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Any Suggestions On A Good Graphics Card For My Inspiron 537 (standard Tower)?

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Any Suggestions On A Good Graphics Card For My Inspiron 537 (standard Tower)?

Postby Smedley » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:09 pm

I'm looking for the best gaming graphics card i can find for this computer (i do not have a slim).

these are my specs

Processor Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 450 @ 2.20GHz

Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB

Graphics Intel(R) G41 Express Chip set

Gaming graphics 1695 MB Total available graphics memory

if you could please include links to instructions on how to install, and where to buy.

*note my psu cap is 300watts
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Any Suggestions On A Good Graphics Card For My Inspiron 537 (standard Tower)?

Postby Erl » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:17 am

Your RAM looks high-quality. 4gb is sufficient on a home windows 7 process. You normally will not have another slot to improve your RAM. I advocate upgrading your pictures card. Before purchasing make certain that your laptop has a photos card slot. Additionally in case your current pictures card is of 1 gb then there is no have to upgrade your photos card
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Postby Llwybyr » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:16 am

Hi Edgar

There are very few modern games that you'll be able to play with the single core Celeron processor you've got. There are processor upgrades for that system that combined with a decent graphics card and a power supply upgrade that will support the card, that would allow you to play almost any game.

There are only a very few low power cards that will work with your current configuration, such as the Radeon HD 6450 or the GeForce GT 520. These are by no means considered "gaming" cards, these are low end cards that are usually used for video editing, watching videos and for use in home theater PC's (HTPC). I wouldn't recommend using a more powerful graphics card without a power supply upgrade, but then again, a more powerful card will most likely be bottlenecked by your single core processor.

If upgrading your processor and power supply are in your budget, I can probably help you out. Both are relatively easy to do and only require a couple of tools. There are plenty of videos on youtube that will show you the step by step process.

Processor upgrades

This link shows the processor upgrades for the 537. http://en.community.dell.com/support-for...

The E7500 would be a modest, inexpensive upgrade, not as powerful as the E8xxx processors but considerably better than the Celeron. If you can afford one of the E8xxx processors, I would definitely recommend using that instead. The quad core processors (Q8xxx) are overpriced, but always a better choice than a dual core.

Anyways, the E7500 is priced at $47.99 on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-2-Duo...

Power supply upgrade

Corsair 430W, a solid unit for $35.99 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...

Graphics card

Trying to keep everything low cost for you, but still give you as much bang for the buck, a good card for the above upgrades would be a Radeon HD 6670. The above power supply can handle a card that is a little more powerful, such as the HD 7750, but that card will cost quite a bit more and anything beyond that would require a more powerful power supply.


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 $49.99 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988

The total for those upgrades is $133.97 after rebates.


Something else you'll need if you decide to upgrade the processor is some thermal compound. It's used to help conduct the heat away from the processor to the heatsink/fan to cool the processor. This MUST be applied, it's not an option. I use Arctic Silver 5, but there are many different and less expensive brands available. Pick some up before you start. Also, if you decide to upgrade the processor, you'll need to update your systems BIOS to make sure that it recognizes the new processor.


Bios update (use A03)

You'll want to do this on a clear day when there is no chance of loss of internet connection or a power failure.

http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=basd&cat=sup&k=desktop+inspiron+537s&rpp=12&p=1&rf=all&nk=f&ira=False&~srd=False&ipsys=False&advsrch=False

As promised...video how to's

How to install a socket 775 processor

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+install+a+socket+775+processor&oq=how+to+install+a+socket+775+processor&gs_l=youtube.3...6771.20140.0.20889.37.26.0.11.11.0.93.1422.26.26.0...0.0...1ac.1.ZjJ_kQTRjYY

How to change a PC power supply

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=How+to+change+a+PC+power+supply&oq=How+to+change+a+PC+power+supply&gs_l=youtube.12...4539.5569.0.7878.3.3.0.0.0.0.47.141.3.3.0...0.0...1ac.1.R-IX-lOqvm4

How to install a graphics card

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=How+to+install+a+graphics+card&oq=How+to+install+a+graphics+card&gs_l=youtube.12..0l10.48501.57580.0.60247.24.12.0.12.12.0.78.781.12.12.0...0.0...1ac.1.98KxdDW_93M

Good luck, hope this helped.
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