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Graphics Card for 250w PSU?

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December 21, 2010 5:56:51 PM

I'm in the process of upgrading a Dell 530s (slim) and the PSU is 250w. What is the best graphics card that I could put into it?

Preferred Store: Microcenter

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December 21, 2010 6:05:15 PM

First off, you'll have to go with a HTPC type graphics card. For two reasons:
1) The slim line case will require a SMALL GPU.
2) To hit 250W or less you'll be looking at a low power card, which means minimal if any gaming ability.

Probably looking at something along these lines:

ATI HD 5450 (Recommends 400W PSU)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

GeForce 210 (Recommends 300W PSU)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

You can use the Power Supply Calculator to help you determine how much PSU you actually need.
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

According to this the Dell 530s has a Pentium Dual-Core E2140 processor?
http://computers.toptenreviews.com/home/dell/dell-detai...

That CPU, with 1 GB DDR2, DVD drive, 1 92mm fan, 1 IDE Hard Drive (guessing since it's only 500GB), plus a GT 210 needs a 201W PSU.

That CPU, with 1 GB DDR2, DVD drive, 1 92mm fan, 1 IDE Hard Drive (guessing since it's only 500GB), plus a ATI 5450 needs a 201W PSU.

What do you wish to use this PC for? Neither video card is equipped for gaming.

The ATI 5670 that infernox_01 suggests would put you at 219W PSU required. But it would perform a ton better. However, MicroCenter only has 2 5670's and neither are slim profile.

ATI 5570 Low Profile $74.99 2 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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