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Old 08-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Whats the best graphics card I can get for a Dell Inspiron 660?

Monday I bought a Dell Inspiron 660 with a I5 3.0GHZ, 8GB of ram, 1TB hard drive and windows 8. The system has a 300 watt power supply. Whats the best graphics card I can get for it?

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P.S. I am just looking for 30fps on medium settings for most games.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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I've read of people using a 7750 on a 300w. AMD recommend a 400w for it though. Not sure if I'd trust some people on the internet though. I wouldn't want to fry anything.

Does your PSU have a 6pin PCIe power connector?

Do you have a budget? Can you stretch to a bigger PSU as well, to go with that i5?

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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I've read of people using a 7750 on a 300w. AMD recommend a 400w for it though. Not sure if I'd trust some people on the internet though. I wouldn't want to fry anything.

Does your PSU have a 6pin PCIe power connector?

Do you have a budget? Can you stretch to a bigger PSU as well, to go with that i5?
It's not about budget its a brand new computer and I don't want to take it apart. I just want something that will work with my setup and that's better then onboard video.

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #4
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Figure out the most you want to spend, subtract from that $80-$100 for a good power supply, and spend the rest on whatever card you can afford.

I recommend a blower style [reference] design card, since most third party coolers will dump the air inside your case instead of out the back. Normally I wouldn't recommend this, but I know there's next to no airflow in your case so you don't want to dump hot air in there.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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I am not going to buy a new power supply for a brand new computer. I just want a video card that will work with the 300watt power supply and call it a day.

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Old 08-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #6
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GeForce GT 240 512MB or 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Radeon HD 5450 (cedar) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 & 512MB DDR2 Low Profile

But my honest opinion is you're making a mistake.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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GeForce GT 240 512MB or 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Radeon HD 5450 (cedar) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 & 512MB DDR2 Low Profile

But my honest opinion is you're making a mistake.
I am going to buy a Alienware after I pay this off and this PC is going to be used for Media in the living room. I just want a better video card then the stock video card.

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Old 08-15-2013, 05:28 PM   #8
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I am going to buy a Alienware after I pay this off and this PC is going to be used for Media in the living room. I just want a better video card then the stock video card.

Greg
A new PSU and graphics card and you have an Alienware (minus the fancy looking case).
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:40 PM   #9
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This is the mid tower 660 and not the smaller form factor 660s correct? I know you said you had a 300w power supply, which means mid tower, but I just want to confirm this.

The lowest power draw card with reasonable gaming performance right now is the 7750 radeon. I can't promise that it will run all games at 30+fps but it should handle most games if your resolution is 1680x or lower. This card shouldn't be a problem with most 300w supplies in dells or even hp machines.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:13 PM   #10
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Using the stock power supply a Radeon HD 7750.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:00 PM   #11
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I am going to buy a Alienware after I pay this off and this PC is going to be used for Media in the living room. I just want a better video card then the stock video card.

Greg
the integrated graphics are more then enough for a media center PC.

Add in a power supply and graphics, and you have an alienware right there. no need to buy that overpriced P.O.S. Alienware is horrible.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #12
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Does anyone know if the Inspiron 660 has a 6pin PCIe power connector?

Cookie cutter pc's will cut corners by supplying only what is needed. So it's possible that dell supplies a power supply without a PCIe power connector if they never plan on selling a model with a gpu that needs it.

OP, before you spend the money, open your case and see if your power supply has one of these.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #13
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'Does anyone know if the Inspiron 660 has a 6pin PCIe power connector?'

Don't know but I doubt it with a 300w supply. 7750 doesn't need one. A card that does need one is probably pushing it for the 300w supply.
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