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October 20, 2008 4:30:53 AM

Hey guys.

I'm currently running a GeForce 7300 LE and really want to upgrade.

I'm using a Dell XPS 410 and am having a few problems.

Just for your knowledge...

Specs:
- Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
- Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 1.83GHz
- 4 Gigs of RAM, only three in use (Damn you 32-bit!)
- 19' SAMSUNG LCD (non-widescreen)

The Dell XPS 410 comes with a 375W PSU. (KH624 = Dell's Pin)

I'm curious as to what my options are for what Video Cards I can use on this thing.

Thanks for any and all help!!!

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October 20, 2008 4:37:40 AM

Depending on your budget and how conservatively rated that PSU is you could get either an HD 4670 or an HD 4850. You should try reading the label on the side of your PSU and provide us with the info so we can tell you more accurately what you can and can't use.

MSI R4670-2D512 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 20, 2008 4:52:07 AM

I think you should spend a little on upgrading your power supply so you can actually support a decent video card. Buying a video card around a power supplys limitations is a sin.

Get a good corsair psu and get one of the cards emp suggested.

What is your total budget?...
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October 20, 2008 4:58:12 AM

PCPower makes PSU's that will work in a Dell, so your options are the same as anyone else if you wish it to be.
October 20, 2008 5:41:04 AM

Psssh just buy a really big power supply and if it doesn't fit cut it a hole XD
October 20, 2008 2:37:21 PM

I took a picture of the info on the PSU.



Do you guys think I would be better off upgrading both the PSU and Video Card?

Basically I want a PSU that can run something like an 8800 or a 9600.

My price range for the video card is in the $100-200 range.

My price range for a PSU is whatever I can get that will run a good card.

Again, thanks for the help guys and gals!
October 20, 2008 2:44:48 PM

Apparently the combined 12V rail looks like it's rated at 30A, usually I'd say to look into another PSU, but if the PSU is fairly recent you could probably do away by just getting a graphics card. For your budget the obvious choice is the HD 4850.
October 20, 2008 2:45:33 PM

you wana try and get a 800w psu
October 20, 2008 9:48:44 PM

I did some research on Dell compatible PSU's and I found this guy:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Output:
:: +5V @ 24A
:: +12V @ 35A
:: -12V @ 0.8A
:: +3.3V @ 24A
:: +5VSB @ 2.5A
:: continuous = 500W
:: peak = 550W

Will this card handle the 8800 and the 9600 GeForce cards?
Will this card handle the 3870 and 4850 Radeon cards?

Now, I've always been more an NVIDIA fan, but I'd be willing to go ATI.

Which GeForce card and which Radeon card do you suggest for a $100-200 budget.
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