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Need help with choosing the correct Card for my Studio Desktop 540

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May 4, 2010 9:40:25 PM

Hello my name is Sean im 30 and a big noob at when it comes to vid cards.

This january I bought a pre built pc from Dell and the only options Dell gave me to choose best for my PC was the OEm product Nvidia GTS 240 wich is a renamed older card called the 9800. So now im bitter and dont even know where to look for a better card.

please help!


Now my issue is that I want to upgrade to a stronger video card to play games on HIGHER settings because I cant right now with the GTS 240.

The PSU on my pc says its 350 watts.

I know that I can really mess up buying a video card that isnt compatible so I need some expert advice.

I need to really know for my PSU what is the best video card I could upgrade to for my higher setting s in video games? I cant afford a new psu

For my PC quad core Q9400 2.66 ghz 500 gb 4 gb RAM with LITE ON 350 W psu. model #ps-6351-2. Output 350 watts. witha pre installed nvidia gts240 OEM vid card.


respectfully, Giant dell hating vid card noob.
a c 235 U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 9:54:58 PM

get the ATI 5770, it uses less power then the 9800GT but offers much better performance. Your 350w PSU will have no issue running it.
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May 4, 2010 10:48:38 PM

thank you what about the pci 2 x16 stuff ?
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May 4, 2010 11:14:26 PM

also is that ATI 5770, the best card i could possibly get for gaming with my pc?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 11:28:27 PM

i'm not sure what you are asking in your "pci 2 x16 stuff" question?

the ATI 5770 is a PCi-E 2.0 card, it will work with your motherboard. Its a good gaming card and can max out most games at 1680x1050 settings. AT 1920 x 1080 resolution it can still give you a very good performance. It is also the best card you can run with your current PSU.

You can always upgrade the PSU for more powerful cards.
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May 4, 2010 11:41:58 PM

ct1615 said:
i'm not sure what you are asking in your "pci 2 x16 stuff" question?

the ATI 5770 is a PCi-E 2.0 card, it will work with your motherboard. Its a good gaming card and can max out most games at 1680x1050 settings. AT 1920 x 1080 resolution it can still give you a very good performance. It is also the best card you can run with your current PSU.

You can always upgrade the PSU for more powerful cards.







im not sure what pci 2 x 16 means... thats all im real new dont understand how this works. i have a pc and I only know I cant use a video card over my power supply of 350? the ATI 5770, wich has a description of 450 watts seems too much . I just want to get the BEST card for gaming my PSU can handle because im broke unemployed.
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May 4, 2010 11:42:44 PM

Thank you very much there is hope for my gaming needs lol!
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 5, 2010 12:35:12 AM

like I stated before, the ATI 5770 does not need a 450w PSU. It uses less power then the 9800GT. I ran the 9800GT on a Dell 305w PSU. For all the crap Dell takes, much of it deserved, they probably have the best PSU of any mass consumer PC company. Your PSU will peak far higher then 350w.

As for the ATI 5770, at $150 its a great bargain for the performance you get. It will work in your PCI-E 2.0 (x16) graphics slot.
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May 6, 2010 12:28:25 AM

ct1615 said:
like I stated before, the ATI 5770 does not need a 450w PSU. It uses less power then the 9800GT. I ran the 9800GT on a Dell 305w PSU. For all the crap Dell takes, much of it deserved, they probably have the best PSU of any mass consumer PC company. Your PSU will peak far higher then 350w.

As for the ATI 5770, at $150 its a great bargain for the performance you get. It will work in your PCI-E 2.0 (x16) graphics slot.




I hoppe so man because some are telling me the 5770 willl not work with my PSU
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