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December 10, 2010 12:11:31 PM

hello everyone. . .

I have a dell inspiron 531 AMD Athlon 64x2 5000+ @ 2.60 Ghz
motherboard = MNTW, X2, 5000+, ENERGY STAR, 531

4.00 gb ram, 32-bit windows vista home edition

the problem is my power supply is only 300 watts and i want to upgrade my card to a EVGA GeForce GTS 450. Is this a good power supply?

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Or should i get a different kind?

Thank you

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December 10, 2010 12:29:27 PM
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What is your current graphic card? onboard?

I can't find anything related to amperage of each rails, but looking at the price and it has 2x 6pin power connector then that's an okay PSU.
does your case accept normal ATX PSU? If yes then for the same price you can get another PSU with higher quality.
Like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 10, 2010 12:34:37 PM

current graphics card is a 8600 GT
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December 10, 2010 12:39:35 PM

Okay, you must get a new PSU for GTS450. Get that Antec PSU, that's better than your link above.
And I need to be sure first, your case would accept normal ATX PSU, right?
December 10, 2010 1:09:36 PM

i think my case will take an ATX PSU. . . i'm a newbie when it comes to computers however. . . i will look on my current PSU at home to make sure later today. However, the PSU is the standard that came with the comp when i bought it in 2008, and from my research, i'm pretty sure that my current PSU is ATX
a b ) Power supply
December 10, 2010 1:43:54 PM

Okay, if that's true than you can use any ATX PSU like my link above.
Report again here after you have your current PSU detail. :) 
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December 10, 2010 2:09:40 PM

mikaelspears said:
hello everyone. . .

I have a dell inspiron 531 AMD Athlon 64x2 5000+ @ 2.60 Ghz
motherboard = MNTW, X2, 5000+, ENERGY STAR, 531

4.00 gb ram, 32-bit windows vista home edition

the problem is my power supply is only 300 watts and i want to upgrade my card to a EVGA GeForce GTS 450. Is this a good power supply?

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Or should i get a different kind?

Thank you



i had that PC, the PSU wa1 linked will work just fine.

here is another option for you
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
December 16, 2010 7:44:29 PM

Best answer selected by mikaelspears.
December 16, 2010 7:46:40 PM

wa1 thank you so much for that information!!! this was my first time changing major hardware inside my computer!! it took me 2 hours, but i got the old PCU out and put that new one in you linked. . . fit like a glove. . . not only that, but i have more power connectors for future upgrades. . . THANK YOU!!!
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