Hey everyone,

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 530 laptop, single core 2.2ghz, 2gigs ram, onboard graphics....

I'm wondering, is this a good upgrade for the graphics card:
http:// tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4352332&csid=ITD&body=REVIEWS#

and if it will even work and not be too much for the like 300w or so psu, is it as high as I can go safely?

I'm looking to upgrade to a GFX card that can play some games like battlefield 2, left4dead... maybe not on high, but at least decently.

I bought a Radeon 9250 Diamond, but theres' no driver support for vista, so it's useless. Plus I guess it's low end, and I didn't know.

anyway all help appreciated.

PS: this thread told me the highest is the 8600gt...
http:// forum.pcmech .com/showthread.php?t=193419

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Last Post by jbennet

wait, you mean desktop right?

The dell PSUs say 305w but they seem to be rather efficient. Whats naff is they dont have any good connectors which many cards need.

I put an geforce 8400 in a dell before and it worked fine. Will be a definate boost from the integrated graphics. Will run battlefield 2 on medium/high. Modern games on medium/low

You cant put anything too good in a dell anyway, the cases are crap. You cant physically fit in a card which is wide or long (many have big fans which cant fit in the dell very well). Also due to the positioning, dual slot cards are out of the question.

Ive got an older dell (pentium 4 dimension e510) and i managed to replace the PSU with a standard, better one easialy. The case needed a tiny bit cut off but was fine in the end. Check yours and you may be able to upgrade it.

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