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Morbid_Murder

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#1 9 years ago

I'm trying to get a budget card for my Dell Inspiron 530s, which is the slim-case version. I found out that I need a "low-profile" video card for it to be compatible. I just went onto Newegg.com to try and find one and I see "low-profile" and "low-profile ready". Which of these should I get? I don't wanna order somethin that wouldn't be compatible.

Once I find out which one I need to get, I'll be spending about $30-40 since I don't do any heavy gaming. I'm really starting to wish I just built a custom PC in the first place. This is the first and last one I'll ever buy.




Babeman

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#2 9 years ago

If you can spend $20 over budget, I would go for the low profile 4650. It can even play Bioshock decently at max settings on 1680x1050.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131151

ATI HD Radeon 4650 Review: 9500 GT vs 8600 GT vs HD 4650 vs HD 3650 - Madshrimps Forum Madness

If you can't go over budget then go for the 3450, it's pretty good also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121302

EDIT: Also, can't you just return the dell?

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Morbid_Murder

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#3 9 years ago

Babeman;4913472

EDIT: Also, can't you just return the dell?

Tempting, very tempting. It really was my fault. I'm gonna call Dell tommorrow and see what's up. If it ends up being too much of hassle to refund, then I'll just settle with this for the next year or two. It really isn't too bad though - Core2Duo 3ghz, but building one in the first place would've saved me some money right there, and alot more down the road when I decide that I need an upgrade.

On a random note, Firefox is freezing left and right. I had trouble trying to reply. Had to press esc right after the text loaded.

EDIT: Does low-profile refer to the size or the performance of the card? This case is pretty small. I can take a picture later tonight and post the inside after I open it.




Kilobyte

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#4 9 years ago
Morbid_Murder;4913481EDIT: Does low-profile refer to the size or the performance of the card? This case is pretty small. I can take a picture later tonight and post the inside after I open it.

Size.

Although, running a smaller case, means less room for air-flow. Which means you'll probably need a card that will run cooler.

Keep in mind power consumption, as it won't be easy to upgrade the PSU either.




Morbid_Murder

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#5 9 years ago

Monster_user;4913502Size.

Although, running a smaller case, means less room for air-flow. Which means you'll probably need a card that will run cooler.

Keep in mind power consumption, as it won't be easy to upgrade the PSU either.

If I got a low-budget card, would I have to worry about power consumption?

Anyways I just fixed that firefox problem, some .dll file called msvcr80 was supposed to be in my FF's plugins folder. Had to get it from a Windows folder.....pretty weird.




Babeman

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#6 9 years ago
Morbid_Murder;4913594If I got a low-budget card, would I have to worry about power consumption?

No, the one that came with your machine should be absolutely fine. I had a Dell Dimension E520 a while ago, and I used both an 8800 GT and a 9800GTX (at separate times) and the 300w powersupply was fine and I didn't suffer any issues with it.




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#7 9 years ago

I'd say go for a 4650 as well. It should run most older games with no problem.




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#8 9 years ago

How about the 3450? It's half price after rebate, would it be a decent card to get for older games as well?




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#9 9 years ago
The Soleutator;4914036How about the 3450? It's half price after rebate, would it be a decent card to get for older games as well?

I have the Mobility Radeon 3450 in my laptop, and it's absolute garbage for gaming. As in, this thing barely putters along faster than an Intel integrated graphics card. I can't even play Half-Life 2 or Team Fortress 2 at 1280x800 with settings on low with this thing. I only got it because it was the only option besides the Intel X3100. The 4650 will definitely do his system more justice, and it's not exactly expensive.




Oblivious

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#10 9 years ago
Zamamee;4914070I have the Mobility Radeon 3450 in my laptop, and it's absolute garbage for gaming. As in, this thing barely putters along faster than an Intel integrated graphics card. I can't even play Half-Life 2 or Team Fortress 2 at 1280x800 with settings on low with this thing. I only got it because it was the only option besides the Intel X3100. The 4650 will definitely do his system more justice, and it's not exactly expensive.

Sounds odd. My laptop with a 7400Go in it can handle CoH, GTASA as well as HL2 on those type of settings pretty well. It's no gamer, but it does alright. I would have thought the much newer ATI would be better.