How to Update a Graphics Card on a Dell Inspiron 531

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How to Update a Graphics Card on a Dell Inspiron 531
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The Dell Inspiron 531 was released in 2007 with a ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or nVidia GeForce 8600 GT video card installed as part of the desktop package. The video cards were midrange for the time, and if you want to run graphic intensive programs you'll want to upgrade the video card. The process is not overly difficult.

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Things you need

  • Anti-static bag
  • Compatible graphics card

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  1. 1

    Turn off the Dell Inspiron 531 and unplug the power cable from the outlet. Open the case by unscrewing the top right screws. Remove the case cover.

  2. 2

    Remove the monitor cable by unscrewing both sides of the cable interface. Remove the original video card by unscrewing it from the case, and pulling gently. Place the video card in the anti-static bag.

  3. 3

    Install the new video card. Not all video cards are compatible with a Dell Inspiron 531, so check before purchasing the card. The card must have a PCI Express x16 interface and be compatible with the Nvidia MCP 61 chipset.

  4. 4

    Return the case cover and put the screws back in. Plug the power cable back into the outlet and turn the computer on. Insert the driver disk that came with the graphics card. The installation process for video card drivers varies between manufacturers, but generally lead you through a step-by-step installation wizard.

Tips and warnings

  • Examples of compatible video cards are: Nvidia 8800GT and ATI Radeon HD3850.
  • The Dell Inspiron 531 has a 300 watt power supply, which might not be powerful enough for demanding video cards.

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