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June 1, 2010 11:33:05 PM

Hello,
I have a dell studio desktop (i bought it in january 2010)Now i know about computers. Heres the specs
Nvidia Gt220 1024mb of memory (horrible graphics card)
Ram 6gb of DDR2 ram (over kill much?)
Hardrive-320GB (not really important)
PSU i dont know but it says max voltage is 350.
Processer- 2.66/2.55GHz intel quad proccesser.


Now my idea was too buy a ATI 5770, but i think it requires a 16pin connecter, and i don't know how to check that, i know you have too open it, il look at all the loose wires. Anyway would it be safe running a 5770 with only 350V? Ive heard of people running it fine with 300V. Ugh please i need some help before i go out and but a new GPU/PSU

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June 2, 2010 12:59:54 AM

i think you mean 350 Watt and not Volt PSU and yes you can run the ATI 5770 on that PSU.
June 2, 2010 3:27:28 AM

Hmm thanks, but are you 100% sure i dont won't too blow my PC or ng seroius. Sorry if i sound like a noob, first time upgrading my PC. Question how do i find out i can run the GPU, because it requires a power supply, so what do i need too do to make sure i can acutlly use it. Thanks!

EDIT: also awesome ferret! My little brother has one just like that and a golden one :kaola: 
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June 2, 2010 4:03:33 AM
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1) your DELL unit delivers 350w continuous power and peaks at over 350w. Here is a test system running with an over clocked i-7 with the ATI 5770; at peak power the system won't break 300w.
http://www.techspot.com/review/209-ati-radeon-hd-5770/p...

2) you can go to the dell forum on dell web site and ask all the people who actually run the ATI 5770 on the DELL 350w unit, there are plenty

3) i ran the Nvidia 9800GT off a DELL 300w PSU and the 9800GT uses the same power as the ATI 5770.
June 2, 2010 5:33:51 AM

Agh thanks a ton mate. Best help I've got since I've been on a upgrading hunt.

Question though I need to plug in my psu too it, how do I do that? I know it has something to do with the 16pin connecter. Is there a way too find out how I do this or I can do this. Thank you so much !
June 2, 2010 2:50:51 PM

Yep my buddy has a Dell XPS something that came with that crappy card.
We fixed him up with a 5770 no problems.
He loves it now that he can play his games properly.
June 2, 2010 9:45:20 PM

lavitz1125 said:
Agh thanks a ton mate. Best help I've got since I've been on a upgrading hunt.

Question though I need to plug in my psu too it, how do I do that? I know it has something to do with the 16pin connecter. Is there a way too find out how I do this or I can do this. Thank you so much !


i think you are talking about the 6 pin connector. Most cards comes with a 4-pin to 6-pin adapter, if not newegg sells them cheap. You simply grab one (or two but one will work) of your molex connectors and plug it into the 4 pin.

it looks like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...
June 3, 2010 12:50:24 AM

Ahh thanks a lot. Il make sur whn I bu my graphics card il get it too, so i've go some spare whit ones like in the picture. So I must plug it into the White thingo then the 16 pin into the graphics card it self? Lol so simple, big thanks! I pretty know how to do it now!!!
July 31, 2010 12:17:32 PM

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