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April 12, 2009 7:42:31 PM

Hi guys,

I want to upgrade the video card on my dell dimension 4700 system. The psu on my system is 305w so I know my choices are limited. The card I'm looking at is the ati hd 4670. Although the site state the requirement is 400w, I read all over that many people are able to use it at 300w. I know it also depends on the ammount of hardware that is installed in your pc. My pc is running a pretty light load as of now.

I basically have: intel p4 530 3.0 ghz, 1.5 gig ram,1 harddrive(5400 rpm at most), 1 cd/dvd rom and 1 dvr-rw/dvd+rw drive.

From what I can gather the 4700 psu has a dual 12v rails at 18.0amps a piece.

With the load I have right now is feasible for me to run the hd 4670?

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a c 330 U Graphics card
April 12, 2009 7:57:31 PM

@ 2Kunlimited: Yes it`ll run fine, just make sure your case will accept a full sized card, not all Dell cases will.
April 12, 2009 8:02:01 PM

That 4700 is a mid-tower case, so it'll fit. You might want to upgrade the RAM is you were installing the 4670. The Dell PSU's are usually underated so it'll run great. I have a 280W PSU in my Dell and my GeForce 8400GS demands 350W but it runs fine.
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April 13, 2009 5:50:03 AM

Do you guys think that cards maker overstate their requirements? My hardware combine doesn't seem to be too power demanding. I hope it works.
April 13, 2009 6:21:31 AM

Yes they will sometimes overstated to be on the safe side, a company doesn't want a bad reputation because they fried someones computer.
a b U Graphics card
April 13, 2009 11:40:39 AM

They "kinda" overstate them... The so-called "requirements" are guidelines which also have to include the absolute garbage power supplies out there that barely put out enough 12V power to make a car's headlight blink, as well as high-quality ones that give you plenty of umph for decent video cards. That said, your Dell PSU is fortunately one of the latter, and a 4600 series card should work well within it provided you're not running extra HDDs, fans, lights, and/or overclocking your system (much).
April 15, 2009 2:52:55 AM

Installed the card and its working great so far.