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Old 04-03-2008, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So recently a family member bought me a Dell Inspiron 530s and I'm not saying the computer is at all terrible its great for everyday tasks and light gaming. I was wondering what is the highest graphics card i can upgrade the system to, taken that I HAVE NOT REPLACED ANYTHING and the system is still the way i got it. heres a link to the specs ZDNet Dell Inspiron 530s Desktop Computer (Intel Pentium dual-core processor E2160 1.80GHz, 320GB HDD, 2GB RAM) Review & Comparison

thanks in advance for those who help or try to help.
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well my guess it has a pcieX 16 slot so you have a wide range of upgrades available. But i bet that dell came with a 250-300W psu.

So if you want a good high end gpu, you will have to get a new psu.

You could get the latest cards, but that cpu might end up bottlenecking you since you cant overclock and your mobo has locked your bios.

Whats your budget and what kind of games do you play?
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taken that this was your computer and you had around 300-400$ to spend how would you upgrade it?
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Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N861-AR GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics

Newegg.com - FSP Group Blue Storm II ATX 2.2 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CSA, VDE, NEMKO, CNS, CE, CB, FCC - Power Supplies

That's $240 + shipping. Other than that, you may want to add a case fan to help with cooling.
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yeh...the case looks pretty slim and i bet the airflow is horrible and tehre isnt an take fan!.
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i wouldn't assume it has a pciex16 slot...(though krazyq is probably right and it will)...open it up and see.
we can help you figure out if it does.
and also the specs on your psu will likely be listed on the side of it.
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I looked up the specs, naga. One PCI-E x16, 250W.
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trotter is 100% right.... i looked it all up last night and was too lazy to repost the specs.
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Ok so a new psu and 9600 and cooling fan to be on the safwe side?
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Ok so a new psu and 9600 and cooling fan to be on the safwe side?
yep...and your good to go!
unless you wanna switch out your mobo....so then you can oc your cpu higher...to like 3ghz or maybe even higher....but that would end up voiding warranty yeh...just stick with the gpu, psu and extra fan to cool your pc.
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