Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 - Compatibility Question

Hi everyone,

I just bought a Radeon 5750. I also ordered a brand new Dell Studio Desktop (mini-tower) that will arrive later next week and I want to make sure it is compatible, both on physical space and power.

I can tell you that the video card is definitely NOT compatible with my Dimension E521. When I tried to pop it in there, I discovered that the video card is a "double decker" (or whatever you call it, "2U" maybe... I just mean it takes up two of the spaces in the back of the tower). Unfortunately, my E521 case is built such that only the bottom half of the card is exposed on the back.

So I just want to make sure I will be able pop this car into my new system when it arrives without a problem.

The requirements for the video card state:

PCI Express based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
450 Watt or greater power supply is recommended

Bonus questions: The Radeon 5750 was a decent choice, correct? I'm not a hard core gamer, but I want to be able to play games from time to time and view HD content easily with no skipping.

Thanks a TON for any help! They certainly don't make these things easy to figure out...
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  1. Looking at the back of the case it appears to have enough slots (4), but you can't be 100% sure that it'll fit until you have it of course. I wouldn't worry too much about that, it should fit fine.

    You might have an issue with the 350w PSU though. What are the system specs of the one you ordered?
  2. Thanks. The Dell specs don't tell me much about the PSU, and it didn't give me a choice during the online configurator.

    Getting the card today and not being able to test drive it in my current system was a let down. I am hoping to avoid another let-down next week.

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  3. Best answer
    I was getting the PSU specs from: on the "tech specs" tab

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I dont think your 350w PSU is going to be able to handle the quad core and 5750. It will likely run it for a matter of months before it craps out, so it's not an urgent thing. Though I myself have experienced my mobo dying along side the PSU from waiting too long to upgrade it.

    We can help you find a decent PSU to replace it with if you're willing, you shouldn't have to spend more than ~$70.

    On the bright side, its a pretty powerful computer lol
  4. Damn. That sucks. But thanks for the link to the tech specs! I missed that.

    Would something like this work as a replacement PSU? OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 --- $35 bucks after rebate

    I'm not sure what I need to look for in a PSU to make sure it is compatible other than wattage.

    Or, am I just better off returning this card and getting another card? Or just using the integrated card? Dell offers a "NVidia GeForce GTS 220" as a $100 option on this system... Is that worthwhile or a rip off?

    Any suggestions?
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