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Integrated Intel(R) HD graphic card. Can I upgrade this? Or am I stuck?


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#1 AmandaP

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:50 PM

Hi guys! Been on the forum all day long, I have to say that you all have helped me quite a bit :D Anyway.....

I have a Dell Inspiron 580
Windows 7 64 bit(can't figure out what service pack is installed, if there is one, so I apologize)
RAM: 4GB (3.80 GB Usable)
Processor: Intel® Core™ i3CPU 550 @3.20 GHz 3.2 GHz

So, my question is.... Since it's integrated... Could I upgrade to a better one and just disable that one? My husband have been having this debate for a year now LOL What I want to do is be able to play Final Fantasy 14. Last time I checked the recommended system requirements for graphics card was: NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GTX 460 with 768 MB VRAM or equivalent.

If I am able to do this, what is a good equivalent? Thank you in advance for your help :D

Heres the page about my pc:
http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/Index

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:09 PM

The spec page you linked to doesn't work.

Is it the full size 580, or the slim case?

GTX460 pulls ~160 watts which means...............a new power supply. If you have a slim case, videocard won't fit, and finding a 500 watt PSU will be about impossible. Likewise, if it is the full width case, you will still have to measure to verify the card will fit the case, as well as invest in a new PSU.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:11 PM

Well, its a bit difficult to tell, what you have linked is a dell 4700, but the specs you listed are definitly not from a 4700. the 4700 lists pentium 4s as the best CPU availaible for it, and you list a i3. . .are you sure you have the right model? anyway, if the computer has a PCI express 16 slot, you should be able to upgrade the video card, however you may have to upgrade the PSU as well. I could give you more complete information if I had the correct model number and specs.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:43 PM

So sorry, don't know how that happened... yikes. Let me try this again then.... if it still comes up all crazy, the specs I wrote out are the correct. Just wanted to post a link for you guys to verify with. It is the full size one. I have never opened it up before either.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-580/pd lets try this... and thanks again :D

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:46 PM

So sorry, don't know how that happened... yikes. Let me try this again then.... if it still comes up all crazy, the specs I wrote out are the correct. Just wanted to post a link for you guys to verify with. It is the full size one. I have never opened it up before either.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-580/pd lets try this... and thanks again :D



Just want to make it clear I guess its the inspiron 580s desktop.... It says slim tower... but It looks pretty standard size to me and seems bigger than any tower I have ever had before...

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:17 AM

To verify the size, can you please take a photo of it and upload it to your next post?

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:49 PM

The s after the model means slimline in Dell nomenclature.
Thus a Inspiron 580 is a standard tower and a Inspiron 580s is a slimline.

If you do take a picture a Michael has requested to verify please place a ruler so that it shows the width of the case.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:55 PM

Just so you know, Final Fantasy XIV is being redone with a different engine and is due out either later this year or early next. The current game crushes almost every graphics card and isn't very well optimized. As for your case, you can play it safe and get a low-profile card or measure your case from fron't to back and its width. Also, any GPU good enough for gaming will probably require a decent power supply of 500W or 550W.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:13 PM

To verify the size, can you please take a photo of it and upload it to your next post?



Alright, thank you :D I will be doing that tomorrow.




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