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Can the Dell Vostro 220 use a 700 watt power supply?

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September 14, 2010 5:40:26 PM

My Dell Vostro 220 just fried a graphics card after 9 months. I ordered a new card and 700 watt power supply not thinking that the motherboard may not like 700 watts. Is there any danger in using a power supply over original 300 watt PS in this computer?
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September 14, 2010 5:56:19 PM

To be honest, unless that 700w PSU is the same size as the 300w that comes with the 220 it won't fit. Most 700w PSU are rather large in size. The only PSU that I know for a fact that will fit in a 220 is the Antec EA430 or EA500.

What card did you buy? Most cards should run off a single 500w PSU unless you purchased a GTX 480 or HD5970.
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September 14, 2010 7:31:51 PM

Well yes it is "overkill" but it was dirt cheap, that's the only reason I bought it and 700 watts was simply a bonus. It will fit width and height the same and is about an inch deeper toward the CD drive. There is easy 3 inches more in depth to spare. I do not have the slim Vostro. It's a short fat bugger, --just like me. The card I ordered with it was a GeForce 8400 GS 512.

I since got on a Dell forum with identical questions on the Dell Vostro MB where is was decided that it will not support any power supply over 300 watts. I have canceled the order not wanting to risk frying my computer and bought a nice little ATI Radeon 4550 512. I have never had good luck with ATI --but here I go again.

Thanks all and special thanks to malmental for valuable input. I know you time is worth something.
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January 18, 2011 6:23:27 PM

Well, I have a Vostro 220 Mini, and I upgraded to a Seasonic 620W power supply, and a GTX 460 1 GB SC graphics card, and it works great! Let me know if anyone needs any help with a Vostro 220 system.
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January 20, 2011 12:53:09 AM

k2kropf, how did the gtx 460 fit in the vostro 220 mini??

i have a vostro 220 mini too and wanted to upgrade my video card an power supply.

Isn't the card too long??
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January 21, 2011 2:16:24 AM

ok mini tower.. can i see what it looks like from the inside? make a picture of your rig
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March 29, 2011 1:20:36 AM

It's OK, I have a Dell Vostro Mini Tower with a Seasonic 620W PSU and a GTX 460 1 Gb SC and they both work fine with this PC. Any ATX12V PSU should work fine. Any questions, feel free to ask.
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March 29, 2011 1:29:38 AM

On retrospect, I would say the GTX 460 fits snugly. If I had it to do again, I would skip the Mini Tower and go with a mid or full tower (Save the cash at least for a bigger tower so there's more room with your current setup.)
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August 13, 2011 4:43:55 AM

I have a dell vostro 220 mini tower and was wondering if a GTX 560 card will fit. Besides that, is it safe to remove the 300 watt psu and put in a 500 watt one?
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August 13, 2011 5:11:26 AM

From my experience with my current setup (Dell Vostro 220 mini tower), the EVGA GTX 460 1gb (dual slot) will just so fit. I'm not sure how big the GTX 560 is (do brands make a difference?). It's perfectly fine to remove the 300W PSU and replace it w/ a more powerful ATX one; that's what I did. My advice to anyone would be to look around for another decent low-mid priced case ($30-$50). This will give you more flexibility for later and you can save up for the rest of the components in the meantime. Dell's can sometimes be gotten for low prices, but you're stuck with them. I only recommend them if you are positive you won't want to build your own PC later on. Even if someone would have really deep pockets and not mind throwing out the old PC to get a new one, why not go with someone like Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, etc. where you get a more easily customizable gaming rig anyway? OK, I've said enough for now... :) 
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