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Old 10-18-2008, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to get a low profile graphics card for less than £100 for my dell inspiron 530s - i've got a standard power supply and preferably don't want to change it at the moment because I'm not very good with the technical stuff!
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The HD 4670s are great cards and are decently cheap, try finding a good sale on one and you should be set :]
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100 pounds will get you a decent card if you had a good psu.

Just look at the 4670 as said by SuxoR, or maybe the 8800gs/9600gso.
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Default Re: best low profile graphics card...suggestions?

on budget
KustomPCs.co.uk - Asus GF9600GT Silent HTDI PCI-E 512Mb Graphics Card
slightly over budget
KustomPCs.co.uk - Asus GF9800GT HTDI PCI-E 512Mb Graphics Card

What wattage is your psu??? What is the make as well???
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I've got a 250w but according to the support forums on dell this is underrated and should be good for between 300-350w max output

someone has recommended 8600 GT 512MB from Chaintech, should I risk it with my power supply?

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Default Re: best low profile graphics card...suggestions?

Go for a 4670 instead and look into a cheap earthwatt 380 PSU.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
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If you can't find the Antec Earthwatts, I have a Thermaltake 430W XP550. I think there great, my friend runs a 4850 of his and they are really cheap.
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9600GT performs better but it does consume more power than HD4670
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If you are trying to upgrade a Dell Dimension 530s, then you will not be able to use any of those cards due to the size limitations of the case. The only thing I found that might be worth the investment is Newegg.com - KFA2 by Galaxy 96GFF6VIFCXX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Low Profile Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards. I couldn't find an equivalent browsing through a few UK stores.
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The 9600gt looks just as big as any other cards suggested.

Have you got the actual dimensions of the card?
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