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Windows 7: Will I benefit from a new graphic card?

24 Nov 2010   #11
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thanks guys! This is very helpful. It was basically a spur-of-the-moment thing - I was looking at something else and then noticed the "other people who bought this also bought ..." and there were the graphics cards. Before I was not seriously thinking about it before, my upgrades have always been just memory and hard drives and so did no know whether I will actually see any improvement since as I said I have no time for games (at least, for video games). What you said is rather helpful to me.


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24 Nov 2010   #12
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
it's not so cheap if he has to buy a new psu as well.

again, let me say that if the op wants to spend money on an upgrade, then a small ssd would definitely result in a noticeable performance boost - no maybes there.


I agree with you 100%
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24 Nov 2010   #13
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

why, thank you!
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24 Nov 2010   #14
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Now just for my education - I seem to have a 350W power supply. The specs for the 4600 series graphics card say 400W or greater power supply recommended. It does look that this is too much for my rig, but hypothetically speaking, what would happen if I plug in such a graphics card into my machine?
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24 Nov 2010   #15
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

BSOD's

maybe
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24 Nov 2010   #16
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The power supply may overheat from trying to keep up and self destruct and take your nice new card with it or your ram or motherboard.
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24 Nov 2010   #17
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Looking at the tech side if you want the 4600 series you will need to up your PSU so thats two things to buy... would probably = the price of a nice new SSD Drive ?
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24 Nov 2010   #18
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Well, the price situation is not that simple. I could get a 4550 instead which requires 300W power supply and I got 350W. That currently sells for 38 Euros on Amazon.de. At the same time the cheapest 64GB SSD drive is around 100 Euros. There seems to be no point on having a smaller drive - my C:\ drive right now has 48GB used, with another 50 empty and I think that's a healthy ratio. A 100GB SSD goes for 160 minimum - and that's the cheapest one.
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24 Nov 2010   #19
Ciara

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

As you say if you get the 4550, your OS space need not get any bigger if you keep your (program Files) on a second HD (depending on your type/build of computer)
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24 Nov 2010   #20
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

According to your posted specs a Dell Inspiron 530 has 300 watt PSU as I posted and linked earlier.

Mike

From Dell 530 Tech Spec page.
Quote:
Chassis
300 Watt DC Power Supply
  • Backup battery: 3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
3.5" Bays: 3 bays (one external; two internal)
5.25" Bays: 2 bays

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