NiSMO Jun 27 @ 3:27pm
Trying to upgrade my PC. Need some help!
Hello, I am needing to upgrade my PC. The current hardware ESPECIALLY the GPU is barely usable on any game. I am mainly just looking to upgrade the GPU to something very budget friendly(under $100), that way I can atleast play most games on low settings. My friend is willing to give me his Nvidia 560 Ti but I'm not sure if it would work in this PC. Thanks for the help.

Here's the specs.

Dell Vostro 200
PSU: Bestec ATX0300D5WD
PSU Input: 100-127V-8A
PSU Output: +12V +5V +3.3V
OS: Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Vostro 200
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20 GHz
RAM: 2048MB
GPU: Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Chip Type: Intel GMA 3100
VRAM: 256 MB
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Last edited by NiSMO; Jun 27 @ 3:31pm
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Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 3:54pm 
You cant use GTX 560 Ti, Dell Vostro 200 has 300W power supply and that's not enough for card like GTX 560 Ti that takes average 210W of power.

All you can really use without replacing the power supply is GTX 750 or if you can afford it GTX 750 Ti, those cards take 55-60W of power. GTX 750 is slightly weaker then GTX 560 Ti and GTX 750 Ti is slightly better.
NiSMO Jun 27 @ 4:01pm 
Thanks for the reply, you're always an amazing help!

Would this one work fine?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487027&cm_re=nvidia_750-_-14-487-027-_-Product

You sure that would work for my PSU and motherboard?
Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 4:06pm 
Originally posted by NiSMO:
Thanks for the reply, you're always an amazing help!

Would this one work fine?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487027&cm_re=nvidia_750-_-14-487-027-_-Product

You sure that would work for my PSU and motherboard?

Yeah that would work fine, it doesnt need any power cables, just pop it into motherboard PCI-E slot and it takes all the power from there.
NiSMO Jun 27 @ 4:09pm 
Awesome, thank you so much!

In a few weeks I'm also going to look into upgrading other components. What other cheap parts would you recommend, if you don't mind. Just the CPU and RAM.

Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 4:32pm 
This motherboard is compatible with those dual-core CPU's:

Wolfdale Dual Core, E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8400, 3.0G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8400, 3.0G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8300, 2.83G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8200, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0

So if you can get one of those cheap it would be worth to upgrade. You need to make sure your BIOS is version 1.0.16 for those CPU's and if it's not you need to update the BIOS first.
It's not compatible with quad-core CPU's so those dual-cores would be pretty much only option.

It uses DDR2 RAM so get 2x2 Gb DDR2-667 or DDR2-800 kit and take old RAM out to avoid compatibility issues. More then 2x2 Gb is pointless because 32-bit Windows cant use more anyway.
NiSMO Jun 27 @ 5:53pm 
Would those CPU's be a decent upgrade from my current one? I wouldn't be able to use an i3 CPU?
Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 6:21pm 
Originally posted by NiSMO:
Would those CPU's be a decent upgrade from my current one? I wouldn't be able to use an i3 CPU?

No you cant use i3, those are LGA 1155 and 1150 socket.
E 8300, 8400 or 8500 would make sense since lot of modern games have minimal requirement 2.4-2.6 Ghz dual-core.
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Bad-Motha Jun 27 @ 6:23pm 
Originally posted by Rumpelcrutchskin:
Originally posted by NiSMO:
Would those CPU's be a decent upgrade from my current one? I wouldn't be able to use an i3 CPU?

No you cant use i3, those are LGA 1055 and 1050 socket.
E 8300, 8400 or 8500 would make sense since lot of modern games have minimal requirement 2.4-2.6 Ghz dual-core.

U mean 1155/1150 Socket
Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 6:27pm 
Originally posted by Bad-Motha:
Originally posted by Rumpelcrutchskin:

No you cant use i3, those are LGA 1055 and 1050 socket.
E 8300, 8400 or 8500 would make sense since lot of modern games have minimal requirement 2.4-2.6 Ghz dual-core.

:ss13hammer: U mean 1155/1150 Socket

Yeah, sorry.
aLeRt Jun 27 @ 6:58pm 
nice
NiSMO Jun 27 @ 7:19pm 
Ok last question :). As far as installing the 750 GPU, will I need to uninstall my current Intel drivers or do I literraly just slip it into the motherboard then I'm good to go?
Rumpelcrutchskin Jun 27 @ 7:48pm 
Originally posted by NiSMO:
Ok last question :). As far as installing the 750 GPU, will I need to uninstall my current Intel drivers or do I literraly just slip it into the motherboard then I'm good to go?

Slip it into motherboard, connect monitor cable to graphics card instead of motherboard and get latest drivers from Nvidia website, dont use the drivers from disk that comes with it.
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/75996
NiSMO Jun 27 @ 8:08pm 
Thanks again for the help man.
Big Daddy D Jun 28 @ 1:34am 
Cool.
NiSMO Jun 30 @ 11:21pm 
I just thought of another question :) When I buy one of those CPU's you listed, is it just the CPU chip or does it come with the cooler as well? Because all the ones I found to buy online, at Newegg and Amazon, the picture only showed the chip.

If that's the case then will I be able to use the same cooler that is currently on my Intel Dual E2200?
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