Dell vostro 420 help

so i have a brand new bone stock dell vostro 420 intel core 2 duo e7400 2.8 ghz 80 gig hd 3 gigs of ram with a stock 256 meg ati hd 3450 with hdmi ( i only got the dell because i got it brand new in box for $375 cash no tax and its main purpose is for htpc use with some gaming on the side)

the question is what is the best video card i can slap in there with out replacing the power supply if i need a new psu that no big deal but i realy do not want to as this computer is so quiet i can not even notice its on

no nvidia (they are way overpriced)
hdmi with audio is a must
passivly cooled would be nice but not a must


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  1. Im sure you will get some opposition to your choice on Nvidia, but i will leave that alone...

    the power supply inside is fairly weak (350 watts). i recommend you replace it with something a bit more powerful and then upgrade the graphics card.

    if you replace the PSU with something above 500 watts or so, and of a reputable brand, your graphics options are pretty much unlimited.

    throw a 4890 in there if you want.
  2. One of the options for that computer is a 9800GT I'd say the best you can do is a Radeon 4770. Even though the 4850 is a bit faster it uses significantly more power (the 4830 uses about the same so don't get that either). Even though you could technically even put a Radeon 4870 (it's not going to use all 350W with a 4870) as long as you have enough amps on the 12v rail, it would be stressing your PSU which would lower it's life span. Go with the 4770 and be happy. If you want to put in anything more powerful it's advisable that you upgrade your PSU first.
  3. +1 megamanx00
    Without changing the PSU a HD4770 is the fastest you can install, if you can find one;)
  4. A 4830 uses a little more power than a 9800 GT, shouldn't have any issues with it.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-hd4830_4.html#sect0
  5. HD 4770 or HD 4830 are my picks.
  6. hmmm thanks for the input guys
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