How to: Dell Inspiron 530, upgrading your video card and power supply
This project is upgrading the power supply and video card for a Dell Inspiron 530 PC running Windows XP. I purchased it refurbished from Dell for a discounted price.
This is a fast machine with its Intel Core 2 Quad processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 640GB SATA hard drive.
The only problem with this PC so far is that from the factory it only has the motherboard's onbaord video chip and it doesn't support 3D and gaming. That may be fine for MS Word or Excel but try and run a game of do some video editing and my 5 year old PCs are just as fast or faster so we're going to upgrade the video card and the power supply making this PC scream.
In the videos below you will see all of the steps of replacing the old power supply and installing the new video card. I even left in the part about installing a power supply that was not right for this PC just to show you some of the pitfalls of this type of project so that you may avoid them yourselves.
I will be adding a video of installation of the 650 Watt PSU (Power Supply Unit) when it is done and a final overview and review of the entire project. You can see a list of the parts used in this project below. You can click on the buy button and it will take you to newegg.com so you can order them for your project.
I've had a couple of people ask me already this week about which video card they should use for this project. I have a personal preference for NVIDIA cards ever since my $450 ATI card died an early death and left me high and dry. Your Inspiron 530 should be able to run any PCI Express card on the market at the time I'm writing this article. So all I can really say is just make sure that your power supply is adequate for the video card that you choose. I would recommend that you use a power supply calculator like the one on newegg's web site.
Both of the original parts I used in the video are no longer available at NewEgg.com so I've substituted both with parts that seem to be a good match based on the original specs.
PARTS USED IN THIS ARTICLE
Part 1: How to: Getting inside the case
Part 2: Overview of the system and the power supply
Part 3: A look at the PC after removal of the original power supply
Part 4: New power supply installed
Part 5: Power supply compatibility issue
Part 6: Installing the NVIDIA 9800 GT
Part 7: Reconnecting all the power and data cables
Part 8: Configuring the system with the new NVIDIA card installed
Part 9: Benchmarking the system with the NVIDIA 9800 GT