Solved Need New Graphics Card, PCI-E Inspiron 545

July 20, 2012 at 12:56:52
Specs: Windows 7
Hello forums :D first post!

First let me start off with what I'm looking for, I have recently started playing Starcraft 2, but my computer can barely handle the lowest graphics settings (averages 20 fps). I would like to be able to play at higher graphics setting, with a steady fps.

I have a Dell Inspiron 545

I can order a graphics card online, and any links to a recommended graphics card would be highly appreciated. By the time I am done with this thread I hope to have a graphics card chosen.

I do not need a high end graphics card, the cheaper the better. I'm hoping I can achieve my budget of 80$, but if you can go lower, even better.

Thanks for all your help!

What I've been looking at is a Radeon HD 6670 (GDDR5) specifically this one:

http://www.amazon.com/EAH6670-DIS-1...


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✔ Best Answer
July 21, 2012 at 09:55:05
The GT 220 is a comsiderably weaker card than the HD 6670. This comparison might not be 100% accurate, but it will give you a general idea:

http://www.hwcompare.com/10877/gefo...

All you can do is try the card & hope for the best. If the system won't boot with the card in place, the PSU is inadequate. If the system boots but you run into problems such as locking up or random reboots, especially when gaming, the PSU is inadequate.



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July 20, 2012 at 14:06:55
Be aware that your power supply needs to be capable of handling a gaming card, otherwise it will have to be upgraded as well. Here's a cheaper HD 6670:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
July 20, 2012 at 14:12:45
Not much cheaper, but it is cheaper. I cannot really see any difference between the two. If the one you recommended is better, how so?

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#3
July 20, 2012 at 14:32:30
I didn't say it's better, I said it's cheaper. And if you have to pay both tax & shipping at Amazon, the Newegg deal is even cheaper because you don't get charged for either. Plus you get a coupon for a free download of Dirt3 (worth $50). Hardware-wise, the Asus card is probably better. The GPU core is clocked 10MHz higher but that's no big deal, but it does have the following:

• Pump up graphics performance with Super Alloy Power that delivers 15% Performance boost, 2.5 longer lifespan, 35C cooler operation
• Dust-proof fan design dissipates heat efficiently and extends card lifespan by 25% longer
• Extends your visual horizon across three displays for engaging entertainment

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/...


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#4
July 20, 2012 at 14:35:53
OK thank you, I think I will stick with the Asus due to the longer life span. All I need to do now is make sure that it is compatible with my computer, how can I go about doing that?

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#5
July 20, 2012 at 17:58:13
Do you have the Inspiron 545MT (mini-tower) or the 545S (slim)? If it's the S, you're going to have problems, if it's the MT, the card will fit but the 300W PSU may not be able to handle the added load.

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#6
July 21, 2012 at 08:28:10
I have the mini-tower, and my psu was also a concern to me. However, in the reviews of the Asus, buyers state that they had a 300w power supply and it worked fine.

Are there any more factors, also any installation tips? When the card comes in should I just follow the procedures that come with it or is there anything else I should know. I've heard that you must remove all static from your body or else you can fry your motherboard, is this true and how can I prevent that from happening?


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#7
July 21, 2012 at 08:30:16
"buyers state that they had a 300w power supply and it worked fine"

Not all 300W PSUs are created equal. Some will work, others will not. You need to check the amperage specs.


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#8
July 21, 2012 at 08:32:54
OK, how can I do this?

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#9
July 21, 2012 at 08:56:52
Shut down the PC, unplug the power cord, open the case, & get the info off the label on the side of the PSU. You should see something like this:

http://www.aquamoontrading.com/EB/P...

Post back the amperage specs for the +3.3V, +5V, & +12V. Notice that there may be a +12VA & +12VB. The "max combined" info is important as well. You can also identify the actual manufacturer of the PSU by entering the UL number into the following:

http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.ph...

The UL number in the example I posted is E173738, the manufacturer is Delta.


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#10
July 21, 2012 at 09:04:25
It's a +12v

I'm not at home at the moment, so I couldn't actually look in the case. I got the info from here:

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...

In the last post of the first paragraph he states he opened the case and found this out himself.


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#11
July 21, 2012 at 09:55:05
✔ Best Answer
The GT 220 is a comsiderably weaker card than the HD 6670. This comparison might not be 100% accurate, but it will give you a general idea:

http://www.hwcompare.com/10877/gefo...

All you can do is try the card & hope for the best. If the system won't boot with the card in place, the PSU is inadequate. If the system boots but you run into problems such as locking up or random reboots, especially when gaming, the PSU is inadequate.


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#12
July 21, 2012 at 10:03:19
Thank you riider for all your help! I had a lot of questions and you answered them all. I plan on ordering the Asus HD 6670 today, however if I encounter any problems, I will return it at purchase the GT 220.

Thanks again!


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#13
July 21, 2012 at 19:19:36
"however if I encounter any problems, I will return it at purchase the GT 220"

NO! If you encounter problems, keep the HD 6670 & upgrade the power supply instead. The Corsair 430W is only about $20-25 after rebate at Newegg. It's an excellent unit.


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#14
July 21, 2012 at 21:42:42
OK sounds like a plan. The card is scheduled to be delivered on Monday. If I do not post any more, the card is working fine. Thanks again.

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