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  1. Posts : 2,304
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    pategato said:
    I recently updated an old Dell Dimension E310 desktop, so it could run Windows Aero on Windows 7.
    Installed a PNY Geforce 8400GS PCI video card. Windows Aero works perfectly OK now.
    The problem is, when playing a DVD movie with subtitles, it stutters a lot.
    The stock PSU is 230 watts. I read in the 1st post a Geforce 8400GS needs 300 watts. Can this be the cause? CPU is a Pentium 4 2.8 ghz, 2 gb RAM.
    Thanks in advance.
    It's not actually your PSU, it might be your whole system, besides the fact that a 8400GS is a really low-end graphics card and maybe won't be enough (i can also say it's your processor) to play HD videos and DVDs...

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  2. Posts : 56
    Windows 8 Pro

    Great thread, thank you very much! Very useful links!
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  3. Posts : 241
    Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64

    Hi Everybody,

    I wouldn't mind upgrading my GFX card, but I think I've already hit the limit for my computer, with regards to physically fitting one in. See my specs for current configuration.

    The problem is my Dell E520 won't accept any of the currently available dual-wide cards (no slot available at the back of the chassis for the "vent" portion, and they will collide with the CPU cooler shroud at the other end). My PSU should be up to it though.

    From what I can tell (Tom's Hardware reviews, Anandtech, etc.), my 9800GT single wide card is as good or better than any of the current single wides from Nvidia or AMD, and all the ones that outperform it are double wides. I'd love to be proven wrong about that so advice and suggestions would be most gratefully received!

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  4. Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I have a 520 watt PSU.
    I followed the intructions on the first page and looked my PSU.
    It has two +12V (+12V1 and +12V2) with a total of 26 Amperage.

    I have one Sapphire Radeon HD6850 installed,
    Do you think its enough?
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  5. Posts : 2,304
    Thread Starter

    Hello there, pspz!

    Sure, for an HD 6850 you'd be more than fine with 520w, i've installed 6850s with a 450w PSU and it's rock solid stable..
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Tnx for the reply
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  7. Posts : 336
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    I have the ATI Radeon 5770 in a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with a 750w PSU and I am looking to upgrade. I want to upgrade because this one is not performing all that great, for example my 3rd monitor does not always work. I want a 2 GB/3 GB card that supports 3 monitors (1920x1080) 100% of the time. Any suggestions?
    I had this picked out for a while but it is out of stock:
    I also was looking at the 7970 but it is a bit pricey and may not fit in my tower.
    And on a side note, why have the forums been down a lot recently?
    Last edited by ZenixNet; 21 Feb 2012 at 16:30.
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    Hi, Zenix!

    Well.. 3 x 1080p monitors won't be helping too much with the temps!

    A friend of mine had a HIS HD6970 and had idle temps of 64șC just because of the Eyefinity! plus, you need enough juice to satisfy the eyefinity needs (i can't tell if you're going to be gaming or just multitasking like it's the last day on earth)

    He recently upgraded to a Sapphire HD 7950 OC edition (double fan cooler) and the temps went down to ~40șC idle with auto-fan profile...

    Those cards are coming down in price, when he bought it, it was 499.99$, now it's about 469.99$... but tell me about your budget.. right now i believe the best bang for the buck is the Sapphire HD 6950 2GB Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-2SR: Electronics

    Prices are fluctuating between 255$ and 245$, so i'd say if you have the bucks, go for it... btw, you have plenty of power
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  9. Posts : 336
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Thanks for the recommendation, I was looking at this one and I think I am going to get it.
    I don't use eyefinity, I just set each as an extended monitor. I like it better than having one giant task bar and one long background.
    I also multi-task, game and edit videos so I use my computer for just about everything.
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  10. Posts : 336
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    6950 came today, plugged it in, installed drives and it works beautifully. With all the issues I had with my previous card I prepared for hours of headaches trying to get this one to work.
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