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Quick question about graphics cards

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 23, 2009 12:32:52 AM

I have a Dell Dimension E521 and am unsure of what is the best graphics card my computer can run without damaging it?
Any help would be extremely appreciated!

This is the link for the specs on my computer.

Thank you
January 23, 2009 4:15:36 AM

It looks like your motherboard would support PCI-e X16 but you are very limited as to what you can get with only a 305 Watt power supply. You might get lucky with something like the Nvidia 9600GT but there is a chance that 305 watts might not be enough because the recommended watts is 400. Just search around on google and newegg (or maybe someone else on Tom's can help you out :)  ) to see if it might be possible, and if not go for something a little less power hungry.
January 23, 2009 4:38:20 AM

dont pay attentino to the recommended watts... Dell PSU's are generally pretty good. a 9600GT should run no probs on a dell 300w. i've seen cases like that all over the web. i think someone even ran an 8800GT on a dell 300w.. meh.

4670 could be good though, since it doesnt need any pci e plug from the PSU
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January 23, 2009 7:36:00 AM

Here's a recent review by hardwarecanucks that compares cards playing recently released games that would run in the E521 including the HD3870, 9600GT, 9600GSO and the HD4670.

The HD4670 is the only card of those listed above that doesn't require additional power from the power supply, but runs on what the PCIeX16 socket provides.