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Old 12-13-2008, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am new here. I am in need of some advice. I have a DELL Inspiron 531.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (Soon to be XP SP3)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 800 MHz
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Integrated
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
19-1 Media Card Reader
PSU 300 Watts

Now I want to upgrade to a better video card...one that is quiet yet affordable. I'm not a gamer but I don't want a sluggish system. But first it is my understanding I will need a better power supply. My question is, what PSU will fit and work with this DELL system?
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks anyways. Didn't realize this was such a difficult question.
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I recently bought a dell and returned it
because of the psu + video problem.

They use there own non stardand parts.
Example: the backwards motherboards.

If you find out what PSU will fit you will
still probably void any dell warranty.

It's a can of worms.
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Hello, I am new here. I am in need of some advice. I have a DELL Inspiron 531.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (Soon to be XP SP3)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 800 MHz
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Integrated
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
19-1 Media Card Reader
PSU 300 Watts

Now I want to upgrade to a better video card...one that is quiet yet affordable. I'm not a gamer but I don't want a sluggish system. But first it is my understanding I will need a better power supply. My question is, what PSU will fit and work with this DELL system?
There are a number of replaceable PSU's that fit to the specific plugs of your system. You can replace it easily - open it up and take a look. Better yet, your graphics card , is it built into the motherboard? (Says integrated, so, I think it is).

If so, you'll have to find info on the PCI slots you have available. You should have atleast two or three available.
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He did list that he is using the integrated graphics. And it doesn't matter how many PCI slots, its important that he has PCI-E. I'm pretty sure he does on that Dell. To the OP, what is your budget on a psu and graphics card?
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