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Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me choose a graphics card for my Dell Inspiron 620. My specs are as follows:
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz43 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0GDG8Y (CPU 1)
Graphics
HP S2031 (1600x900@60Hz)
Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Hard Drives
977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA)35 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH70N ATA Device
Audio
Conexant HD Audio

I am looking to do some hardcore online gaming, such as Call of Duty and Battlefield 3. I also am looking for a card preferably from www.newegg.com or another trusted online retailer. If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
You're kind of limited with the 300w PSU. I would look at an HD 5670 or 6670, but you won't really be able to max games like BF3. I'm not sure what settings it would play on.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. Are these graphics cards a sure match for me? How much better are they than the one I previously have? And will I be able to run games on lowest settings but still smoothly?
Also, will my motherboard support these graphics cards?
Edited by Deydria - 10/22/11 at 7:06pm
post #4 of 13
That DELL has a "Intel® HD Graphics Video Card AMD Radeon HD-6450 1GB DDR3" in it ... and a 300 Watt ATX Power Supply.

If what you're looking to do is play BF3 at a high level, you'd need to Upgrade BOTH.

What BUDGET do you have to work with ?

For a PSU ... consider something like =
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

My Personal recommendations as for a GRAPHICS CARD ...
if you want nVidia GeForce go 2GB GTX-560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

if you want AMD Radeon go 2GB HD-6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

Your MotherBoard I'll assume is a factory OEM which means most likely only ONE PCI-e x16 slot so IF you're going to spend money to upgrade I wouldn't really buy too cheap a card because you won't be able to ever SLI or X-Fire dual cards on it, and at the level of GPU I'm recommending you should be OK to run BF3 somewhat fine on AVG settings and be future proof for at least a couple of years, though I'm not sure if any part of your DELL OEM system would bottleneck performance on you, maybe someone else that knows more about that can chime in. smile.gif
   
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan;15414737 
That DELL has a "Intel® HD Graphics Video Card AMD Radeon HD-6450 1GB DDR3" in it ... and a 300 Watt ATX Power Supply.

If what you're looking to do is play BF3 at a high level, you'd need to Upgrade BOTH.

What BUDGET do you have to work with ?

For a PSU ... consider something like =
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

My Personal recommendations as for a GRAPHICS CARD ...
if you want nVidia GeForce go 2GB GTX-560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

if you want AMD Radeon go 2GB HD-6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575
/or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

Your MotherBoard I'll assume is a factory OEM which means most likely only ONE PCI-e x16 slot so IF you're going to spend money to upgrade I wouldn't really buy too cheap a card because you won't be able to ever SLI or X-Fire dual cards on it, and at the level of GPU I'm recommending you should be OK to run BF3 somewhat fine on AVG settings and be future proof for at least a couple of years, though I'm not sure if any part of your DELL OEM system would bottleneck performance on you, maybe someone else that knows more about that can chime in. smile.gif

^Listen to this guy.

although if you want to do "hardcore" gaming, replace that i3 and the RAM, they are pretty slow

also count all the open PCIe 2 slots(they're long and has a small socket next to a really long socket, but still attached), since this is a prebuilt desktop, all the sockets might be already used, and you cant add a discrete video card.

another point of concern might be your motherboard itself, even if you can add all the possible upgrades, your motherboard might not be able to handle or utilize the extra performance and achieve your "hardcore" expectations.

if you have the time and about 800-ish$, build yourself a gaming rig
Edited by InterestedThirdParty - 10/22/11 at 7:50pm
   
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Be aware that you might have to measure for the PSU as that dell is a mATX design with a proprietary case that may not have room for the average PSU. I'll bet it uses a short ATX supply so make sure to crack open the case and check it out if you want to upgrade that as well.
post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by InterestedThirdParty;15414773 
^Listen to this guy.
HA! thanks smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by InterestedThirdParty;15414773 
although if you want to do "hardcore" gaming, replace that i3 and the RAM, they are pretty slow

also count all the open PCIe 2 slots(they're long and has a small socket next to a really long socket, but still attached), since this is a prebuilt desktop, all the sockets might be already used, and you cant add a discrete video card.

another point of concern might be your motherboard itself, even if you can add all the possible upgrades, your motherboard might not be able to handle or utilize the extra performance and achieve your "hardcore" expectations.
if you have the time and about 800-ish$, build yourself a gaming rig
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scorpion49;15415050 
Be aware that you might have to measure for the PSU as that dell is a mATX design with a proprietary case that may not have room for the average PSU. I'll bet it uses a short ATX supply so make sure to crack open the case and check it out if you want to upgrade that as well.
Valid suggestions both ... but DELL should be using standard ATX PSU's like most OEM's they stopped the proprietary BS shortly after most Pentium 4 systems and such ... that Dell Inspiron 620 should be somewhat like the HP Pavilion case I have, and you can swap in/out any standardized ATX PSU these days, she won't be looking at the larger 1000-1200 watt model ATX's that might be a size concern. And this looks like it might be her MoBo ...

128234.jpgmtabout9.jpg

... so she should have either ONE free PCI-e x16 slot, if that Radeon HD-6450 is integrated on the MoBo, or would be a CARD she'd have to remove and replace if not.
   
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by LA_Kings_Fan;15415490 
Valid suggestions both ... but DELL should be using standard ATX PSU's like most OEM's they stopped the proprietary BS shortly after most Pentium 4 systems and such ... that Dell Inspiron 620 should be somewhat like the HP Pavilion case I have, and you can swap in/out any standardized ATX PSU these days, she won't be looking at the larger 1000-1200 watt model ATX's that might be a size concern. And this looks like it might be her MoBo ..

I was just saying it might be the shorty versions they like to stick in mATX cases that are like 3.5" long. Where a normal 500-600w might be a good bit longer than that. Measure twice, buy once biggrin.gif
post #9 of 13
that i3 is by no means slow. that thing is a beast of a dual core. it curbstomps any phenom II.
post #10 of 13
I just did some digging, heres a shot of the inside of the rig. It looks like a short supply but it has plenty of space. For this type of case I would highly recommend a blower-style GPU not an internal venting one, it looks like airflow is absolutely atrocious.
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