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My friend in California lives with his parents. They wanted to get him a computer for his birthday. He is 23 y/o.

Unfortunately they can only afford one for him to buy a prebuilt from Dell, because they have a Credit Card from Dell that is wide open (has no outstanding purchases on it). For some reason or another they will not use anything but their dell card. So please don't try and push newegg as I already know, and have tried.

So they do seem to be open to buying the tower from Dell.
And buying a GPU separately out of pocket. (Like I said it makes no sense but that is what they are doing)

So what is the cheapest GPU that might be able to run Diablo 3 on max settings.

FYI: The dell tower has an i3 2120 in it.

My buddy said their max for buying a video card separately would be ~$150



Again I've already tried talking them out of the prebuilt but its not an option.



*Update*

Thankfully, I talked them into a newegg build and using the Newegg Preferred account for 12mo No Interest

So We are good to go here.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Edited by PappaSmurfsHarem - 5/2/12 at 10:05am
     
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Okay there is the EVGA 550ti with 1GB vram on newegg price check ~$135 free shipping... proof I think it has a stock heatsink...

The Gigabyte which I would find is better is also $5 bucks cheaper... and a non-stock heatsink...(better cooling)
Gigabyte 550ti with vram 1GB alittle higher speeds and is ~$130 proof

Now these are just price checked this afternoon on Newegg but usually is the nominal price across all different vendors. You should see around $125-$145 for a 550ti with a factory overclock.
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What power supply will that Dell have..? Total output? Any idea?

HIS 6850

Bang for buck, I'd get this ^ . A GTX 550ti is basically a GTS 450 with a 192-bit mem bus instead of the old 128-bit.

That 6850 is as powerful as a GTX 460 and uses less power. He will NOT be able to oc the cpu so going hella big on the gpu really wouldn't make much sense imo.
 
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For that budget GTX 460 would probably perform the best (GTX 460 > 6850 in Blizzard games). However, what tower is it? Would really help to know the PSU because it may not be able to handle it.

edit: the ones I see on Dells site are the Inspiron 620 (300W?) and the Alienware X51 (240W/330W in the GTX 555 model) but without knowing more info I probably can't be of help.
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For that budget GTX 460 would probably perform the best (GTX 460 > 6850 in Blizzard games). However, what tower is it? Would really help to know the PSU because it may not be able to handle it.

This ^. 460's still pack a good punch but, power-wise, you have to have the juice to run them. Most Dell psu's aren't the greatest.

Shame they wouldn't be willing to buy used or something: OCN market place, GEEKS and the egg would get him a damn fine rig for about half what they'll end up paying to Dell.
 
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Well there is a used 560ti here in the market place for $150 so that should do it if they are willing to buy used.

Otherwise anything around:
460/560
6850/6870
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post #7 of 20
gtx 550 ti would be perfect
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Former Dell guy here....

Dell Preferred Account....I could say a number of things about as I worked very closely with Dell Financial Services. Though I won't, because as a stranger it wouldn't carry any weight.

About adding a video card to his system....

Dell, like HP and the others, use very low power and typically very low end power supplies in their systems. They use what is just required to work with the system as built, typically you are down in the 350W range on their systems. The exception being their "high end" computers, and even then they use what is JUST enough to run the hardware in it as they built it. So what does this all mean? There is a VERY good chance that if you add a video card, of any decent quality, you are going to have to add a power supply. So the very first thing to do is to pop open the case, once it arrives, and find out exactly what it has. The representative you speak with won't know details of it, and the internal Tech Desk they call won't have exact details either. The most they can tell you would be wattage, but typically not connectors.

Further word of caution....

Doing either will absolutely void any and all warranty with the system, especially the power supply swap. If for some reason they ever found out while needing warranty work, you are out of luck. An added video card is very easy for them to determine, even after it is removed and drivers uninstalled. Power supply would be more difficult to determine if you had to put the original back in for warranty.
    
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If that Dell has an i3 2120, chances are it's got a 300w or 350w PSU, which won't really allow him to add an aftermarket GPU...
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No one still knows (except blizzard), how many fps you get with what card, until release of diablo3. Beta was a "beta", not a "demo", release client is more optimized.
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