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
By the way, I'm not a Dell representative and you have good instincts.
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?
For that price you should get an HD4650/4670 instead. About the same power usage but more powerful cards.