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Windows 7: Can I install a new video card?

05 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kidintrouble View Post
Pardon me but I am completely computer illiterate. Why is the power supply important? What will happen if I don't have adequate power supply if after sticking a new graphics card? Thanks.
I'm not sure what would happen. I've never seen it in my limited personal experience.

I expect that the card may not run reliably when it's heavily loaded.

Worse would be if the PSU failed due to being run too close to its ratings for too long. A blown PSU can damage or destroy everything else.

(My first IBM clone was a Dell, purchased in 1995. I ended up handing it down to my nephew. Its PSU failed. He told me that a local shop had repaired it. Turns out that "repair" meant that they were able to re-use the RAM and PCI graphics card in a new build. Everything else was fried.)

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06 Aug 2010   #12

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I am willing to bet that the 250w PSU you have is giving you all the problems. The one thing you need when your putting a higher end video card in that PC of yours is power. I willing to bet dell did what they all ways do in their budget pc's and gave you just enough power to run it with nothing added in it. Theirs nothing wrong with what they did because it ran fine before you tried to add the new card in it right.
Go out and get a new psu 500+W will fix your problem your having. Do not try and run that card with so little power you can blow up your hole setup by not having enough juice running threw it. Just do me one favor and don't buy a bar gin bin PSU I don't know how many times I seen friends buy a cheap PSU and have it blow up a few months after they bought it and take out their PC
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