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I have had my current computer since 2001 (512 MB RAM, 1.8GHz processor, Geforce 2 graphics card) and as you can imagine it is incredibly slow so I finally purchased a new one based on my needs so I got a Dell Inspiron 620 Slim Tower.

Here are the system specs:
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2320 processor (3.0GHz with 6MB Cache)
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 DIMMs
250 Watt TFX12V Supply (Dell OEM brand I assume)
The dimensions of the case are height: 37.79cm (14.9" ), width: 10.6cm (4.2" ), depth: 43.31cm (17.01" )
Intel® HD Graphics (integrated)

I know you all probably build your own computers so please don't hate my system, after all it is incredibly better than what I am coming from and is all I need (I don't need a computer for intense gaming). It will be used for leisure such as browsing, music, videos, and the only game I ever play which is THE original Counter-Strike.

As a reference, the only card Dell offered when I was customizing the PC was the AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB DDR3 for $70 but I heard from a friend that the card wasn't even worth the purchase. I also know I am pretty limited to cards because of my small power supply and the smaller case size. I was told I would probably need a low profile card and I believe a card that only takes up one slot.


So my questions are: #1 for my needs do I even need a separate graphics card or would the integrated graphics work just fine since I have plenty of RAM? #2 If you do recommend a card could you help me find one that would be WORTH the purchase? I am looking to spend ~$100 max.


Thanks for any help smile.gif
post #2 of 6
For games as old as CS 1.6, Intel HD Graphics should be plenty powerful enough. However, recent games will perform incredibly poorly.

Your upgrade options are fairly limited by the 250w PSU. Without being able to replace the PSU, I'm not sure any upgrade it really worth it.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info.

I don't plan on playing any other games (I know the newer games take a lot more powerful computers and graphics cards), so it sounds like I will just stick with what I have.



Just a random question: IF I were to upgrade to a good graphics card, I would need a bigger power supply, but do you even think I can get a bigger power supply to fit in my slim tower case? lol.
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You wouldn't necessarily need a "bigger" power supply, but yes you would need one that supplies a higher maximum wattage.
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Just out of curiosity, how much did you pay for that dell?
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32GB (4GBx8) Kingston 1066 ECC DDR3 (4x) Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD's out of an old NAS Lightscribe CD/DVDRW Xubuntu 16.04 
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Dell 17" 4:3 Trash Dell Membrane OCZ 750w Generic Mid Tower 
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For the PC itself, $500. But I got new everything since all my stuff is out of date or not working right, except for my mouse. So I also got a 24" LED monitor and a new sound system. Total price for everything after tax and shipping was $809.
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