Hello,I have an E521 dell with a 305 watt PSU...i have an 8500GT that I put over the summer and want a boost in performance without buying a new PSU...But if i have to I will.I was thinking about a 9600GT or so...Suggestions?
Yes,I am a gamer...I play games on the Source engine...and on the unreal 2.0/2.5 game engine...I also play(try too w/ the 8500) armed Assault...and would like to play Arma 2/ operation flashpoint dragon rising on my system as well...I mean I just want to play the games...on low for games such as Arma 2 and OPF2.I dont think my system needs a low profile card.I mean its got enough space in it....the card just can be huge,if thats what low-profile means...This is the card I have in it. at the moment. http://www.zotac.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemi... ZOTAC GeForce 8500 GT 256
Also, remember, that you can only fit a "single-slot" videocard into your E521 Dell. Since, most likely it is a BTX motherboard. 22A on the 12v rails should be fine for a HD4670. However, running a 9600gt/8800gt/9800gt could blow out your PSU. I've seen some people run it, but I wouldn't take the risk of blowing out every component.
Well, I have a E520 Dell with the 305w PSU running a HD3850 ever since I got the computer. Here is a picture. You can see that the videocard is quite long and is about an inch beneath the CPU heatsink. It is almost touching the CPU heatsink from the bottom. If the heatsink/fan on the videocard was a little higher; it would not fit in the computer.
I hope this helps and yes, I'm too lazy to dust out my components. LOL