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monkafreak
04-15-2012, 02:14 AM
375 watt power supply
Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium D
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Inc. 0FJ030
Bus Clock: 800 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A07 01/08/2007
Drives new – drive encryption Memory Modules c,d
249.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
PHILIPS DVD+-RW DVD8801 ATA Device [Optical drive]
SAMSUNG SP2504C [Hard drive] (250.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n S09QJ1LL730861, rev VT100-48, SMART Status: Healthy 3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

I was wondering if i could upgrade my graphics card to -

XFX - ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3
or
XFX - ATI Radeon HD 6770 1GB DDR5

I also will upgrade to nvidia if in the price range/better/ect. I would assume Nvidia is cheaper?

If i cannot i am looking for a card that will meet above or recommended setting for diablo 3

Recommended is NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon HD 4870 or better

I am just actually looking for the BEST upgrade i can get for my computer or some suggestions maybe around 90-175$, i am hoping i can upgrade without replacing anything else.

Any information would be great full thanks for the help again PCQUIDE

PrntRhd
04-15-2012, 02:25 AM
Suggest you get a larger PSU, something in the 600W range, and a good quality one at that.
The 6770 requires at least 450W.

monkafreak
04-15-2012, 02:32 AM
Suggest you get a larger PSU, something in the 600W range, and a good quality one at that.
Dell tends to include budget PSUs.

can my computer run 6770 if i upgrade my power supply?

PrntRhd
04-15-2012, 02:41 AM
What model and form factor does your Dell have?

monkafreak
04-15-2012, 02:47 AM
Dell 0FJ030 Motherboard
This is the dell board.

I am not so great with computers if i knew what form factor was? If you could explain i could look a little more or i will search around.

PrntRhd
04-15-2012, 02:55 AM
Dell usually has a model name/number for their PCs.
The model information also allows us to determine if it can be cooled properly.
The form factor question is regarding the size of the case the motherboard is mounted to.
Some graphics cards require more room than a small case has, which would make adding it impossible.
We need more information than you have provided so far.

monkafreak
04-15-2012, 02:58 AM
XPS 400/Dimension 9150

PrntRhd
04-15-2012, 03:03 AM
Thanks for the requested info.
How old is this PC?

monkafreak
04-15-2012, 03:04 AM
5-6 years old

PrntRhd
04-15-2012, 03:11 AM
That can be a problem due to the specs for the graphics card slot on the motherboard.
The card might fit but won't allow full speed performance compared to current technology.
Wait for one of the members to explain the issues.

monkafreak
04-15-2012, 03:16 AM
Thanks for the information you provided. I appreciate the time, i will be glad to wait for other information.

If you have time would it just be better to purchase a new rig, like a amd 6 series. With 8 gb ddr3 and like a radeon 6000 series.
Due to the fact i could get it for what 400-500 and upgrading my computer with new cpu/graphics would cost 250+ and i would get all new technology?

hackerballs
04-15-2012, 11:22 AM
YES....buy a new one if you can

You could get nothing for the old Dell, makes a good doorstop. I just sold 2 of those for $40 each fully loaded with authentic XP.

Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+ NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better 1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7) 12 GB available HD space DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only) Broadband** Internet connection 1024x768 minimum resolution

Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs) Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz 2 GB RAM NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better

So as it stands right now, you might, and just might play diablo 3 on low settings............You Pentium D will hold you back some/3 gigs RAM will hold you back some/32 bit OS will hold you back some

So if you bought a mid-bottom line AMD PC ($500) and upgraded the Power Supply to at least 600W 80+ certified brand name, and bought a new Graphics card (the bigger the better) (make sure you check the size and if it will fit in your case), you would be able to play as high as your GPU will let you......................but way, way better than upgrading

http://pc.ncix.com/ncixpc_new/ncixpclist.cfm?categoryid=1020