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Windows 7: How to find out my computer's POWER SUPPLY?

21 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 
How to find out my computer's POWER SUPPLY?

This is my computer i would like to upgrade video card to GTX 850 will my comp handle it? How many watts does it have
thanks!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...0xps&cp=1&lp=1


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21 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm seeing 350W psu...

Dell XPS 8100
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21 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yeah your computer should be able to handle it.

EDIT: Well i saw a comment saying it only had a 350 watt power supply unit. Im pretty sure your unit is to small. I would say an 850-1000 watt would be sufficient.
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21 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Is 350 watts enough for gtx 580?
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21 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArtG818 View Post
Is 350 watts enough for gtx 580?
Not even close.
Website states a minimum of a 600watt PSU.

~Lordbob
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21 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That wattage is low but quality is equally, if not more, important. Here's some food for thought.

Power Supply FAQ
PSU 101: How A Power Supply Works
PSU 101: PC Power Supply Basics
How Power Supplies Are Rated

Wattage calculator to get ideas from...
Calculator

You can also get tools like this to determine how much wattage your overall system has to see how much headroom you have left. I suggest not running over 70% of your PSU depending on eficiency.

Lastly, if you power down your computer, and take off your side panel, there's a good chance a sticker will be on the power supply unit itself that has more detailed info about it.
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21 Dec 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you ever open your Dell - everything inside Dell boxes is usually from the clearance rack. You should definitely get a decent PSU 650 or more watts. Make sure it is 80+ rated. I like Antec - e.g. this one. Make sure it fits into your box.
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21 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArtG818 View Post
This is my computer i would like to upgrade video card to GTX 850 will my comp handle it? How many watts does it have
thanks!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...0xps&cp=1&lp=1
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/cs/cs_en.pdf

It's a 350W supply.

An nVidia GTX580 needs a 6 pin PCI-E power connector, plus an 8 pin. That means that the power draw of the card alone can be as much as 300W. eVGA recommends a minimum of 600W, with 42A available at +12V:

EVGA | Products 500 Series Family&sw=

There's no way that a 350W supply would support a GTX580.

I'm not sure, but I think that Dell may now use industry-standard PSUs. (That was not the case 15 years ago.) Here's a relatively inexpensive one that may serve:

Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Antec Neo 620C).
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22 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Thanks alot guys
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22 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArtG818 View Post
Thanks alot guys
No problem! Best of luck with your research and let us know what you decide on
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