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Please help me pick a video card

  1. Hello!

    I have an Inspiron 531 and recently my video card went bad so I need a new one. In the meantime I've switched to onboard. I'm a software guy and am a big dummy on hardware so can you please help me? I just need a cheap one that will get me by.

    1. I don't do gaming
    2. My budget is as cheap as I can get. Under 30-40 would be nice.
    3. My power supply says "Bestec" on it and says +12V/18A, -12V/.8A
    4. Specs from "CPU-Z"
    a.CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
    b.Mainboard: Dell Inc 0RY206, Chipset: NVIDIA MCP61
    c. Memory: DDR2, 3072 MBytes

    Here are the specs that came with my computer when I bought it (HOWEVER, I had to replace the NVIDIA with another video card cuz that caused problems, but I made a stupid decision and threw away the card I replaced it with when it went bad)

    Dell Inspiron 531 AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 6000+
    Memory 3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 4 DIMMs
    Video Cards 128MB Radeon ATI HD 2400 PRO
    Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™

    Please let me know what my cheapest bet would be so I can get off the onboard! Thanks!!!!!!

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Does the motherboard have a PCI or PCIe or AGP video slot? After researching, you have a PCIe x16 slot:
    This would be a good choice:
    PCIeX16 Video Card
     

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