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Upgrade stock PSU/GPU Dell 530

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August 7, 2009 5:17:37 PM

Okay guys I have a Dell 530 with these specs:
Computer is 1.5 years old
Vista 32-bit
E6550 core 2 duo
HD 2600XT
4 sticks of RAM (1GB each)
1 7200 HDD
1 DVDRW
PSU is the 300 watt version. Looking online it appears to have 264 watts on the 12v rails and 18A on the 12+V

I play these games:
Anno 1404
Age of Empires 3
Settlers 2 10th anniversary
TW: Medieval 2

I am also thinking about upgrading to the 4670 or 9800 GT EE as it "appears" these will work without a PSU upgrade but I still worry they may draw too much (I don't want to kill my computer).

Thus, what PSU do you suggest? Also any other GPUs in the same price range of the 4670/9800 GT EE that would preform better?
a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:20:46 PM

No need to recreate a new post. People saw your last post and replied. You'll get the same answer from the same people again. Both will work if your really concerned and want to spend money, get a cheap 500w. For best answer go to the power supply section.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 197 U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:22:24 PM

A 4670 only draws 4.7A under load, or 56.9 Watts; you'd be safe. If you want to replace your PSU anyway, a solid but inexpensive replacement would be an Antec Earthwatts 380.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:22:39 PM

i ran the 9800GT (non-EE) on that exact same PSU and never had an issue

grab this 9800GT low power unit and you have nothing to worry about
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as far as suggesting a new PSU, that would depend on what exact video card you are looking at and its power needs
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a c 235 U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:23:53 PM

i didn't see invisik's post when i replied

please don't post the exact same question on multi-boards
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August 7, 2009 5:25:39 PM

invisik said:
No need to recreate a new post. People saw your last post and replied. You'll get the same answer from the same people again. Both will work if your really concerned and want to spend money, get a cheap 500w. For best answer go to the power supply section.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I created a new thread because I don't want to limit myself to just the energy efficient models if buying a new PSU and a better GPU wouldn't cost that much more to do. I thought this was a big enough difference to create a new thread. However, I apologize if this was unnecessary.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2009 5:28:41 PM

Its not an issue just saying you could of just asked on the last thread, but ya dont worry about it. I was just saying most graphic card expert on the forum already looked at your thread and replied. If you want more opinion power supply thread is more effective for your question. The psu model i suggested should let you run high end cards. Such as the 4890/gtx275. =]

Sorry if i sounded a bit rude which wasn't my intention.
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