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June 28, 2009 7:51:32 AM

I am trying to upgrade a dell system with a new videocard, extra hard drive, and more memory.

The current power supply is only 305W and i was worried a larger video card (plus the other things) would require a larger PSU. I tried finding the specifications for my current PSU so that i could replace it however the online manuals weren't helpful. I tried to contact dell and through a live chat i was told that my current PSU would be sufficient.

I dont exactly trust a dell representative (call it instinct) so i wanted to know if you guys thought differently.

I will end up with
2 or 4g of ram,
two hard drives,
2 optical drives,
a Pentium D processor that my computer claims is 3.0Ghz,
and a videocard similar to this

Is 305 enough?

Extra info: Dimension E510

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a c 243 ) Power supply
June 28, 2009 10:49:14 AM

The 305w is plenty for your system.

By the way, I'm not a Dell representative and you have good instincts.
a c 144 ) Power supply
June 28, 2009 12:29:02 PM

Agree. Figure about 100 watts for CPU. 4 GB RAM - no more than 20 watts @ 3.3 volts. Video card, 60 watts, two hard drives - 30 watts, two optical drives - 50 watts, motherboard - no more than 30 watts.

Why two optical drives?
a b ) Power supply
June 28, 2009 1:50:31 PM

For that price you should get an HD4650/4670 instead. About the same power usage but more powerful cards.
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