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Recommend me a approx $150 video card for a Dell XPS410?

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May 24, 2007 12:55:45 AM

Ok, I know this goes against the grain of the the build your own system mantra of this forum and myself as well but because of a $200 off sale and 0 percent financing for 12 months, I've decided I'm going to get a Dell XPS410 (E6420 system). The only thing I don't like is their video card choices. It comes stock with a 256MB nVidia Geforce 7300LE TurboCache which I know isn't a real video card at all and the only reasonable choice for upgrade is a 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS for $200. I haven't read glowing reviews on the 8600 series and feel this is not a good value. If you disagree let me know.

So I would like to order a approximately $150 PCIex16 video card from Newegg at the same time I order this system (with the stock 7300LE) which will probably be tomorrow or Friday night. I am looking for recommendations, particularly if any readers have experience installing video cards in an XPS410 in case there may be any space or other physical limitations that may prevent the installation of some cards. Also the system only comes with a 375W supply so power consumption may be a limitation but they must think it's adequate to power the 8600 GTS. Thanks for any suggestions.
May 24, 2007 1:13:29 AM

XFX GeForce 7900GS $169.99 egg special

I recently put a 7950GT into an E510 and had to bump up the PSU (from 305w). Since the 7900GS only requires 45w, you might just make it depending on how the rest of the system is equipped.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2007 1:42:55 AM

I think you should consider the 7950GT. Newegg has the BFG card on sale for $150 AR right now

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is an overclock version with 256 MB memory - there is also 512 MB version. At $220 AR it is out of your budget and the higher memory capacity normally does not make a major difference on video cards.

The manufacturer's minimun requirement is for 350w system - so you meet the minimums. It also requires 22a on the 12v side. Dell's PSU normaly are reputed to be fairly robust for a conventional box. I have an older Dell 8400 which has a 350w PSU and in it I have a BFG 6600GT which requires a minimum 350w - and have not had any problems. My 350w PSU has 28 amps on the 12v side.

The 7900GS is a good card too. but in gaming the 7950GT is about 40-50% faster. It also has a minimum requirement of 350w with 12v of 22 amps or more.

You might go to Dells' message boards and inquire of other XPS410 owners about their experience - you can probably search and find a fair number of posts on this already.
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May 24, 2007 1:50:51 AM

That 7950 is a great deal! Whatever card you get, check your temps. You may have to remove, clean and reseat the heatsink with new thermal paste. I've seen a number of cards come with paste oozing out the edges, a sure sign of too much, which translates directly into too hot.
May 24, 2007 2:03:38 AM

Quote:
I think you should consider the 7950GT. Newegg has the BFG card on sale for $150 AR right now

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is an overclock version with 256 MB memory - there is also 512 MB version. At $220 AR it is out of your budget and the higher memory capacity normally does not make a major difference on video cards.

The manufacturer's minimun requirement is for 350w system - so you meet the minimums. It also requires 22a on the 12v side. Dell's PSU normaly are reputed to be fairly robust for a conventional box. I have an older Dell 8400 which has a 350w PSU and in it I have a BFG 6600GT which requires a minimum 350w - and have not had any problems. My 350w PSU has 28 amps.

The 7900GS is a good card too. but in gaming the 7950GT is about 40-50% faster. It also has a minimum requirement of 350w with 12v of 22 amps or more.

You might go to Dells' message boards and inquire of other XPS410 owners about their experience - you can probably search and find a fair number of posts on this already.



7950GT Thirded.
May 24, 2007 2:41:48 AM

Make that fourthed.


I would recommend an X1950, but they seem to be more power hungry than the 7950's.
May 24, 2007 7:51:37 AM

I run the stock Dell 305w PSU. It's 22amps on the 12v rails.
May 24, 2007 2:59:53 PM

also would deffinitely recomend a bigger power supply.
always figure new PSU and video card into the price of a Dell.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2007 3:13:51 PM

Quote:
also would deffinitely recomend a bigger power supply.
always figure new PSU and video card into the price of a Dell.


Upgrading the psu is not neccessary, the 410 is offered with the 8800 GTX as an option.
May 24, 2007 3:24:02 PM

right, you need more power i see,
if you dont game or you can live with it for a while longer, GPUs will come down in price when ATI fully establish there new cards. what you could do is OC you 7300, they OC like B*****ds.

secondly i would recommend a 8600, (even though they arnt much more pwoer ful then 7600) because that your sort of price and they are DX10 compat. Or a 8800GTS if its in your budget
May 24, 2007 4:49:37 PM

As Delluser1 said (thanks), Dell does offer the 8800GTS as an option which I would think consumes as much or more power then video cards suggested, so I assume they would not offer the card if they thought there would be PSU issues. The power supply is stated as 375W but no mention of the 12V current.
May 24, 2007 4:52:26 PM

Dell 375w psu=28amps on the 12v rails.
May 24, 2007 5:04:59 PM

I should add I plan on having two DVD drives and probably two hard drives but I don't initially plan on another other addon cards so I don't know how much that combo sucks down the PSU in general or the 12V rail specifically.
May 24, 2007 6:56:51 PM

any PSU will work, you only need a dell one if you want to use thier warantee. my friend has one he slapped an antec 500watt psu into and it is all peaches.(meaning it works flawlessly) oh yeah, and his is an xps410 as well, he put a 7950 in it and eats games (of course he also has 4gb ram).
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