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Video Card for the E521 Dell.

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March 3, 2009 1:08:24 AM

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?

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a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2009 12:16:06 PM

Welcome to the forums!

How many amps do you have on the 12v rails?
Check the power supply label.
a b U Graphics card
March 3, 2009 12:28:44 PM

Are you a gamer?
If yes, the video card upgrade is worthwhile.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
March 3, 2009 1:01:47 PM

The 9600 is probably a bit much for our psu and you don`t state if the system needs a low profile card, which will dramatically reduce your options.
Right now the best would most likely be a HD4670.
March 3, 2009 7:12:45 PM

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

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March 3, 2009 7:23:42 PM

22A on the 12v rails
March 3, 2009 7:33:37 PM

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.
March 3, 2009 7:43:50 PM

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
March 3, 2009 9:29:50 PM

Hi,

I think that your better option is HD 4670. Or buy a more powerfull PSU and then get a HD 4870 for only $150 (with new rebate)


March 4, 2009 1:55:12 AM

What does the 4670 compare to for nvidia cards?I know the nvidia line up but not ATIs :( .
March 4, 2009 4:03:43 AM

Im probly going with the 4670...what brand do you recommend?i can spend about 120 or less....suggestions?thanks all for the help you really were a big help!
a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2009 10:53:34 AM

The 4670 is the limit your power supply can handle.
I like Sapphire, Power Color. Brand doesn't make that much difference. Look for warranty, cooling and other features.
March 4, 2009 1:46:57 PM

deltadeel said:
Im probly going with the 4670...what brand do you recommend?i can spend about 120 or less....suggestions?thanks all for the help you really were a big help!



For my HIS, I have a HIS x1950pro IceQ3 Turbo since 2007 and no problems!


Excelente VGAs!!
a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2009 10:28:36 PM

That particular card is a very nice card with good cooling, but it is a dual slot card of double thickness, not like the Gigabyte card you linked earlier. You may not be able to get it to fit.
March 4, 2009 10:29:57 PM

I have a semi roomy case...its not really small...I mean i think it will fir...let me open my case up and compare it to my 8500GT and see.
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