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Windows 7: Graphics Card Upgrade

15 May 2011   #1
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 
Graphics Card Upgrade

I Have the dell Inspiron 580s and want to upgrade my graphics card on their site i found this 1
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
will it work


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15 May 2011   #2
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Is this a desktop or laptop?

If this is a laptop, did you check to see if the card can be replace? Most laptops have integrated cards that can't be replaced.

Have you checked to see if your card is replaceable?
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15 May 2011   #3
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wally1324 View Post
I Have the dell Inspiron 580s and want to upgrade my graphics card on their site i found this 1
ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3
will it work
Yes it will work as it has a PCIe slot
Inspiron 580 Desktop Details | Dell
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15 May 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well there you have it
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15 May 2011   #5
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

wally1324,
I'm showing 300 watt power supply for this model and a mini tower case. Three things you need to pay close attention to.
1) Can you install a larger premium power supply because 300 watts won't power a premium GPU properly?
2) Measure the length available at the PCIe slot which you intend to install the new card and pay attention to if the card as power terminations on top or the end of the card and add length if needed.
3) Does my case have enough cooling fans and air flow to hold temps in check during heavy use and summer months and if not then review other options like better fans, additional fans or the like.
Checking with most of the 5450 designs they call for a minimum 400 watt PSU....If you need to replace the PSU as well then please look to upgrade to a modular design and go for at least a 500-650 watt unit rated 80% Silver or Bronze.
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15 May 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yowan that he has the 580s, not the 580. The 580s only has a 250W power supply,

Inspiron 580s Desktop Details | Dell Canada

It comes with the option of adding in the G310 (OEM version of the G210, and identical in every way), which on the raw specs requires more power than the HD 5450,

Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com

It may not be an option now but it also looks like Dell did sell that model at one timne with the 5450 in it,

Dual monitor with 1Mb ATI Radeon HD 5450 on Inspiron 580S - Desktop Video Forum - Desktop - Dell Community

Now with all that said it will probably be fine with the 540 in it as Dell tends to use better than average power supplies (and underrate them, so that 250W is probably comparable to a good quality 275-300W).

If you do decide to get the card do yourself a favor and do not get it from Dell. Almost $100 from Dell,

Graphic Cards : Desktop Accessories | Dell

when you can get it elsewhere for 1/3 the price,

Newegg.com - HIS H545HO512 Radeon HD 5450 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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15 May 2011   #7
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

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15 May 2011   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That must be an underrated PSU as see the power req. listed here.http://biz.tigerdirect.com/applicati...057&CatId=3669 Boy it boils down to who do you believe? Good luck....I see a PSU in your future.....I predict ! The 5450 will likely run as these aren't large demanding cards but have you added anything else like additional HD's or opticals drives....do you plan to add additional HD's, then things can tighten up even further. All the manufactures skimp on components and if they say 250 or 300 then I would never assume more power is available.
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15 May 2011   #9
wally1324

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

I havent added anytihing to the orignal its as is this will be the 1st upgrade
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15 May 2011   #10
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

$126 dollars!! check out this Newegg.com - HIS H545HO512 Radeon HD 5450 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

The big question is what do you want to do? Light gaming/watch movies/play crysis on max....because that is a weak card...also is it a full tower or a mini tower....and as linnemeyerhere said a psu is in your future/do you want to buy one now, or after the smoke.....
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