smax013, on 29 October 2012 - 05:42 PM, said:
I have a Dell Inspiron 5300 that I am "decommissioning" for my father that we will likely give to a relative. I need to get a replacement graphics card for it, however, because the original one died.
If I recall correctly, it originally came with an nVidia 7600 (I wanted to say "GS", but not completely sure) PCI-E card. I need to find something in the same ballpark in terms of power requirements since the Dell has a 300W power supply.
On the nVidia side, I am looking at a 8400GS. Even though it says "minimum 350W", it also says minimum 18A on the +12V rail...which the Dell power supply seems to imply that it has accorded to the label on the power supply. And there are no supplemental PCI-E power cables...all power must come through the PCI-E slot.
Since I am not as familiar with the ATI side of things, can anyone suggest an ATI equivalent card?
And if you have a better nVidia card to suggest, fire away.
Note: I am not really looking to upgrade, just get a decent replacement card.
First off, due to the way cards get phased out over the years, I would suggest going with a 620 or 630 from the Nvidia camp. If for no other reason to ensure you still have drivers for years to come. But an AMD 6450 has almost no power demand to speak of, and would run quite well on that PSU.
Truth be told, the Nvidia 630 has a wider memory bus (128bit), and even though it is using DDR3 ram, it is clocked fairly high. That card should actually be enough for any movie (including 3d BR), or any game up to medium to high details @ 1650x1050. Probably the best choice if you ask me.
EDIT: I didn't notice that you already ordered one.
This post has been edited by waldojim: 30 October 2012 - 02:32 PM