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Hi I do not know much about computers, but I have a Dell Inspiron 660s and I want to upgrade from the integrated video card. Which video card will best fit my computer and power supply? 

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  • The HD 7750 is very power efficient.  It is only going to use around 50 watts of power when gaming and much less when not.  In the reviews of this card, people who bought it have used it on their Dell 660s and don't seem to have any problems.  The HD 7750 and the HD 6570 are probably going to have around the same power consumption, but the HD 7750 is going to be much better for gaming.  You would have to turn things way down on the HD 6570 compared to the 7750.  Just don't overclock the card or you could have problems on such a small power supply. 

    If you want to run at high resolutions and game settings with today's games, I would say forget about the HD 6570.  However, even the HD 7750 is not going to play everything at the highest settings.  It is just that the HD 7750 is the best you can possibly do for the system you have.  Dell used to put larger power supplies in their slim cases.  I have a 275 watt in mine.  I would never buy a computer that had only a 220 watt PSU if I had gaming in mind.  My guess is that you would probably use around 175 watts total on the system depending on your CPU.  Obviously, the HD 6570 is half the cost of the HD 7750 so it just depends on what you can live with and be happy.

    In conclusion, a 220 watt PSU isn't much to run with the HD 7750, but others have run it on the 660s so that's about all I can say.  It's really up to you.  Would I give it a try if I was trying to play modern games?  Yes, I probably would.  But then again, I am surprised at the games people say they can play with the HD 6570.  If your resolution is 1920 x 1080, then forget about it though in my opinion.  If your just running 1440 x 900 or 1280 x 1024 then you might be okay.

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  • Hello McChowFun,

    The Inspiron 660s ships with the UMA and discrete graphics options:

    • UMA — Intel Graphics Controller
    • Discrete — NVidia GeForce GT 620 or AMD Radeon HD 7570

    This system supports only low-profile graphics cards.

    You may get any of the above mentioned graphics card by contacting our Spare Parts Team. Contact number for Dell Spare Parts sales team # 1-800-357-3355 (US Customers only).

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks & Regards
    Allan D
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  • I remember reading a mention of a good card on newegg.com that people were using for low profile low powered systems ... a sapphire 7750 ... this link is to the card and a review where someone is using it to play skyrim in an inspiron 660s ... www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx

  • Are there any other graphic cards that will work. eternalozzie's post says a sapphire 7750 and I have read in other forums that NVidia GeForce 640GT might also work. Can my computer run those video cards too?

  • I don't think anyone makes a GT 640 small enough to fit in there ... the 660s is really tight inside ... the gt 640 needs more juice than the HD 7750 and the HD 7750 out performs it across the board ... look at this review of the GT 640 ... throughout the review they compare it to the hd 7750 www.pcper.com/.../Galaxy-GeForce-GT-640-GC-1GB-DDR3-Review-GK107-no-GK104

  • Will the HD 7750 fit in my computer? Power supply and size wise? Is this the same hd 7750 as the one you posted from newegg? www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1

  • Hello McChowFun,

    Inspiron 660s is shipped with a 220W power supply and Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 requires minimum of a 400 Watt power supply. Hence you would require to upgrade the power supply as well.

    **Note: Upgrading this part is purely based on user's discretion.

    Thanks & Regards
    Allan D
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USIndia. For Dell support videos click Here.

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  • Is there any graphics card I can get without having to replace my power supply? If not what power supply will fit in my computer?

  • Is the purpose for upgrading your video card to play today's games?  If so, the HD 7750 linked earlier is probably your best choice since others have used it in the 660s system without a PSU upgrade.  The one you linked on Amazon is not the same and will not fit.  This HERE is the only one that will work or for the same cost on Amazon HERE.  If the cost is too much, then go with the HD 6570 HERE.  The newer HD 7570 is an OEM card only and not sold at retail. 

  • Yes the upgrade is to play today's games. I do not know much about this stuff, so can you explain why the HD Radeon 7750 you linked will work with my computer? Someone else posted that my computer does not have enough PSU to run that card. Which is more cost efficient; the HD 6570 or HD 7750?

  • The HD 7750 is very power efficient.  It is only going to use around 50 watts of power when gaming and much less when not.  In the reviews of this card, people who bought it have used it on their Dell 660s and don't seem to have any problems.  The HD 7750 and the HD 6570 are probably going to have around the same power consumption, but the HD 7750 is going to be much better for gaming.  You would have to turn things way down on the HD 6570 compared to the 7750.  Just don't overclock the card or you could have problems on such a small power supply. 

    If you want to run at high resolutions and game settings with today's games, I would say forget about the HD 6570.  However, even the HD 7750 is not going to play everything at the highest settings.  It is just that the HD 7750 is the best you can possibly do for the system you have.  Dell used to put larger power supplies in their slim cases.  I have a 275 watt in mine.  I would never buy a computer that had only a 220 watt PSU if I had gaming in mind.  My guess is that you would probably use around 175 watts total on the system depending on your CPU.  Obviously, the HD 6570 is half the cost of the HD 7750 so it just depends on what you can live with and be happy.

    In conclusion, a 220 watt PSU isn't much to run with the HD 7750, but others have run it on the 660s so that's about all I can say.  It's really up to you.  Would I give it a try if I was trying to play modern games?  Yes, I probably would.  But then again, I am surprised at the games people say they can play with the HD 6570.  If your resolution is 1920 x 1080, then forget about it though in my opinion.  If your just running 1440 x 900 or 1280 x 1024 then you might be okay.