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Need help with a new graphics card please

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November 11, 2008 1:17:17 PM

I currently have an nVidia GeForce 7600GT...the problem is I only have a 350 W power supply and I recently found out that the motherboard in the system will not accept a higher power supply without potential damage to the board.

So I've been looking around for graphics cards that will work with my system. I've checked power consumption charts, and a list of cards available that only take 350, but I was wondering what everyone had to say about it.

The Radeon HD 2600 XT is one I'm looking at, and also the GeForce 8400GS...and there are a couple other ones in there too.

I want the best card I can get for gaming with the power options I have available. I'm running a P4 Core 2 Quad 6600 with 2G ram and PCIx x16. Any suggestions would be great.

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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2008 1:27:12 PM

check out the 4670.
November 11, 2008 1:59:24 PM

Just wondering why mb cant handle a bigger psu as it will only use what it needs?
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a b ) Power supply
November 11, 2008 2:31:25 PM

Maybe this is a Dell or something similar, and it needs a special kind of PSU? What model is it? (e.g. Dell Dimension 5100, HP m7640n, etc.?)
November 11, 2008 3:37:16 PM

Never stress a low power or low quality PSU.
You have a quad Q6600, now you want a good video card.
It's time to get a good PSU.
I always recommend PCPower PSU's
Either the Silencer 610watt or 750watt.
You will kill your system otherwise.
November 11, 2008 6:52:40 PM

aevm, are the psu special to wiring\pins or just in shape?
a c 1406 U Graphics card
a c 713 ) Power supply
November 11, 2008 7:10:04 PM

2600xt performes a little bit better than 7600gt in new games but the same in older games and 8400gs is worse than the 7600gt. the card to look for is the HD4650/70 based on the quality of your psu (power supply)
November 11, 2008 7:21:58 PM

It is a Dell. It's an Inspiron 530 and I've heard that the board will fry with a power supply that's too large.

I will eventually be getting a new board and case and just swapping everything...but for now I just wanted a decent card to last until then. The one I have is choking on Fallout 3.
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