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Need Graphic Card with Display Port out for my Inspiron 531

shade45 2,967 301 February 6, 2016 at 11:48 AM
I have an old inspiron 531 that i use for 1080p video playback and light web browsing. I recently bought a Dell u3415w ultra wide screen monitor. Now i want to upgrade my graphic card with display port out so that i can connect to the dell monitor with native resolution.

I don't want to upgrade the whole computer right now since it's sufficient for light web browsing and 1080p video playback. Which graphic should i get for my dell inspiron 531? Looking for something cheap.

I believe inspire comes with 300 watts power supply
The graphic card slot is PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots
Dell U3415W native res is 3440 x 1440, 21:9

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I don't want to upgrade the whole computer right now since it's sufficient for light web browsing and 1080p video playback. Which graphic should i get for my dell inspiron 531? Looking for something cheap.

I believe inspire comes with 300 watts power supply
The graphic card slot is PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slots
Dell U3415W native res is 3440 x 1440, 21:9
You didn't need to start a whole new thread to say that. You could have just added to you existing thread: http://slickdeals.net/f/8476851-dvi-dual-link-to-display-port-mini-display-port-adapter-dell-34-curve?v=1

Full specs for the machine might be useful. The PCI-Express standard has evolved over time, there are different versions from 1.0a to 4 (not out yet). Most versions maintain backwards compatibility, but your 10 year old PC dates to around the time PCI-E 2.0 came out (I think your PC is probably PCI-E 1.1) and there were some changes in 2.0 and 2.1 that can cause backwards compatibility problems. Your best shot would be to upgrade the BIOS to the latest version (1.0.13). ALL video cards that support the resolution you need are PCI-E 2.0 or higher and as a result, it may be difficult to make any of them work with your 10 year old computer.

Something like this could be worth a shot, but it's difficult to be confident it will work in your 10 year old PC. Other bottlenecks in your computer could also seriously limit performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814487220

Hopefully you've been replacing your hard drive(s) periodically. Fans are fairly likely to fail in a computer this old, it's easy to have things overheat and damage components. A $50 video card is certainly cheaper than a $330 computer, but you do want to be careful not to put too much into this old machine. Replacing fans proactively can be a good idea.
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Last edited by jkee February 6, 2016 at 05:12 PM
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