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Help needed upgrading graphics card on ancient Dell Studio Slim 540s

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September 23, 2013 4:38:18 PM

Hello, I am looking to improve the graphics card that came with the studio slim 540s, but I'm running into problems due to the PSU (250w) and the face that I need a small card that will fit my case. The bracket is tiny - only big enough for a DVI and HDMI port side by side.

The rest of the specs of the computer aren't terrible: 64-bit Intel core 2 quad CPU Q8300 2.5ghz, 8gb RAM. I am also going to upgrade it to windows 7 as it came with vista originally.

I am looking to be able to run games on it - mostly stuff like Civ 5 (it will run this now, but doesn't really feel playable), but I'd like to be able to play splinter cell blacklist on it if that's not too pie in the sky. I know I'll never be able to put the settings up to high or even play in a decent resolution, but any advice you could give on a card that will at least run the game in my teeny case would be great.

I am in the UK so would prefer a UK supplier. I don't really have a price in mind - I'm assuming the cards I can use are going to be pretty old/low powered so I won't have to sell a kidney, but I'd prefer to be under £200 if possible.

I also won't be running two monitors or trying to overclock the machine. From previous threads I think I read that the Radeon HD 7750 was recommended, but when I've tried to look for it all the sellers seem to recommend a 400w PSU, which is almost double what the slim 540s has. Are they just overestimating the power requirements, or could that card blow up my computer?
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Here's what I'm looking at, but again it says 400w power needed. One reviewer did say they were running the card in a 220w case though: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11202-10-20G-Profile-G...

Cheers!

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September 23, 2013 5:16:33 PM

I would definitely not run a card that's spec'd at 400W on a 250W power supply. Very bad idea. Realistically you're going to have to upgrade your PSU. It's the only way you're going to get a better card in there.
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