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Graphic Card for 350W PSU

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May 22, 2009 4:59:58 AM

Hi Guys,
I need a small help from you.

I am having a dell inpspiron 530 with the following specifications:
Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz,
4 GB DDr2 Ram @667 Mhz,
1 x 500GB HDD, 1 x DVD-RW,
1x Nvidia Geforce 8300 GS.

It has a 350W Delta PSU with:

+12VA ----- 12 A +12VB ---------- 18A

Max. continuous power on 12V line ---- 300W

I was thinking of going to a 9600 GT or HD 4670 or 9800 GT or HD 4770 based on my budget.
Right now i can afford a HD 4670 or 9600 GT. Can u suggest me a good card(anything) to rock my
19 " LCD at 1440x900 resolution?????

Please reply fast guys.

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a c 106 U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 5:18:11 AM

So one rail supplies 144W, and the other 218W, but the max continuous load of the sum of both is only 300W. Could be worse I guess. Anyway a Radeon 4670 is your best bet. You may be able to put in a 4770 (it's better than the 9800 or 9600GT by far), but I think that would be pushing it. I doubt your PSU really can sustain 300W for too long as it's probably not the best quality. Not only that but since it's aged a bit it will be handle even less of a load.
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May 22, 2009 5:21:34 AM

megamanx00 said:
So one rail supplies 144W, and the other 218W, but the max continuous load of the sum of both is only 300W. Could be worse I guess. Anyway a Radeon 4670 is your best bet. You may be able to put in a 4770 (it's better than the 9800 or 9600GT by far), but I think that would be pushing it. I doubt your PSU really can sustain 300W for too long as it's probably not the best quality. Not only that but since it's aged a bit it will be handle even less of a load.


What about a 9600GT. Can i go for it?? coz it is a lot better than a HD 4670.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 6:32:43 AM

The Delta 350w power supply that came with your Dell is a very good quality power supply. The Antec Earthwatts series are manufactured by Delta now, they used to be manufactured by Seasonic. The HD4670 is the safest choice, but either the 9600GT or the HD4770 shouldn't cause you any problems. Make sure the card will fit, measure carefully(dual socket?) and buy accordingly. Also download a hardware monitor and keep an eye on your temps(Dells have pretty poor cooling) compare your stock set up temps now and compare them to new temps after adding a GPU. Good luck.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 6:42:37 AM

^ Did you chck the 4830 ?
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 7:45:04 AM

All cards 512mb. HD4670 uses 64 watts at load, 4770 uses 80, 9600GT uses 70, 4830 uses 121
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 8:31:55 AM

Hmm...does the 4830 consume that much power :?
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May 22, 2009 8:32:52 AM

dirtmountain said:
The Delta 350w power supply that came with your Dell is a very good quality power supply. The Antec Earthwatts series are manufactured by Delta now, they used to be manufactured by Seasonic. The HD4670 is the safest choice, but either the 9600GT or the HD4770 shouldn't cause you any problems. Make sure the card will fit, measure carefully(dual socket?) and buy accordingly. Also download a hardware monitor and keep an eye on your temps(Dells have pretty poor cooling) compare your stock set up temps now and compare them to new temps after adding a GPU. Good luck.


I saw a video on you tube and even a 9800Gt can fit. My question is can a 9600GT be handled safely by my PSU because i don't want to stress the PSU too much. Just around 5-10 W below the limit at full load is ok for me. Suggest me a good one and i can afford a 9600 GT or HD 4670 but not a HD 4770. It is too costly here in India.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 8:36:59 AM

Well in India the 4770 costs about 6500 INR...
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 8:40:11 AM

But when comparing the 9600GT and the 4670, the 4670 is efficient and consumes less power but is weaker than the 9600GT...
So if you want the powerful card of the 2, then the 9600GT is the best option...but get the DDR3 version and not DDR2...
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May 22, 2009 8:41:36 AM

gkay09 said:
Well in India the 4770 costs about 6500 INR...


Ya but i can at the max force my father to go for 5500 for an 8800GT 512Mb or 9600GT 512MB.
My pocket money till now is only 3500 and my father has told that he will give me At the max. 3000 more for a graphic card.
I am keen to goto a 9600Gt and save my money to get a Vendetta 2 CPU cooler later as my Q6600 easily touches 60-65 degrees at 75% load.Idles at around 54 Degrees.
Is there any cheaper and good card apart from 9600GT 512 like ati HD 3xxx????????
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 8:47:08 AM

Well the ATI alternative for the 9600GT is the 3850 but it performs similar to the 4670...And the 3870 would obviously be costlier...
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May 22, 2009 9:03:25 AM

gkay09 said:
Well the ATI alternative for the 9600GT is the 3850 but it performs similar to the 4670...And the 3870 would obviously be costlier...


So is a 9600GT cool or should i step back to a HD 4670>
I am a bit worried coz +12VA is 12A and +12VB is 18A.
What is good for me??????
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 9:29:41 AM

^ For how long have you been running that PSU ? If it is 2+ years old, then get the 4670 if you had bought it recently then get the 9600GT...
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 9:41:30 AM

Go with the 9600GT, it's a very good card with good performance.
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May 22, 2009 10:51:36 AM

dirtmountain said:
Go with the 9600GT, it's a very good card with good performance.

It is quite new PSU only 7 month old. I will go for a 9600Gt. Thanks.

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May 22, 2009 10:56:32 AM

But my combined output on 12V rail is only 25A. SO do you think a 9600GT will work on this???
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 11:13:49 AM

The recommended amperage is 26A in the 12V rails...but they generally give increased values than what is actually required for the card to work...
But still it is a close call as you are running a Quad with that PSU...And don't even think of overclocking your CPU...It would most likely kill the PSU...
Instead of saving money for the CPU cooler, save it for a good power supply...that is a better investment...
If are experiencing high temps,. then reapply good amount of thermal grease like the artic silver 5 or MX-2...they should atleast bring temps down by 2 or 3 degrees, maybe even more...
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May 22, 2009 11:37:45 AM

gkay09 said:
Just found some old reviews about the 9600GT...And this should comfort you...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/666/1/
http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ2Niw2...
Those articles show that the total system power does not go above 300W using a 9600GT...
So you should just be fine...though take care if you want to overclock...


10/10 for that. Great info. Now i am pretty sure mine can handle a 9600Gt but i will think of my PSU and will go either to a HD 4670 or 9600Gt. Do you think that my temperatures are fine?????
55 Degrees at idle and 65-70 Degrees on full load.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 11:52:39 AM

Well the idle temps seems to be little higher than usual...
From what I have seen, around 45- 48 Degrees is considered normal and 55 Degrees seems to be little high...Well it may even depend on the room temp also...
But do try reapplying thermal paste to it...
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May 22, 2009 12:00:01 PM

Room temperature is around 40 Degrees here. Take a 33 Degrees for minimum
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2009 12:04:13 PM

Have you left your side panel open or is it closed ?
Leaving your side panel open would help in bringing the temps down a bit...
And did you apply thermal paste separately or just used the stock that comes on the HSF ?
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May 22, 2009 2:00:45 PM

I didnt apply any thermal paste. It is direct from factory.
[I opened the side panel once but only for a diff of 2 degrees. So closed it fearing any of my cousins would break a piece out of it]--- Crap. Leave it.
It is slightly ok now. Idles at 52.
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May 22, 2009 2:23:35 PM

I have a new dell studio 540 (350 w PSU) with a 4770.
Catalyst 09.5 - 8.612..
Q8200
3070 Mb
Windows Vista ver. 6.0
Score 4153 o3 Marks
Resolution: 1680x1050(FS) - MSAA: 0X
FPS: min=61 max=97 avg=69
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May 23, 2009 4:13:46 AM

Hey can this happen???? Can
+12Va--- 12A and +12VB---- 18A combined of 25 A on 12V rail
handle a system like mine with a HD 4770 or 9600GT.
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May 23, 2009 9:42:58 AM

Reply Please. CAn i handle any of the two cards
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a c 195 U Graphics card
May 23, 2009 2:52:19 PM

I believe you have already been advised that the answer is "Yes."
Considering that you only have an 8300GS now, you are likely to be entirely satisfied with a HD4670, especially at your stated resolution. The 9600GT will be a little better. The HD4770, if you can find one, will be stronger still.
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May 24, 2009 6:34:53 AM

Onus said:
I believe you have already been advised that the answer is "Yes."
Considering that you only have an 8300GS now, you are likely to be entirely satisfied with a HD4670, especially at your stated resolution. The 9600GT will be a little better. The HD4770, if you can find one, will be stronger still.


But i doubt it coz they ask for 26- 28 AMps on the recommendation. But as you say yes , i will try to goto a 9600 GT. A huge leap for me. Thanks.
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