Topic Title: best graphics card for old computer
Topic Summary: I want to get Starcraft II
Created On: 10/31/2012 09:54 PM
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 10/31/2012 09:54 PM
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tgrant
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Current Graphics Card
ATI Radeon HD 2400

Operating System
Windows Vista 32-bit Service Pack 2

Issue Details
I need a better graphics card to play Starcraft II, but it's not clear to me that my computer, which I purchased Sept 2008, will support the latest graphics cards, nor do I need the latest graphics cards.  I'm trying to figure out what graphics card I should get that will let me play Starcraft II.  It doesn't have to be that great, my CPU is slightly under the recommended processor speed (it's above the required speed though).
 

CPU Details
Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20 GHz and 2.20 GHz

System Memory Type & Amount
4 GB RAM

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 10/31/2012 10:04 PM
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Hmm...32 bit OS, so no you don't have 4GB of RAM, you have (4GiB - 512KiB - VRAM) GB of RAM,, as well as an antique processor, an unknown motherboard, and an unknown power supply. Based on that information you've provided we cannot offer any suggestions.

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 11/01/2012 12:53 AM
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Well tell this newbie how to find that info.  Please.  

 11/01/2012 01:55 AM
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Ok, as near as I can figure this is what I have:

 

Motherboard (from CPUID):  Dell ORY007

Power Supply:  Not sure what you need.  It's Delta Electronics Model DPS-300A B-24 Rev.  Input 100-120V ~/9A, 200-240V~/4.5A

Output:  several numbers like +12V --- 18A

Max Power 300W.  

 

Thanks for your help.  Things used to be easier before they started requiring graphics cards, all you had to know was RAM and CPU speed.  

 

 11/01/2012 05:41 AM
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Buying one of the current budget/office/HTPC cards would probably fit that computer. Not something good enough for high quality gaming, but the rest isn't either. It would run most things in low details/resolution. Something like a card from the HD 7300/7400 series.

However, if you want to play decently, you should consider replacing the whole thing. A much better CPU and video card is required for a good gaming experience. A 4-core AMD CPU and a HD 6800/7700 series card are relatively cheap and can play literally anything you throw at them.



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 11/01/2012 08:42 AM
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Agreed, you could even upgrade to a Trinity APU based system and have great graphics performance for a cheap price.

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 11/01/2012 11:46 AM
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Originally posted by: tgrant Ok, as near as I can figure this is what I have:

 

 

 

Motherboard (from CPUID):  Dell ORY007

 

Power Supply:  Not sure what you need.  It's Delta Electronics Model DPS-300A B-24 Rev.  Input 100-120V ~/9A, 200-240V~/4.5A

 

Output:  several numbers like +12V --- 18A

 

Max Power 300W.  

 

Thanks for your help.  Things used to be easier before they started requiring graphics cards, all you had to know was RAM and CPU speed.  

 

 

From the ORY007 would have to assume: Dell™ Inspiron™ 530 Series

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/index.htm

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm

 

Similar request at DELL forum:

Inspiron 530 Power Supply Upgrade for new Radeon HD 6770

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19409689/19959940.aspx



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 11/01/2012 07:34 PM
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Thanks for the comments.  I really shouldn't go in for a new computer while I'm making squat in grad school.  I wish things weren't so complicated, it's still not clear to me what card would even work.  Maybe I will try in the Dell forums.  

 11/02/2012 08:45 AM
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There's not a gaming card that will run on a stock Dell 18A peak power supply. Figure 14A continuous, that's 168W, minus 100w for CPU, motherboard, drives, and fans, that's 68w, so at best you are talking cards which require no external power connection, which are not gaming cards.

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