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a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:22:27 PM

give me some opinions and options please!

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a c 248 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:39:41 PM
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WHOA! Hold on there!

Please list your pc components so we can make a valid recommendation. Without knowing your actual components it's a crapshoot!

Of the two power supplies you mentioned, the Corsair VX550 is the better choice. Corsair has a reputation for high quality power supplies, They consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are stable, reliable, and come with at least a 5 year and depending on the model sometimes a 7 year warranty.
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:40:01 PM

will it fit in my optiplex 960 micro tower?
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:42:20 PM

optiplex 960 mt
bluray rom/rw/LG
optiarc dvd dl burner
hd 4670...would like to upgrade this
8 gigs of ram
rosewill card reader
dlink dwa160 wireless usb
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:43:37 PM

give me new graphics card upgrades i could use with the better power supply

thanks a bunch
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 7:55:24 PM

The general rule of thumb is a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply with suffcient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can easily power a system with any single video card made.

Now, since you have an off the shelf system it's quite possible your pc might not be able to keep up with the latest and greatest video card.

From the physical dimensions of your micro tower case it appears as if any standard atx power supply will fit. The problem with Dell and other off the shelf brands is that they do not provide very much information about the power supplies they use.
November 18, 2009 7:57:14 PM

I would suggest you take a look at either Corsair 650TX or Antec EarthWatts EA650. I personally would go more toward the Corsair, but that's just me. The Antec has a 6pins PCI-E connector plus a 6+2pins one; the Corsair has 2x 6+2pins.
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 8:00:08 PM

is it possible to put a 550 or 650 corsair in my tower!
is it hard to do?

thanks for the help!
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 8:00:55 PM

my cpu is an e8400
November 18, 2009 9:35:04 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
is it possible to put a 550 or 650 corsair in my tower!
is it hard to do?

thanks for the help!
Your optiplexe, is it a tower, a desktop or one of those small form factor?
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 10:17:07 PM

dell optiplex micro tower its pretty big!
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 10:17:38 PM

its the largest optiplex 960 form
November 18, 2009 10:57:41 PM

From Dell's website photos, the Optiplex tower seems to hold a regular PSU, but I couldn't know for sure. You might want to contact Dell and ask them directly.
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 18, 2009 11:22:36 PM

ok thanks zenthar
a c 1434 ) Power supply
November 19, 2009 12:16:15 PM

going with a corsair!
thanks for the help everyone!
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