Since most Dell PSUs are a bit underrated, if you're lucky, your PSU might actually be around a 400-450watt PSU.
In the best case scenario, you can run a good ATI 5770 (equal to the 4870 or GTX260).
If not, you can probably run a 5750. (performance equal to a 4850 or GTS250/9800GTX)
In the worst case scenario, you'll have to go for a 5670 (performance between a 3870/9600GT and a 4830/9800GT)
btw, a GTX285 is overpriced and power hungry. In terms of price-for-performance and power consumption, ATI's current 5x00 cards are MUCH better than Nvidia's old GTX200 cards and slightly better than Nvidia's new GTX400 cards.
are you sure it's just the gtx 285 could it possibly but the entire gt 200 line, as they are all really the same chip with some such as the the 260 and 275 with disabled cores or memory bus. you might be able to get 260 but what cpu do you have, and memory hard drives. If you have a realitively power sipping cpu you might be able to get one in, but we need to know that information
From what I understand, Adobe is very particular and have disabled acceleration on non-supported models even if they have the same chip. Hopefully they will support the entire line soon; are the 260 and 275 a better bargain?
My CPU is a Quadcore Q9400. I have 8Gig Ram, one run of the mill 7200 RPM hard drive (I would like to add a second hard drive, probably a "green" and a add a Blu Ray drive to exisiting DVD-ROM).
yeah, the 275 offers nearly all the performance of the 285 for $100 less, and the 260 is probably about %65-70 of a 285 for about half the cost, But with the rest of those specs you would probably have to upgrade you psu if the 285 is your only option, you would probably need guy a new power supply
possibly this antec http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I've narrowed my search down to the GTX 285. Will that run on a Dell Studio desktop with 350 watt psu?
i got stiffed by DELL 1,100$ for quad core 540 500 gb 4 gb RAM installed with a piece of junk GTS 240 card wich is liek 3 year old hardware im so mad but the best you can do Ive learned from others is like you im in need of the BEST video card for a studio 540 desktop and because its 350 watts on my PSU the best is ATI 5770 169$-200$
I hear they are easy to install i plan to buy one as soon as I can save some money. Im on unemployment.
The 275 and 260 seem to use a lot of power too. Would I be able to use either of those without a psu?
it's really highly doubtful, the 260 is really the only one that might have the slightest chance of working, but that's really putting your psu at risk, more than likely you'll just have to bit the bullet and spends some on a new one