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WIll ati radeon 4770 work on my 305 watt psu?

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July 8, 2010 2:07:39 PM

I have a dell dimension E520..
Pentium D 820 2.8Ghz
2GB RAM (1+1)
60GB Hardisk SATA.
DVD Writer, Multi card reader that comes with this model.
the PSU of this system is 305 WATT.

I have seen at the coolermaster website that this PSU will run hd4770 but i have to confirm this with the professionals so that i don't do anything wrong.
http://www.coolermaster.com/support/psu_calculator.php
Here is the link through which i calculated the WATTAGE of PSU required.. and it said 301 WATT minimum psu required...
Can i run this card on my stock PSU?
Actually i dont wana change the psu so if this PSU can not run hd4770 then give me other options of cards that run on this psu and settings..

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July 8, 2010 2:41:50 PM

i ran the 9800GT off that PSU, it will run it but you will be pushing it. The Dell 305w is a solid PSU.

if you want a safer card, the ATI 5670 uses less power and you won't sacrifice a lot of graphic performance. get the 2.0 version of the card if you decide to get it. you mobo will have issues with 2.1 versions.
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July 8, 2010 8:49:45 PM

ok thanks.. and can i run a better card than 5670 on this psu?
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July 8, 2010 8:57:41 PM

Your best bet is stick with a card that does not require a extra connection from PSU..

There is possibility that 4770 will run on that PSU, but remeber, the PSU gets worse at dishing out its rated specs as it gets older, and you are on the limit already really.

5670 will do you well, anything faster will be bottlenecked by your CPU anyways
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July 8, 2010 9:01:22 PM

Ok thanks for the reply dude..
And one last thing that.. will my mobo support a Q6600 or Q6700 processor and 8Gig of Ram?
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Anonymous
July 8, 2010 9:17:40 PM

Looks like it support C2D chips e6300, just not sure if it supports quad chips, cant seem to find that on dell site..

Only 4gb Ram and only 533mhz ram at that

But mostly, your PSU will be to low for Dedicated GPU, 8GB Ram and Quad Core..

Getting a cheap C2D second hand like the E4300 or E6300 (You may have to flash the bios though age of board dependant) would be a nice upgrade, along with 4gb ram..

But I would not spend a lot of money doing so, better put money to newer machine!
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July 8, 2010 9:23:23 PM

it will support up to the C2D E6600, you would need to check the dell forum if anyone got something higher to run.

i suggest you update the BIOS before you try any upgrade.
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July 8, 2010 9:33:11 PM

ahsum_gulzar said:
Ok thanks for the reply dude..
And one last thing that.. will my mobo support a Q6600 or Q6700 processor and 8Gig of Ram?

Yeah, if you are considering putting a new GPU, quadcore and 8 gigs of ram in that thing you seem to have enough cash to just rebuild the system. Something like an Athlon II x4, a decent motherboard for it, 2 more gigs of DDR2 and a decent PSU would probably cost you less than a Q6600/6700 + 6 gigs of ram you were thinking of and allow you to pick out a more powerful video card.
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July 8, 2010 9:33:32 PM

The dell site says that it doesnt support c2 quad processors but i have seen in the reviews that when u upgrade the bios then u can run a q6600 and q6700.. i couldnt find anything regarding the 8 gig ram...
q6600 and q6700 both are 65nm manufactured.. and have an FSB 1066...
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July 8, 2010 9:40:36 PM

@jyjjy.. The branded quad core pcs cost very much. I thought if i just put a q6600 and 8 gig of ram with hd5670 in this thing, it will give me much better performance in gaming.... rather than spending more on a new machine i could have a gaming pc in less price...
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July 8, 2010 9:45:26 PM

and could anyone tell me the PCI express version of my CPU. I couldnt find it anywhere on the web...
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July 8, 2010 9:53:35 PM

ahsum_gulzar said:
@jyjjy.. The branded quad core pcs cost very much. I thought if i just put a q6600 and 8 gig of ram with hd5670 in this thing, it will give me much better performance in gaming.... rather than spending more on a new machine i could have a gaming pc in less price...

Well first off you really don't need 8 gigs of ram. 4 gigs is certainly enough for a gaming system.
Second are you sure it didn't say the E6600 like ct suggested?
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July 8, 2010 9:55:50 PM

ahsum_gulzar said:
and could anyone tell me the PCI express version of my CPU. I couldnt find it anywhere on the web...

On a system that old your PCIE x16 port is definitely 1.0. It should work with at least 2.0 cards however as PCIE is backwards compatible.
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July 8, 2010 10:06:19 PM

jyjjy said:
Well first off you really don't need 8 gigs of ram. 4 gigs is certainly enough for a gaming system.
Second are you sure it didn't say the E6600 like ct suggested?


Yea im sure.... when u google "q6600 on e520"... u can see different websites in which people have given reviews that this machine will run the q6600.. the quad core 2.4Ghz one...
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Anonymous
July 8, 2010 10:11:50 PM

The q6600 will be overkill in the system, it will be bottlenecked, better off with dual core e4300, that is a good upgrade, plus 4gb cheap as chips 533mhz ram and 5670, that is the most you should logically upgrade..
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July 8, 2010 10:15:15 PM

Anonymous said:
The q6600 will be overkill in the system, it will be bottlenecked, better off with dual core e4300, that is a good upgrade, plus 4gb cheap as chips 533mhz ram and 5670, that is the most you should logically upgrade..


lol ok.. but this is only 1.8Ghz... can i upgrade to e6700? It would be far better than the e4300...
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July 8, 2010 10:25:31 PM

Ok, it does look like you can use a Q6600 so go for it. Just make sure to update to the latest BIOS first. Like I said 4 gigs of ram would be more than enough and like others have said it is your power supply that is going to limit your video card selection. I've seen people use an HD4770 and HD5750s on those PSUs but that really is pushing it and as yours is pretty old it is probably not a good idea. If your PSU is a standard form factor you can replace it fairly cheaply however. The 400CX by Corsair would be a cheap and good choice. It can power any card you are likely to be looking at and is only $30 after rebate right now if you are in the US;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 8, 2010 10:26:05 PM

Anonymous said:
The q6600 will be overkill in the system, it will be bottlenecked, better off with dual core e4300, that is a good upgrade, plus 4gb cheap as chips 533mhz ram and 5670, that is the most you should logically upgrade..

Bottlenecked by what exactly? He is replacing the card as well.
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July 8, 2010 10:30:59 PM

jyjjy said:
Ok, it does look like you can use a Q6600 so go for it. Just make sure to update to the latest BIOS first. Like I said 4 gigs of ram would be more than enough and like others have said it is your power supply that is going to limit your video card selection. I've seen people use an HD4770 and HD5750s on those PSUs but that really is pushing it and as yours is pretty old it is probably not a good idea. If your PSU is a standard form factor you can replace it fairly cheaply however. The 400CX by Corsair would be a cheap and good choice. It can power any card you are likely to be looking at and is only $30 after rebate right now if you are in the US;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Im not in USA.. Im in Pakistan actually.. here, the cooler master PSU's are very common and i could find it a bit cheap here.. so i should better go for a PSU of 500Watt.. wat say??
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July 8, 2010 10:34:17 PM

Yeah, Cooler Master PSUs aren't the best but it should handle something like and HD4770 or even up to an HD5770.
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July 8, 2010 10:36:03 PM

jyjjy said:
Yeah, Cooler Master PSUs aren't the best but it should handle something like and HD4770 or even up to an HD5770.

by the way. which brand of PSU's is the best round the market now adays??
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July 8, 2010 10:41:07 PM

Corsair which I mentioned is one of the best. Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ, FSP and Enermax are all good brands as well.
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July 8, 2010 10:48:36 PM

jyjjy said:
Corsair which I mentioned is one of the best. Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ, FSP and Enermax are all good brands as well.

corsair PSU's are expensive than cooler master :p 
well, i will go for a CMPSU-550VX PSU...
now what r the options that i have to upgrade my graphic card..??
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July 8, 2010 10:54:34 PM

You don't really need the 550VX, like I said the 400CX will likely be fine for any video card you are considering and surely costs much less.
As for what card you should get tell us your monitor's native resolution and we will recommend you a good card.
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July 8, 2010 10:58:31 PM

jyjjy said:
You don't really need the 550VX, like I said the 400CX will likely be fine for any video card you are considering and surely costs much less.
As for what card you should get tell us your monitor's native resolution and we will recommend you a good card.

The resolution of my TFT is 1680x1050.. plz recommend a good card for gamming...
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July 8, 2010 11:07:34 PM

For 1680x1050 an HD5770 is a very good choice. It is DX11 compatible and quite power efficient. It will work fine on the 400CX I recommended.
If that card costs a bit much for you then the HD4770 you were considering will also be pretty good. For cards in that performance area I would rank them HD5750 > GTS 250 > HD4850 > HD4770. The 400CX should handle all of those as well.
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July 8, 2010 11:11:51 PM

no, the hd5770 is ok wid me.. so i can upgrade my Pc to
core 2 quad q6600, 4 GB ram, hd5770..
im sure it will run all the latest games right??
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July 8, 2010 11:29:41 PM

Yeah, that looks good. The only issue will be the base speed of the Q6600. Some games don't use more than 2 cores and on those it may struggle a lil bit at 2.4ghz. Most of the more CPU intensive games are well multithreaded(can take advantage of all the cores) so it shouldn't be a big deal.
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July 8, 2010 11:43:57 PM

Actually I just thought of something. Sometimes Dell uses BTX cases which would limit you to a single slot card. Open up your case and make sure a dual slot card like the HD5770 will fit before ordering one.
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July 9, 2010 10:39:31 AM

what is the length of hd5770 and the width?? so that i can calculate the space.. and i can show u the picx as well if u want to.....
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July 10, 2010 1:45:09 AM

It's not very long, a little over 8", and that likely wouldn't be the issue. It is a dual slot card. On ATX cases it usually covers the PCI slot underneath the PCIe x16 slot but on BTX cases I believe it faces the wrong way and there is no room for the two slot cooler. Even if it is a BTX case I think you can use one but you will need one with a single slot bracket and a centralized cooler.
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