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Old March 27, 2011, 05:20 PM
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Im running a dell inspiron 530,
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Intel core 2 duo 4400 @ 2.00 GHz
monitor is 1080p
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trying to find a card for about $50 to play css and probably some cod4 or mw2 until I have the money for a new machine.

Is this even a possibility(w/ only upgrading the gpu) and which graphics card should I get?
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Old March 27, 2011, 06:06 PM
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From what I read your system should have came with the Radeon HD 3650 and at 50$ unless you are getting a used card most of your options are not going to be much more powerful...

Now when upgrading traditionally power hungry parts like a GPU, you should always consider what PSU you have...and from what I can see your system probably has a 300W "Dell" unit....aka stay away of cards that need any significant amount of juice to power!

Really in the sub50$ new category there isn't much I could suggest as an UPGRADE but if you're willing to go for 65$ there is a decent Radeon HD 4830 on sale at NCIX atm.

Keep in mind that wont be a huge improvement but should give u decent FPS in games like MW2 as long as you're not running higher resolutions (720p or even slightly higher should be fine tho).

However, this card uses a 6pin PCI power connector and need 122W under load (the older 3650s used less, 88W). Therefore, PowerColor recommends a 450W PSU, so a 300W Dell PSU might not be enough depending on the power draw of the rest of your system.

Edit: at first I didn't notice this card used 30W more than the reference design...

Last edited by BrutalGreen; March 27, 2011 at 06:11 PM. Reason: at first I didn't notice this card used 30W more than the reference design...
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Old March 27, 2011, 06:12 PM
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the psu is 300w made by acbel
the gpu was an 8400gs but it fried and im currently using my onboard gpu which is a pain because i cant even open counterstrike source and i always have to fidget with the hardware acceleration
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Old March 27, 2011, 06:15 PM
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whats the model number on the psu? you could try to score a used 8800gt maybe
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Old March 27, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Where are you located? Maybe somebody close by has something you can pick up for a decent price........
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Old March 27, 2011, 06:27 PM
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its an acbel pc6037

and i live in Winnipeg, MB
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I'd say your best bet is to find a used 8800GT/8800GTS/HD4850 etc. Any such card will play CS:S and MW2 no problem. If you're set on buying new, your options are pretty crappy.
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cant find specs on it. what does it say on the side,amperage wise? also it will say 12v max xxx watts and the like.

your pc minus video card will be around 100-125 watts i think. on the said 12v rail.
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Old March 27, 2011, 07:03 PM
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Either way your PSU does look quite flimsy on paper, however if you're looking to upgrade from an IGP most GPUs should give a substantial boost in performance. The XFX GT 240 is the slightly more recent equivalent of your old card using about the same amount of power (60W load) but performs substantially better! Its currently on special on NCIX at 35$ AFTER MIR... but tbh ur best bet would be too look around for a used card + PSU upgrade IMO...
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This guy is selling an 8800GT 512MB for $45: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/fs-ga...ja-hsf-594906/
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