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Windows 7: In need of a new graphics card

23 Apr 2010   #21
GHODZILLA5150

WIN 10 Pro 64bit
 
 

Still could use a very important piece of hardware often overlooked when looking for new video card and that's your power supply.

Exactly. I was going to post the same thing. Most Dell PSU's are 475W. For your price the Nvidia Geforce GTS 250 1gb is a very good card. I had that card then bought a Radeon 5850 last week (Man, what a difference. Very nice card I had looked at the 5770, but it is only 128mb and you need at least 256mb.


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23 Apr 2010   #22
SirWeegee

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

This may sound like I stupid question, but how exactly do I find out what my power supply is? I have most all of the other stuff filled in already.
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23 Apr 2010   #23
jr26

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Open the case and see if there are any model numbers on the power supply. Anything that could help us decipher what you have. Google shows no results for the Dell model number in your sys specs. Being a Dell and having what looks like integrated graphics with the Dual Core i'd assume the psu in it is most likely basic.
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23 Apr 2010   #24
Heroxoot

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jr26 View Post
Open the case and see if there are any model numbers on the power supply. Anything that could help us decipher what you have. Google shows no results for the Dell model number in your sys specs. Being a Dell and having what looks like integrated graphics with the Dual Core i'd assume the psu in it is most likely basic.
Probably around 300w. I've seen a few dell with integration and dual cores on 400w though.
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26 Apr 2010   #25
SirWeegee

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

Well, I just figured out that if I open my computer, I'll break the warranty. I was wondering if there was any other way to figure out my power supply, but then I remembered that buying any new graphics card would require me to open it. Does this totally prevent me from buying a new one?

I apologize if these are all stupid questions, I'm not that great at technical stuff.
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26 Apr 2010   #26
smarteyeball

 
 

Do either of these machines look like yours?

Inspiron 560s Slim Desktop | Dell

Inspiron 560 Desktop Details | Dell


Just going by your posted specs, you almost certainly have a 300w PSU.
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26 Apr 2010   #27
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

He's definitely got a 300W power supply. I just hope he has the mini tower and not the slim-line 560s because there's no way he'll fit a full size gfx card in a slimline.
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26 Apr 2010   #28
SirWeegee

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

Yeah, I definitely don't have the slim version. I take it I can still fit one in?
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26 Apr 2010   #29
smarteyeball

 
 

You will be able to fit one - but the low wattage (but more importantly the low 12v rail amps) of that PSU will limit your choices somewhat.

The power requirements of some of the faster cards will 'overload' that PSU quite easily.



What games do you play and what sort of performance are you hoping for?
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26 Apr 2010   #30
wickedout

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I'd look at the GTS 250 as well and make sure you have at least 512KB or 1GB. I own the EVGA GTS 250 great card. But I upgraded to the XFX 5850. Here's the link for you to check it out. I know it's over your budget by like $10. Anyways it's a solid card for gaming and anything else you throw at it.

Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1158-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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