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have a dell e520 with 305psu need help choosin graphics card

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May 27, 2007 1:12:12 AM

ok so i have a dell e520 with a 305w psu. i would upgrade the psu but i cant coz it a dell. so what if any recentish cards work with a 305w psu and wont fry my pc. I was thinkin a nvidia 7600gt or something but i dont know. Atm i have a 6200 pci from my old pc which needs replacin for a pci-e card. Here are my specs:

e4300 @ stock 1.8 ghz
1 gb ram (hopin to get 2 gb soon)
22 inch dell monitor
1 dvd drive
160 gb hard drive
um anything else just ask

well any help would be helpful 8O

peace out :D 
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May 27, 2007 2:04:15 AM

You can upgrade the psu with just about any standard ATX 2.0 or higher power supply,or put an 8600GTS in without having to.
May 27, 2007 2:06:44 AM

Dell uses standard PSU's. Recently upgraded an E510 with a Hiper 580, good fit except for the fan guard, which was removed with four screws. Ran a 7950GT and had to add a Zalman 900 GPU fan and a small case fan to compensate for the poor air flow in the Dell case.
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May 27, 2007 2:23:08 PM

You may not have to change it. My Dimension 4700 had the same watt PSU as yours and it had dual 18/19 amp +12V rails. I don't remember the combined power but it should handle the 7600GT fine.

I also did research and found that you can replace the PSU with any ATX 12V PSU. At least with my model.
May 27, 2007 3:48:52 PM

well i heard dell use special psus or something
May 27, 2007 4:14:10 PM

I know they did in their older models. I think they stopped doing that though. Worst case scenario: you go to PCP&C's website. They make PSUs that fit in Dell cases no matter what the model. They are a little expensive though.
May 27, 2007 9:15:11 PM

I have a Dell E521 with the above mentioned 305w PSU. Here are the specs if it helps:

AC Imput 50-60Hz : 100-120V / 9A
200-240V / 4.5A

DC Output +5V / 22A +3.3V / 17A
+12VA / 18A +12VB / 18A
-12V / 1A +5Vfp / 2a

+5V and +3.3v 150w max
+12VA and +12VB 264w max

Anyway it has 22A on the 12v rails.
BTW: I run a XFX 8600GT XXX with no problem
The 8600GTS will also work with the stock psu but you need a molex connection to the psu. Hope this helps.
May 27, 2007 11:31:40 PM

what a molex connector