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February 15, 2010 4:48:50 PM

I have a dell XPS 420 and want to upgrade my graphics card NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT to play higher end games, but I do not want to change out my power supply what do you sugest?

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February 15, 2010 4:51:26 PM

my card I have is a GeForce 9600GT and was wanting something better. I will have to check what PSU is
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February 15, 2010 4:58:26 PM

my PSU in my Dell XPS 420 is a 375w and my name is Mike and not 'dude'

I served proudly in the United States Marine Corp and earned the right NOT to be called DUDE
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February 15, 2010 4:59:15 PM

Some good upgrades that use similar power to the 9600GT are the HD4770 and HD5750. An HD5770 uses slightly more(10ish watts) but would probably still be fine.
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February 15, 2010 5:02:10 PM

PapaMike44 said:
I served proudly in the United States Marine Corp and earned the right NOT to be called DUDE

He is from one of those wacky european countries so the Marine Corps may not sway your dude status in his mind :p 
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February 15, 2010 5:03:05 PM

A GT240 should perform about the same as a 9600GT but use less power due to it's 40nm GPU as opposed to the 65nm GPU on the 9600 and although Nv recommend a 400w PSU your Dell 375w unit should be quite adequate.
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February 15, 2010 5:06:27 PM

thank you for your quick reply!
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February 15, 2010 5:06:40 PM

Why would he want the GT240? He is asking for an upgrade and that card is a slight downgrade.
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February 15, 2010 5:08:23 PM

"XPS 420: 375W Power Supply"
http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/desktops/desktop-xps-430/...

I dont think you need to upgrade It if is 375w. The Zodac (9600gt, 9800gt) dose not need an extra 6pin power connector, that would be your best bet if looking to avoid upgrading your PSU.

Edit: mike beat me to it.
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February 15, 2010 5:10:44 PM

jyjjy said:
Why would he want the GT240? He is asking for an upgrade and that card is a slight downgrade.

Damn good point!, for some reason I read a 'to' that wasn't there. :lol: 
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February 15, 2010 5:13:26 PM

Honestly, the PSU isn't much of a pain to upgrade, it would expand your options to truly capture what you are looking for, otherwise you will have boundaries. There's an eco 9800gt out there within your requirements, but to give you a justafiable upgrade, look into gts250/radeon 4850 territory, which would represent a class up of what you have, rather than a lateral with this or that advantage.
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February 15, 2010 5:13:26 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Damn good point!, for some reason I read a 'to' that wasn't there. :lol: 

Yeah, I was a bit sketchy on what he was asking myself until his second post.
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February 15, 2010 5:14:25 PM

I would think there has to be a better card out there for my machine without upgrading the PSU? Maybe I should check with Dell, but seriously I trust you guys a lot more than those India support techs.....
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February 15, 2010 5:14:49 PM

beardcombover said:
Honestly, the PSU isn't much of a pain to upgrade, it would expand your options to truly capture what you are looking for, otherwise you will have boundaries.

You are forgetting that he has a Dell.
His current PSU is fine for the cards I listed and they are all nice upgraded.
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February 15, 2010 5:17:15 PM

Upgrading a PSU is indeed not a hard thing to do however depending on how much the PapaMike44 wants to spend on a graphics card, having to upgrade the PSU will make his price/performance ratio go through the floor.
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February 15, 2010 5:17:21 PM

jyjjy said:
You are forgetting that he has a Dell.
His current PSU is fine for the cards I listed and they are all nice upgraded.


That's kinda pushing that PSU, it's not great having your pc shut down on you during the action.
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February 15, 2010 5:18:54 PM

If those are pushing it then so is the 9600GT. Like I said the HD4770 and the HD5750 use the same amount of power(or less.)
Dell uses quality PSUs and grades them oddly.
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February 15, 2010 5:19:49 PM

paperfox said:
Upgrading a PSU is indeed not a hard thing to do however depending on how much the PapaMike44 wants to spend on a graphics card, having to upgrade the PSU will make his price/performance ratio go through the floor.


But it also gives you another piece to sell....dun dun dunnnnn. I agree with you though, but I think given the confines of that psu, a visible and functional upgrade may be justified. Otherwise it might just be money wasted.
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February 15, 2010 5:20:25 PM

Best answer selected by PapaMike44.
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February 15, 2010 5:22:31 PM

I know from experience that upgrading a Dell PSU can be a total bitch even if it is a standard form factor and there's a very good chance it isn't.
His current PSU is fine anyway, so it's a non-issue.
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February 15, 2010 5:22:32 PM

jyjjy said:
Yeah, I was a bit sketchy on what he was asking myself until his second post.


I didn't even see his second post :lol:  , simply because I Keep getting random 'Invalid Action!' errors when I hit the 'Submit' button and it's been a long day. :( 
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February 15, 2010 5:26:46 PM

I got a "site is unavailable" when clicking to post a few times earlier today. At least that's better than the "everything under the banner ad never shows up" error I've gotten before. That one happened frequently for a while and could last up to a day.
Had to switch to IE to get around it which I hate.
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February 15, 2010 5:29:16 PM

Today Ive been getting these ads aswell. Makes my screen black and in the middle is this green phone advertisment.
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February 15, 2010 5:46:27 PM

I want to thank everyone for all your help and I found a HD 5750 and jvjjv the Dell PSU are very good and are actually a lot higher than they list so if you think it will give me a much better gaming experience and an overall better graphics card then my GeForce 9600GT then I will buy the HD 5750 and stay with my PSU
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February 15, 2010 6:01:59 PM

It's a good card. Should be about 50% better than your 9600GT while giving you DX11 compatibility. I would recommend the HD5770 though if you can afford it and your resolution is 1680x1050 or above. If it's lower don't bother.
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February 15, 2010 6:33:18 PM

thanks again!

Semper Fi
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