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I have a Dell Vostro 230- what kind of graphics card can I buy?

newdealforyou 891 112 April 21, 2012 at 08:18 AM
I'm looking to get a graphics card- really just so I can play Diablo 3. I don't want anything crazy expensive, hopefully under $50 if possible. My questions-

1. Is this possible? How do I know if my motherboard can handle certain cards?

2. What type of card should I be looking for?

Here are some of my system specs, let me know if I've missed anything

Windows 7 Prem 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHz
3GB RAM
Intel G41 Express Card Frown

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The three things that will determine what video cards you can use: motherboard, case, power supply. Post the specs of those and we can help you.
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Quote from newdealforyou View Post :
I'm looking to get a graphics card- really just so I can play Diablo 3. I don't want anything crazy expensive, hopefully under $50 if possible. My questions-

1. Is this possible? How do I know if my motherboard can handle certain cards?

2. What type of card should I be looking for?

Here are some of my system specs, let me know if I've missed anything

Windows 7 Prem 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93 GHz
3GB RAM
Intel G41 Express Card Frown
Just to clarify for you OP (in case you are unfamiliar with computers):

1) we need motherboard model so we know what types of expansion slots it has available
2) type of case you have so we know if you can use a regular-height video card or if you need a low-profile one. The dimensions of the case are also important so we know what length of card will work but I doubt it will come into play here since you're upgrading a pre-built dell
3) wattage of power supply so we know how powerful of a video card you can use. just because the video card can fit your motherboard and into your case does not mean your power supply has enough juice to run it

I am guessing you have one hard drive and one optical drive also in the computer? This only matters in case you have a pretty low power supply. Having multiple hard drives might effect what type of video card you can use.
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The three things that will determine what video cards you can use: motherboard, case, power supply. Post the specs of those and we can help you.
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Just to clarify for you OP (in case you are unfamiliar with computers):

1) we need motherboard model so we know what types of expansion slots it has available
2) type of case you have so we know if you can use a regular-height video card or if you need a low-profile one. The dimensions of the case are also important so we know what length of card will work but I doubt it will come into play here since you're upgrading a pre-built dell
3) wattage of power supply so we know how powerful of a video card you can use. just because the video card can fit your motherboard and into your case does not mean your power supply has enough juice to run it

I am guessing you have one hard drive and one optical drive also in the computer? This only matters in case you have a pretty low power supply. Having multiple hard drives might effect what type of video card you can use.
Ok, my motherboard is a Dell 7N90W [findlaptopdriver.com].

I have a 300W power supply [txcesssurplus.com].

My case looks exactly like this [newegg.com].

I only have one DVD R/W drive and one internal hard drive. I also have an external USB hard drive. Hope that helps!
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Your case should accommodate most video cards, and your motherboard will support anything you buy as well...your problem is gonna be the power supply. A 300W unit is going to greatly hinder what you can run.
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Your case should accommodate most video cards, and your motherboard will support anything you buy as well...your problem is gonna be the power supply. A 300W unit is going to greatly hinder what you can run.
What ranges do power supplys come in, and what's a decent wattage? Are there any restrictions if I shop for a better power supply?
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a cheap but quality upgrade might be the Corsair 430W that is frequently on sale for $20 or less after rebate from NewEgg. Some of the reviews complain about a high pitch whine from the PSU (I haven't actually used mine yet).

Intel G41 is onboard graphics? Seems pretty much anything would be an upgrade. You can get a 6450 for like $20 - $25 after rebate but that is by no means a gaming card. It should be an upgrade still. A 6770 would probably be a better option but I think that would be $70 minimum and I'm not sure if your current power supply could handle it. Maybe a 6570 would be what you need.
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oops...double post
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If you are looking to spend around $50 it's not really worth upgrading a power supply. The best card under $50 that wouldn't require a power supply would be the Radeon 6570. If you want to spend a bit more the 6670 is a great card as well that will work without a new power supply.
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Last edited by NYExcuse April 21, 2012 at 06:18 PM
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Hi, first time posting Smilie

I have the same machine as OP, and was wondering if this Graphics card would be fine, and if it would allow me to output to two displays?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1g...i-low-prof

Many thanks for your help in advance
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Hi, first time posting Smilie

I have the same machine as OP, and was wondering if this Graphics card would be fine, and if it would allow me to output to two displays?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1g...i-low-prof

Many thanks for your help in advance
Yes it would be fine and yes it can ouput to two displays.
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