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video card suggestions for diablo 3?

by everlasting_gobstopper / June 20, 2012 5:28 AM PDT

Hey all, I have a 2 year old pc with decent specs but nothing special when it comes to the video card. I'm looking to upgrade so that I can play Diablo 3 on decent settings. I am not sure which video card is in my range ($50-100) and would be compatible with my PC, and/or if I need to upgrade my power supply first. Below are my specs. Any help would be appreciated!

> Inspiron 580

> Mainboard : Dell 0C2KJT

> Chipset : Intel H57

> Processor : Intel Core i5 760 @ 2800MHz

> Physical Memory : 6144MB 3 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM
> Video Card : ATI Radeon HD 5450

> Hard Disk : Western Digital WD1001FAES-75W7A0 ATA Device (1000GB)

> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH50

> Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

> DirectX : Version 11.00

> Windows Performance Index : 4.9 on 7.9

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 5:48 AM PDT

The neat part here is you are starting with that 5450. That card is fine. It should run that game but most want more.

Here's the list -> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

You can pick from that list in the price range and then see if you have enough Amperes and Watts in your PSU. You didn't supply the PSU rating so I can't comment.

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Inspiron 580
by Bob__B / June 20, 2012 11:40 PM PDT

If I'm looking at the proper machine.

That unit is a slim-line or a mini-tower with a 300w psu.

Neither case is designed for gaming
You might need a low profile card.

With a 300w psu you might not be able to move up the gpu ladder.
Even a GF gt440 might push the psu into overload.

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