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

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October 11, 2009 3:14:43 AM
October 11, 2009 4:54:55 AM

Ok, now I'm just wondering why either.

a)I can't see my post
or
b)Why my post isn't there. :\
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October 11, 2009 6:38:54 AM

get an antec/corsair/ocz 500watts or greater
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October 11, 2009 7:07:58 AM

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October 11, 2009 7:16:54 AM

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.

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System Information
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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
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October 11, 2009 1:15:37 PM

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.
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October 11, 2009 10:36:19 PM

Thanks for the help guys. ^_^
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October 12, 2009 12:07:43 AM

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.
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October 12, 2009 3:13:35 PM

Yeah, I would try just upgrading to the 4670 first and if you need the psu pick it up later.
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October 12, 2009 6:43:26 PM

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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