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  1. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am after a graphics to go into an older PC.
    Its a Dell Inspiron 530, circa 2010/2011

    Specifications:

    • Foxconn DG33M03 rev:A00 (SE0709)
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz (64bit)
    • OCZ Platinum Series 8GB (2x4GB) PC2-8500C5 1066MHz
    • OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD
    • Transcend PCI-E USB 3.0 Card
    • 350w PSU (non-standard size so impossible to replace)
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Windows Experience Base Score 3.4
    • (Processor: 7.1, RAM: 7.1, Graphics: 3.9, Gaming: 3.4, Primary HDD: 7.3)

    Basically I had a graphics card in it, but it went all funny so I took it out, to be technical.
    So now I am looking to get another one as I need as I do alot of photo and video editing and my machine isn't coping well without one!

    Limitations:

    • From what I can tell the motherboard has a PCI-E x16 1.0 slot for graphics cards.
    • There is a PCI-E x1 below it, which I have the Transcend USB 3.0 card plugged into, so it will have to be a single slot GFX card.
    • I only require 1 DVI port, but two is fine and I'd love an HDMI port too.
    • Looking to spend about £60, which is about $100.
    • A concern is the 350w PSU. I have my USB 3.0 card powered from a spare 15 pin SATA cable to 6 pin molex, which I don't think will draw much, but worth mentioning.

    So can anyone suggest a graphics card that was either very good a while ago that will suit or is new card thats backwards compatible that will help my poor old PC get back up to running speed? I'm not too fussy about buying off eBay and getting a second hand one, if I can get a better card for the same money. I have no loyalty with Radeon or Nvidia, so either is fine. I'd just like it to a proper make rather than the fall apart brands I have bought (due to cost) before, like Palit.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. flavallee

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    From what I can determine, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor draws about 105 watts.

    If that Dell Inspiron 530 desktop has a 350 watt power supply, you're pushing it to its limits by doing video editing and installing a more powerful video card.

    I suggest installing a heatsink model that uses less power instead of installing a cooling fan model.

    I'm not a hardware expert, so my advice is pretty limited.

    I'll leave you with those who can give you more and better advice.

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  3. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    Thanks for this reply, the last graphics card I had a fan and it didn't seem to be a problem (unless this is what eventually killed it!), but I will certainly be cautious and not buy a very heavy drawing card.
     
  4. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    I forgot that alot of editing programs now have CUDA support, so I guess going for an Nvidia card would be a better option.
    Unless these are big culprits for drawing alot of power and/or won't be supported by my motherboard?

    The GeForce GT 610 draws 29W, and that's the model with a fan so I'm guessing a passivemodel would draw less.
    So it seems there are low powered options out there...
     
  5. flavallee

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    I'm partial to NVIDIA chip-cards over ATI-chip cards, but it's your choice.

    Here are some NVIDIA GT 610 cards that you can browse through.

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  6. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    Thanks flavallee, although I still have questions.

    Will going for a new card like these be worth while considering I only have a PCI-E x16 1.0 slot?

    Would this effect CUDA support for the programs I use?

    Is it worth going for a 2GB card, if all the other specs are the same?
     
  7. flavallee

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    Matt:

    I've pretty much given you all the advice that I can with my limited knowledge of hardware and video cards.

    Video editing and CUDA support is all Greek to me.

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  8. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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    Due to all my limitations I opted for a EVGA GeForce 210 1GB DDR3 Passive PCI-E 2.0 card.
     
  9. flavallee

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    Glad you found what you wanted. Good luck with it. (y)

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