Need help picking Graphics card and PSU to upgrade my dell system with

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  1. Ok, now I'm just wondering why either.

    a)I can't see my post
    b)Why my post isn't there. :\
  2. get an antec/corsair/ocz 500watts or greater
  3. last try

    For some reason this keeps not posting correctly. :fou:

    1)I need to upgrade my graphics card.
    2)I need to upgrade my PSU to do that (probably).
    3)My current PSU is a little over 300W.
    4)I need to spend 100$ total, preferably less.
    5)The upgrade needs to let me play High def video, and fairly recent games, like oblivion, and fallout 3.
    6)I need to know how to tell which PSU's will be compatible with my computer.
    7)I could use some suggestions for specific Graphics cards or PSUs.

    Dxdiag in the spoiler.

    System Information
    Time of this report: 10/10/2009, 18:39:47
    Machine name: THEBORG
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Dell DM051
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 2046MB RAM
    Page File: 912MB used, 3025MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
  4. Antec EA series psu will fit and function fine in your D510, the 380 would be my choice, there's really no need for anything close to 500 watts in that machine.
    Video card, the PD is going to choke anything more powerful than a 9800 GT, and even that will take a performance hit.

    It was hard to do, but this is probably the best i can get ya for under a hundred, but it might go a bit over with shipping.
  6. Thanks for the help guys. ^_^
  7. Best answer
    What is the model of your Dell computer? Dimension or Inspiron? I'm pretty sure your computer can handle a ATI HD 4670 videocard without the need for you to spend another $50 Dollars on a new power supply, unless you want to get a more powerful videocard.

    Also, make sure that the videocard you get is single bracket and not double bracket (unless you like modifying the case to fit a double bracket).

    You said your current Dell PSU is a little over 300W. So I'm guessing it's just like my Dell 305W PSU with a total of 22amps on the combined +12V rails.
  8. get video card first might not need better psu?
    this is a pretty good 1 for the $ ASUS EN9600GSO $59.99
    ($39.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
    or this more $ 9800 gt no extra power connections at all just draws power from
  9. Yeah, I would try just upgrading to the 4670 first and if you need the psu pick it up later.
  10. I already learned the difference between single and double brackets by buying a double by accident.

    And I managed to find a card that should run on my current PSU by working of your suggestions, thanks. ^_^

    I'll be back with more pesky questions when I get enough cash to build an entirely new computer from scratch.
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