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Is this graphics card and power supply compatible with my computer?


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#1 oddkaos

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 11:04 PM

I've been wanting to upgrade my graphics card for a while now but i've been intimidated by all of the requirements i dont understand. I dont want to buy a graphics card and have it not be compatible with my computer.
I want to install this graphics card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102858
And this power supply because my computer only has a 300W power supply and the graphics card requires 450W:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171036

I'm not exactly sure what i should post but this is what i think is relevant:
Model: Dell Inspiron 530
Motherboard: Dell 0RY007

If there is anything else that i need to post please let me know.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:37 AM

Off hand I would say those two work together, just make sure your case is large enough to fit the card and supply ample cooling. Which, if you have the full case which I think you do, you should in theory be fine though you may want to add another fan to the front if it runs to hot.

Edited by the_patriot09, 29 November 2010 - 12:38 AM.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:44 AM

Thanks for letting me know that they will work together. But i have another concern, is the graphics card and power supply compatible with my motherboard? Also im not sure how i'd know if it has proper cooling or not. I haven't changed the case so i dont know if you could see if the stock case will work.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 05:23 PM

according to dell you have a PCI express x16 lane-so the limiting factor would be the case, if its the slim case that card won't work, if its the full size one it should in theory work.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 05:31 PM

Well i checked inside of the case and there's lots of extra room. I wouldnt describe the case as thin either. It's actually one of the thickest i've ever seen. How big do graphics cards tend to be?

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:08 PM

well if its the mid ATX form factor version of the 530 like you describe then you should be fine. the slimline cases are only like 3 inches thick.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:16 PM

I measured the case and its about 6 1/2 inches wide.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:36 PM

Space wise you should be fine-just make sure that once you install the video card you download a program such as riva tuner to monitor your temps to make sure the cards running cool enough. Rivatuner is completly free and can be found with a simple google search.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:55 PM

Thanks for all your help. I'll be getting these once i can come up with the money. :)

Actually, does operating system matter? Im running Windows 7.

Edited by oddkaos, 29 November 2010 - 11:24 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:51 PM

if your already running windows 7 then no-just have to make sure you install the right drivers for the video card-and they should be included in the video card, or downloaded from the video cards web site.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 04:35 PM

So i'll be getting both of them soon. I'm mostly worried about the PSU. I looked up a few tutorials but i'm still not too sure how to install it. I don't want to end up trying to force any of the plugs into a slot that it doesn't belong in and have anything break. Are there any tutorials that you would suggest?

One of the comments on the PSU.

"Cons: I was very disappointed when I opened the package and saw the cheap looking modular connectors. Sure enough, when I attempted to attach a SATA connector to a hard drive, the plastic connector shattered in my hands."

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:37 PM

Well, Ive never used one of coolermasters modular PSUs, though I use their standard ones all the time, and never had any issue with them. Just be careful with them, good rule of thumb is if you have to force it then its in the wrong way/spot, you should never have to force anything in a modern computer build, most connectors will only plug in one spot and only plug in one way, and most PSUs come with a basic installation guide. Its basically, put the PSU in the mouting position, screw in the 4 screws, then install the 24 pin power connector to the motherboard (some of them are 20+4, the 4 pin connector will be in the same bundle of wires as the 20 pin and will connect to it) then the either 4 or 8 pin CPU power connector (depending in the CPU, some of the newer quad cores use 8 pin) Which, again, with most modern PSUs the CPU connector has 2 4 pin connectors that clip together to make the 8 pin, and if your motherboard only has a 4 pin connector, you only use one of those, and only one will fit. From there you just plug in all your sata and PCI express connectors as well as any molex you need, and your good to go.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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