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Dell Ispiron 530 Quad-Core and graphics card upgrades

Ww2nerd

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I was wondering if anybody knew what the best card the dell inspiron 530 Quad-Core processor could take?
Keep in mind:
4GB Ram
350W Power Supply
500GB hard drive

I was looking at an 8800GT, but nobody will give me a straight answer as to wether or not it works.
 

Dell Small Business sells the same machine under the guise of the Vostro 400, the 8800 GT is offered as an option.
 

dirtmountain

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EVGA specs for 8800GT Minimum System Requirements

1GB of system memory
CD-ROM drive
50MB of available hard disk drive space for basic driver installation
Microsoft Windows XP operating system
PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one vacant PCI Express x16 slot
Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 22 Amp Amps.)

Minimum 450 Watt for SLI mode system.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amp Amps.)
An available 6 pin PCI-E power connector (hard drive power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter included with card)

Most of us would not recommend that PSU for a 8800GT. I'm not saying it won't work, it probably will, it's just not recommended. You'll be pushing the limits of that PSU.
 

someguy1

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I have the same rig, running Vista with 3GB RAM and a Soundblaster X-treme audio card. I purchased a PNY Geforce 9600GT and don't have any problems.

I was also concerned about the PS since 400 Watts was recommended but have no problems running World of Warcraft at 40-70 FPS in 1280x1024 (usually 70+ during "normal" gameplay) with all settings set to max.

Can't say much in particular about the 8800GT but would assume that since you don't have other drives or devices sucking power, I'd be surprised if power became an issue. Just wish the Dell motherboard had CPU overclocking capabilities...

Still not a straight answer but hope this helps.



 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 and the best I could do was an NVIDIA 8400GS. I also had to cut a hole in the case were the video card was to put in a case fan. If you are looking to do gaming I would upgrade the RAM to 6GB and the hard drive to 640GB (which is the standard drive size). Though you have a 500GB drive I believe you should have a 640GB drive... Hope I helped! :pt1cable:

 

Kisianik

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This is 5 years old post! By now there are so many options without cutting anything....
 

Afton

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In my opinion Navdia 8400 Gs best for dell inspiron 530 Quad-Core but i have no idea about 8800 GT.
 

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