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LucifaZ

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Hello Forums,

I want to upgrade my graphics card on my Dell Inspiron 530. I know it is an old computer, but I am in no position to buy a new one.

What I really want to know if it's possible to even upgrade my graphics card on my computer and if so, what other components might I need to buy in order for me to do so.

Any help is greatly appreciated :)

I shall attach my DxDiag and links to pictures of my motherboard.

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Hi LucifaZ :)
There are various model of MB used in the Dell 530 so we need to establish which one is in yours
Download and run speccy http://www.piriform.com/speccy post a screenshot of the results.
One limiting factor you have is the stock 300W PSU, they are infamous for poor quality and performance I`m afraid.
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Thanks for replying :)

Here's the screenshots:

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You are welcome and thank you for the screenshots.
Ok the MB will accept the PCI-E X16 add on graphics card so can you now let us know what your maximum budget is for the card and what the computers planned use will be for, gaming, school or office work, web browsing etc, this will determine the required performance that the card needs to achieve and whether a PSU upgrade is necessary.
See page 129 of the user manual for fitting a PCI-E X16 video card in the Dell 530;
http://support.dell....M/PDF/om_en.pdf
I have also checked the output of the present PSU readings in your screenshot and the +3.3V, +5V and +12V were fine at the time but that can change when the system is put under load, let us know the requested details and we can research video cards for you.
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Well the primary use is for gaming, since the chipset I have on the computer is fine for school, office work etc.

My budget on the graphics card would have to be around £60 (that's probably around $100, sorry I don't really know the conversion rates). For a kind of requirement, the graphics card should have at least pixel shader 2 and at least run Battlefield 2 without problem, but I am willing to spend at the budget.

Thansk for all your help :)
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http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121426 read the reviews and this card apparently works well with a 300W PSU, let us know your thoughts, me personally would look to swapping in a better PSU as soon as you are able.
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I read the reviews and it looks good.

But if you look at the pictures of my Motherboard, the contact pins are on the other side, so if I were to put it in, it would have to be upside down (the fan and the logo will be pointing downwards).

Is that a problem?
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Slight confusion here I think, the card will simply slot in and the contact pins are on both sides, with our assistance (if you require it) this task will take you no longer than 15 minutes.
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Ah ok, the image was just a bit confusing, that's all haha.

I will order it then and I will take you up on that assistance in the meantime.

Thanks so much :)
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No worries and when you are ready let us know and we will gladly assist.
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