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Old 03-21-2009, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If I were to get (yes, I know.. dell, boo):

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OPTICAL DRIVE 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
VIDEO CARD Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

Dell gives me an option to upgrade the Video Card to a ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB supporting HDMI.

If I were to just skip out on that and kept it with the integrated graphics, would/could this be a better upgrade to buy individually and do you think it would run it?

Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N761-TR GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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It would definitely run it, but I can't find the 3450 on our graphics card rankings so I can't tell you how they'd compare other than rough guesswork.
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If you can scrape up $5 more you can get this:
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100248L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

It will blow a 8600 out of the water. Plus it has a $10 MIR with it.

Or $10 for this one, also with a $10 MIR.
Newegg.com - Apollo AP-HD4670 256MB Radeon HD 4670 256MB 128-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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I did a Dell Instant Chat thing with one of their support people, I asked them the Wattage and what the rails were for the particular system.

All the person could tell me was that the system could only really manage 256MB video cards.

I don't know how true that is though.

Any ideas? Plus, thanks for those suggestions.
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The 3850 requires a 450W PSU, the 4670 requires a 400W.

The model you are looking at, the Inspirion 530S, is a slim-line model. You would have to use half-height careds in it. That means it would be a pain in the rear. you would be better off going with a model with a standard sized case. I would recommend looking at the Vostro line.

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Ewww.... Howd ya manage that? 1GB x2 + 512MB x2???
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