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I'm new to the computer gaming commmunity and I need your help with a new computer I bought. I don't play games at all yet but want to start. I ended up buying a cheap Dell Inspirion 530 with the following components:

CPU: Intel Core2 processor Q6600 (2.40Ghz 1066FSB) 8MB cache

Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive (7200RPM)

DVD Drives: 48X CDRW/DVD COMBO and 16X DVD+/-RW Drive

OS: Vista

Video Card: Crappy 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS


When the computer came, it didn't come with any info on the mother board or PSU, so I'm assuming they probably suck. What is the best video card for my set-up? I will upgrade the PSU to whatever is necessary for the GPU when I buy it. My problem is I don't know what graphics card is compatable with whatever mother board I have.

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post #2 of 11
Chances are you will need a new PSU too, I doubt the Dell one will be any good.

The 8800GT seems to be the flavour of choice for Nvidia users, and the HD3870 is ATi's 'version'. Both do a great job.

Or you could wait for the new cards to come out in a few weeks time

EDIT: Open up the case and the mobo model number should be on the board near the centre.

Also the expansion slots should be labelled. I'd say it would be a PCI-express slot you would have. I'd be horrified if it was AGP
    
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post #3 of 11
Depends on your budget.

8800GT would be a good GPU.
For Budget get 8600GT.
    
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post #4 of 11
The HD3870 is $40 cheaper from the egg ($190 comapre to $230), so I would say go for that over the 8800GT

http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category...-Video-Devices
    
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post #5 of 11
Google CPU-Z and download the program and run it. It'll tell you your motherboard model, which is probably some Dell proprietary board. And with the 8300GS, sounds like you have a PCI Express slot, so all current cards will work with a possible PSU upgrade. For no budget, I'd go nVidia 8800GT 512MB or AMD 3870. For budget, try and find an X1950 Pro, I think they are about $150 new, and considerably less if used.
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post #6 of 11
8800GT is a better card than the 3870...the one I have was 200 after 20 dollar MIR @ the egg
post #7 of 11
Here is an article rating video cards as of February 2008.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...008/index.html

That will cover all budgets. Like said above I am sure you will have to upgrade your PSU, I am sure the dell one can barely power the system the way it is.
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post #8 of 11
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Thanks for the quick responces guys. I was looking at the following GPU:

EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Now my questions are what PSU would be sufficient enought to handle that GPU (400W or 500W), what additional cooling components do I need to make, and will this GPU fit in a Dell mid-tower?

From what I've read the 8800GT runs a bit warm, but there are ways to increase fan speed. The dell tower has little cooling vents and only two fans that are visable from outside the tower. Also, I read this particular GPU is fairly big.
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post #9 of 11
usually the vid cards have some dimensions i would measure to be safe. As far as i can tell video cards run hot as hell. easily the biggest heat radiator in my pc. I believe you can manually change the fan speed with some software. They do get kinda loud though. if you have room to mount more fans i would consider at least 1 new one.

As far as a psu goes the video cards are also pwer hogs. I probably wouldnt buy anything under 550 watts corsair 550vx is nice I am happy with mine

Manufacturer im in the nvidia bus right now but i have nothing agains ati. actually this is my first nvidia gpu.
    
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post #10 of 11
You should be able to up the fan-speed using RivaTuner. Google and download. As far as it fitting, bust out the measuring tape and see. A good-quality, inexpensive PSU is the one I'm using, Antec Basiq, 500W. Cost me about $70 Canadian.
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