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Windows 7: Graphics Card Upgrade

28 Feb 2011   #11
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

that's a small dell Inspiron 580s i would seek comparison details from dell for your graphics/psu before upgrades. is there anything on there site?


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28 Feb 2011   #12
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you want to upgrade your graphics card on the cheap without upgrading your power supply, you should consider either a Radeon HD 4650, 5550, 5570, or GeForce GT 220, 240, or 430 and they all should run decently without requiring an upgrade while still wiping the floor with the current Intel onboard graphics on your PC.
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28 Feb 2011   #13
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brianzion View Post
hi there
the ATI 5000 series are good i use the XFX HD5550 fantastic budget card no external power needed it is powered from the board i run two lcd/led monitors with no problems with games/movies/tv etc. ionbasa is correct you could increase the psu to 500w.


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Radeon HD 5550 Key Features

– ATI Eyefinity technology with support for
up to three displays (1,4)
– ATI Stream technology (2)
- Designed for DirectCompute 11
and OpenCL(6)
- Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT) (2,5)
– Compliant with DirectX® 11 and
earlier revisions
– Supports OpenGL 3.2 (6)
– ATI Avivo™ HD video and
display technology (3,7)
– ATI PowerPlay™ technology (7)
– DL-DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
– PCI Express® 2.1 support
- Low profile graphics card, perfect for small form factor or home theater PCs
LINK Radeon HD 5550

With that card would I have to Upgrade my psu or wood it work with the 250w psu that i have
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28 Feb 2011   #14
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The HD 5550 would run just fine with your current PSU.
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28 Feb 2011   #15
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

so this one would be fine to just plug in and it would work

VisionTek - Radeon HD 5550 1GB DDR PCI Express Graphics Card - 900331
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28 Feb 2011   #16
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi wally1234
just check the board spec for the pci slot in the pc (that link for the card you gave is $10 cheaper at amazon.) and you need not worry as Darrican has said about your psu it will be fine after doing some research. if you choose that card and it fits into your dell you will have the option to download the ccc program for it CATALYST CONTROL CENTER from AMD. when you fit the card you boot up windows will install the basic driver for it then head over to AMD and download the ccc for the HD5550 64 BIT version.
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28 Feb 2011   #17
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

will this card give me significantly better performance over what i have now
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28 Feb 2011   #18
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wally1324 View Post
will this card give me significantly better performance over what i have now
yes you will have more performance with it.
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28 Feb 2011   #19
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

1024 (MB) ATI HD5450 Radeon is this what you have in the machine now? looking on dell site for you this is what came up in the specs

SlotsPCIe x16(1), PCIe x 1(1), PCI(2)
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28 Feb 2011   #20
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

no i have the built in intel graphics media accelerator
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