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March 9, 2011 6:44:35 PM

hiya guyz :hello:  ,
it's been a month now since i bought a brand new EVGA GTS250 (512MB GDDR3 265BIT) for my secondary rig.
Rig has been working perfectly till yesterday.. :pfff: 
i was playing Modern Warfare 2 MP as usual (3 hours play) i witnessed drops in FPS then i saw some strange artifacts (silver spots like a disrupted signal tv screen) on every moving object.. and then the pc got sluggish and after a 5 minute interval i got the blue screen of death :ouch:  :ouch:  saying the device (GPU) has failed so the windows had to be shutdown and *** :o  :o 

i was amazed at this as the pc was working flawlessly previously..
i opened the case, the card was cool (slightly warm).. every thing else as well (HDD, PSU, RAM, CPU heatsink etc)
so definitely it doesn't has a chance to be the slightest of any heat issue

i restarted the PC and it worked fine then.. but now either it's my superstition or reality.. i think the PC has got sluggish then it was before :( 

my PC is:
Dell Optiplex 745 mini tower
-C2D E6300 stock
-D965 Chipset
-4x 512MB DDR2 @ 667FSB
-EVGA GTS250
-DELL 375 Watts PSU (30A)..(PSU is powerful enough)..

so guys what do ya think is the problem.. ? just bought this baby a month ago and i seriously don't want it to die on me :cry: 


it does comes with 1 year warranty but if i give it under warranty it may work for the time being and it would be really difficult to prove about the artifact episode and the company may return it back or repair it.. it could get worst.. i dun wanna live with a haunted card for the rest of my life..
a c 171 U Graphics card
March 9, 2011 7:28:17 PM

For starters, your power supply is not powerful enough. no way you should run that card on a 375w psu. also the psu may be faulty, have some old drying up capacitors in it and it proably cant put out its max power any more due to age. Get a new antec, corsair, seasonic or ocz 500w psu. You should be able to get a decent 500w antec earthwatts or eco neo for a good price.
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March 10, 2011 8:26:09 AM

i am experiencing fluctuations in voltage sometimes now adayz though... could be because of dat.. btw i have full confidence on the PSU it's 30A.
http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/gaming/f/3344/...


last night i tested the GPU via furmark (1min) and the score was 750+
@1280x1024
No AA
highest temp-- "69c"


i just had another test now and..

SCORE:699 points (11 FPS, 60000 ms)
Max GPU Temp: 65°C
Resolution: 1280x1024 (FS) - AA:0 samples
FPS: min:10, max:14, avg:11 - OPTIONS: DynBkg
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 (10DE-0615, 1 GPU)

Faced NO artifacts neither last night Nor today..

would a stabilizer solve the prob?
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2011 11:13:32 AM

The minimum recommended system power by nVidia for the GTS250 is 450....why would you run it at anything lower??

Anyways, the two most crucial components for any PC:
1. Good quality PSU. I do not have much faith in that PSU of yours, no matter what that link says! Would strongly recommend you get yourself at least a 500W Corsair or antec PSU. While 450 is the minimum power requirement for the GPU, you'll need power to supplement the rest of the rig too! Always keep a safe margin!

2.Good quality UPS: For those fluctuations/ power cuts

3. Decent Spike protector....don't need those unwarranted spikes reaching/ frying the rig!

People often underestimate the importance of these components. They'll spend top dollar while getting the hardware, but will settle for less than adequate quality safeguards.

Hope this helps...
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March 11, 2011 2:04:06 AM

hmm..

as far as PSU is concerned the official PSU requirement (450) is a margin itself for Over rated supplies like CM, while dell Underrate their PSUs people run 4870 on it @ stable. It depends on Amps off the rail,
A 500w 18A supply may not have enough juice as 375w 30A supply.

i don't face power outages but fluctuations so what i need is a decent "servo motor" stabilizer.

The real question infact is that does this seems to be a power issue or is it related to the GPU it self?
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 2:28:14 AM

most psus are rated at max peak wattage while dell rates at continuos wattage
a dell 375 is equal to most 450 aftemarkets easily
they are made by a respected psu company and relabeled by dell
also a the rest of the dell 745 draws low power
even with card doesnt draw more than about 300-325 at peak

with that said the op was playing for close to 3 hours!
almost has to be temp issue
use msi afterburner to show on screen display of temps while playing
in one minute of furmark you hit 69c
how hot do you think it was after hours of playing?

i have a 745
i added two fans (exhaust and intake) since Dell
sucks with their cooling
it is fine for office work or browsing at 68-70f room temps BUT
heavy gameplay for hours with a card like the 250
no dell didnt spec out their cooling for that :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 2:31:21 AM

remember electronics cool quick
by the time you got your case open most
components will be back to room temps

Also do you overclock the card?
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March 11, 2011 3:28:54 AM

king smp said:
remember electronics cool quick
by the time you got your case open most
components will be back to room temps

Also do you overclock the card?


Nice replies my friend, No every thing is @ stock.
i would put a fan to the vent.. good idea

hah sure i am using a corporate targeted pc to heavy gaming :kaola: 

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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 4:31:02 AM

I would definitley download MSI Afterburner
http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

you can use afterburner to show temps and Frame Per Second
on screen while playing a game

It would be a good idea to watch temps especially playing for 3 hours
if they get over 95-100c then you have to get a better cooling setup

also afterburner features a nice fan control feature if your card supports
it that lets you set the fan speed according to temps

if you have a pci slot not being used take the blank plate out to give better intake

with the 745 the way the pci-e slot is the fan from card blows into northbridge and
exhaust from cpu

on slim desktop you need to set up fan exausting from back of tower from vent
holes lined up with cpu exhaust



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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 5:59:07 AM

The GTS250 needs at least 24 amps on the 12v rail. the card alone will use 150w when under full stress.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 6:11:48 AM

a 375w psu with 30a on the 12v is not enough for a gts250, especially if it is a few years old. A lot of people think that dell use good psu's but theyre not that great. For a standard system your better off with a 450w good quality psu with that card. At least then you wont have to worry about maxing out the psu, it will be running in its "happy zone"
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March 11, 2011 8:47:06 AM

namelessonez said:
The GTS250 needs at least 24 amps on the 12v rail. the card alone will use 150w when under full stress.

already 30 A
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March 11, 2011 8:48:41 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
a 375w psu with 30a on the 12v is not enough for a gts250, especially if it is a few years old. A lot of people think that dell use good psu's but theyre not that great. For a standard system your better off with a 450w good quality psu with that card. At least then you wont have to worry about maxing out the psu, it will be running in its "happy zone"


as king smp said and as per my own experience this PSU is just like some good brand 450w PSU bcse it is underrated (dell)
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March 11, 2011 9:02:45 AM

king smp said:
I would definitley download MSI Afterburner
http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

you can use afterburner to show temps and Frame Per Second
on screen while playing a game

It would be a good idea to watch temps especially playing for 3 hours
if they get over 95-100c then you have to get a better cooling setup

also afterburner features a nice fan control feature if your card supports
it that lets you set the fan speed according to temps

if you have a pci slot not being used take the blank plate out to give better intake

with the 745 the way the pci-e slot is the fan from card blows into northbridge and
exhaust from cpu

on slim desktop you need to set up fan exausting from back of tower from vent
holes lined up with cpu exhaust


ive got a mini tower bro.
installed the msi burner and monitoring temps.
il let u know soon about the max.

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March 11, 2011 9:44:22 AM

1.5 hours of MW2 online MP @ ultra specs @ full FPS maxed out at "57c"
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a b U Graphics card
March 11, 2011 4:10:23 PM

I might keep an eye on the psu then
when did you get the psu?
i have the mini tower too and they came
with 280w standard so did you
swap out the supplies?
it should be enough to handle the system
but it could be failing
it would be good if you could measure volts
with my 745 though everest doesnt show voltages
like it did with my old dell

BTW if you swapped that in what dell part number is it?
that is a cool upgrade
i want to do it to mine
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March 12, 2011 7:57:31 AM

king smp said:
I might keep an eye on the psu then
when did you get the psu?
i have the mini tower too and they came
with 280w standard so did you
swap out the supplies?
it should be enough to handle the system
but it could be failing
it would be good if you could measure volts
with my 745 though everest doesnt show voltages
like it did with my old dell

BTW if you swapped that in what dell part number is it?
that is a cool upgrade
i want to do it to mine



yeah i sure played a nice game..
i had an XPS 400 with original dell 375w 30A PSU.. well known for it's power.
i had an agreement with a 745 vendor that i would take the 305w PSU from 745 and place it into XPS400 and would sell it.. i sold it mean while i placed the XPS 400 375w PSU to the vendor as a security.

both PSU are of identical physique :kaola: 

i got back to the 745 vendor and bought 745 from him with my 375w PSU :sol: 
that saved me some fortune because now there is no need to buy a new PSU for gaming :) 

i knew and i researched that this baby is enough till 4870
http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/gaming/f/3344/...

btw how could i measure the volts and exact amperage/ wattage the PSU is grinding?
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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2011 12:57:08 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
a 375w psu with 30a on the 12v is not enough for a gts250, especially if it is a few years old. A lot of people think that dell use good psu's but theyre not that great. For a standard system your better off with a 450w good quality psu with that card. At least then you wont have to worry about maxing out the psu, it will be running in its "happy zone"

Here's that psu running a GTX 460 and E6400

315 watts from the wall running Furmark & Prime

Here it is ( with a few modifications ) running a pair of 8800 512's and a PD 3.0

380 watts from the wall running Furmark ( SLI disabled ) & Prime

Both over 4 years old

If all you're doing is running power viruses you would wear the psu out, but since most people don't, it's enough for a GTS250.
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March 12, 2011 8:27:42 PM

delluser1 said:
Here's that psu running a GTX 460 and E6400
http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j351/contrvlr/SDC10358.jpg
315 watts from the wall running Furmark & Prime

Here it is ( with a few modifications ) running a pair of 8800 512's and a PD 3.0
http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j351/contrvlr/SDC10374.jpg
380 watts from the wall running Furmark ( SLI disabled ) & Prime

Both over 4 years old

If all you're doing is running power viruses you would wear the psu out, but since most people don't, it's enough for a GTS250.


ah sweet, i knew dell user1 would come up with some thing nice. indeed my friend i have confidence on dell too :) 

A GTX460.. u really squashed it up ;) 
and the The SLI setup :o  amazing

btw what do u mean by
'If all you're doing is running power viruses you would wear the psu out'

i am using the rig for gaming.. gaming as far as it can take

the rig is running pretty simple:
4x512 DDR2 SD @677
E6300
500GB (New) SATA 2
1XDrive
1xEVGA(New)GTS 250 512MB GDDR3
--Every Thingy @ stock--

--The GPU is brandnew and artifacts prob is unusual as per the HW setting--

I do face Power fluctuations now adays.. could be this
OR could be the GPU all along.

watcha say




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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2011 8:31:29 PM

if one of you get bored enough
could you measure out dimension of 375w psu?
the plug in plate would be the front
the label would be top of unit
i have the second biggest 745 (what dell calls desktop)
and it would be great if I could fit that PSU in

I had a Dell 360w in a Precision 450 from 2005
that ran 2 x ide hd,1 x scsi adapter with scsi hd,2 x dvd-rw,7600gs,soundcard,two extra fans and two Xeons and ran for years like that
actually still works no problem
I am just parting out.
I know Dell can suck sometimes but alot of their PSUs are awesome.

I have a OCd E4300,hd4650,dvdrw,asus soundcard,hd on a 280w
and not even working hard.
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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2011 8:35:33 PM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
ah sweet, i knew dell user1 would come up with some thing nice. indeed my friend i have confidence on dell too :) 

A GTX460.. u really squashed it up ;) 
and the The SLI setup :o  amazing

btw what do u mean by
'If all you're doing is running power viruses you would wear the psu out'

i am using the rig for gaming.. gaming as far as it can take

the rig is running pretty simple:
4x512 DDR2 SD @677
E6300
500GB (New) SATA 2
1XDrive
1xEVGA(New)GTS 250 512MB GDDR3
--Every Thingy @ stock--

--The GPU is brandnew and artifacts prob is unusual as per the HW setting--

I do face Power fluctuations now adays.. could be this
OR could be the GPU all along.

watcha say



I would wonder about the card
i have read many reviews about problems with 250
power hungry,run hot, driver issues

also sometimes Everest Home Edition Free will
show voltage readings on SOME Dells
though I had no luck on my 745 but worked great on precision 450

I know there are wattage readers that plug in the wall and will
tell total system power though I have never bought one
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a c 171 U Graphics card
March 12, 2011 10:09:04 PM

delluser1 said:
Here's that psu running a GTX 460 and E6400
http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j351/contrvlr/SDC10358.jpg
315 watts from the wall running Furmark & Prime

Here it is ( with a few modifications ) running a pair of 8800 512's and a PD 3.0
http://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j351/contrvlr/SDC10374.jpg
380 watts from the wall running Furmark ( SLI disabled ) & Prime

Both over 4 years old

If all you're doing is running power viruses you would wear the psu out, but since most people don't, it's enough for a GTS250.

:ouch:  well ill be damned, i would have expected that psu to blow up with sparks and smoke running 2 8800's. have you tried running that setup for a long period of time?
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March 13, 2011 9:13:28 PM

king smp said:
if one of you get bored enough
could you measure out dimension of 375w psu?
the plug in plate would be the front
the label would be top of unit
i have the second biggest 745 (what dell calls desktop)
and it would be great if I could fit that PSU in

I had a Dell 360w in a Precision 450 from 2005
that ran 2 x ide hd,1 x scsi adapter with scsi hd,2 x dvd-rw,7600gs,soundcard,two extra fans and two Xeons and ran for years like that
actually still works no problem
I am just parting out.
I know Dell can suck sometimes but alot of their PSUs are awesome.

I have a OCd E4300,hd4650,dvdrw,asus soundcard,hd on a 280w
and not even working hard.


hard luck dude. dimension PSU's are strong but bulky cant fit in a 745 as per my experience with dimension.
btw XPS400/ Dimension 9150/XPS410's PSU can fit in the 745 easily. As i did.
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March 13, 2011 9:20:08 PM

king smp said:
I would wonder about the card
i have read many reviews about problems with 250
power hungry,run hot, driver issues

also sometimes Everest Home Edition Free will
show voltage readings on SOME Dells
though I had no luck on my 745 but worked great on precision 450

I know there are wattage readers that plug in the wall and will
tell total system power though I have never bought one


actually GTS 250 seemed to be the best bang for buck as per gaming on this PSU @ stable. It is better than 4850. Some say better than GTS450 too, I don't know about 5770 but neither i know that it could run @ stable on this PSU.

I could change the GPU and throw more cash in vain (because the system is playing as required @ 1080 @ ultra @ nearly full FPS) but with what in these circumstances (without changing the PSU)??
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a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2011 9:42:34 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
:ouch:  well ill be damned, i would have expected that psu to blow up with sparks and smoke running 2 8800's. have you tried running that setup for a long period of time?

Nah, was just playing.

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a b U Graphics card
March 13, 2011 9:46:56 PM

king smp said:
if one of you get bored enough
could you measure out dimension of 375w psu?

~ 150w x 140d x 96h
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a c 171 U Graphics card
March 13, 2011 10:37:49 PM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
actually GTS 250 seemed to be the best bang for buck as per gaming on this PSU @ stable. It is better than 4850. Some say better than GTS450 too, I don't know about 5770 but neither i know that it could run @ stable on this PSU.

I could change the GPU and throw more cash in vain (because the system is playing as required @ 1080 @ ultra @ nearly full FPS) but with what in these circumstances (without changing the PSU)??

its faster than gts450 at stock clocks on some games only by a couple fps. the 5770 is more closer to a gtx260 in perfromance. http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics... sorry no chart for the gts 450
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a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2011 4:35:07 PM

dude get a new power supply, yeah by its specs it might have a chance of running properly but what you forget to consider is a degrading psu, the psu is sketch to begin with then add in the fact that its 2-3 years old. You can get a proper psu for around 50 bucks from a reputable name... just not a smart idea to be undervolting or having a lack of wattage or amps to any of your components
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March 15, 2011 8:33:09 PM

The PSU is not an issue here, I have complete confidence on the 375w dell 30A.. needs not to be advocated further.

i have also calculated the wattage required via Xtreme Outervision PSU calculator:
for GTS250--about 375w
for HD5770--about 370w

just an sketchy idea that HD5770 may consume even less power and may run stable as per current HW.. and so i am thinking of upgrading to XFX 1GB HD5770, i believe itl be better as per 40nm

any thoughts on this would be appreciated
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a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2011 10:06:22 PM

dell 375w psu is a fail, have fun with that hunk of junk, but seriously I would advise you to do otherwise, a 5770 will not work properly either, believe me I have tried to install them using dell psus even higher in wattage than 375 in the past to avail, also it sounds like your psu is dying but if you wanna try it and deal with the shortcomings then so be it.
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March 16, 2011 11:04:22 AM

jjb8675309 said:
dell 375w psu is a fail, have fun with that hunk of junk, but seriously I would advise you to do otherwise, a 5770 will not work properly either, believe me I have tried to install them using dell psus even higher in wattage than 375 in the past to avail, also it sounds like your psu is dying but if you wanna try it and deal with the shortcomings then so be it.


Dell User1 and KingSmp.. do u agree with this.
I can't say i do
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 11:27:27 AM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
Dell User1 and KingSmp.. do u agree with this.
I can't say i do

Comes a point when you just don't bother to listen to the naysayers anymore.
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2011 12:55:40 PM

yeah well choose to ignore me, and continue to have problem, have fun running your pos dell
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March 16, 2011 6:16:47 PM

common mate this is a positive discussion, the best tech forum of the globe, people need proofs here more then just mere suggestions u knw.

dell user 1 posted some pics.. u cant deny dat
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March 16, 2011 8:42:19 PM

delluser1 said:
Comes a point when you just don't bother to listen to the naysayers anymore.

ok so this one's specially for u mate.
I am planning to replace with this card
XFX HD5770 1GB GDDR5 128Bits
http://xfxforce.com/en-us/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID...

Would the Same 375w PSU (30A) all the way from XPS400 be able to run this card for Extensive gaming without any issues?
Btw I personally think it would since it is a new card (40nm) but since u have a better experience with dell so u may know better.
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March 17, 2011 8:13:59 PM

Just an update!,
The card (EVGA GTS250 512MB) Reached @ 70c Max during a 1.5-2 Hours gaming session (MW2 MP @ ultra specs @1050)

is it fine or what?
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March 21, 2011 10:23:32 AM

Mates i am confuse please advice me, Shall i sell the Card and Buy an XFX 5770 1GB GDDR5 later on.

it would cost me $50 or so to exchage
This GPU is not bad and i haven't faced artifacts since then but Furmark test for 1.67minutes (100000ms) Recorded Max temp of 72-73!

Besides 5770 is newer (40nm) and i hope would be cooler and stable @ PSU too.

Secondly since my chassis is dell Optiplex 745, It supports i converted a Dual video card to Single by replacing the Metal Plate on the DVI port, i was able to do that because the card had both DVI ports horizontally, whereas XFX HD5770 seem to have the posts Vertically, i may not be able to change the metal plates and unable to put it into Optiplex 745..

Please Expert advice ASAP i need to tackle this matter urgently.
thanks
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:26:40 AM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
hard luck dude. dimension PSU's are strong but bulky cant fit in a 745 as per my experience with dimension.
btw XPS400/ Dimension 9150/XPS410's PSU can fit in the 745 easily. As i did.


Thank you
I needed those model numbers
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:27:49 AM

delluser1 said:
~ 150w x 140d x 96h



thank you for your time
I appreciate it
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 6:32:25 AM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
Mates i am confuse please advice me, Shall i sell the Card and Buy an XFX 5770 1GB GDDR5 later on.

it would cost me $50 or so to exchage
This GPU is not bad and i haven't faced artifacts since then but Furmark test for 1.67minutes (100000ms) Recorded Max temp of 72-73!

Besides 5770 is newer (40nm) and i hope would be cooler and stable @ PSU too.

Secondly since my chassis is dell Optiplex 745, It supports i converted a Dual video card to Single by replacing the Metal Plate on the DVI port, i was able to do that because the card had both DVI ports horizontally, whereas XFX HD5770 seem to have the posts Vertically, i may not be able to change the metal plates and unable to put it into Optiplex 745..

Please Expert advice ASAP i need to tackle this matter urgently.
thanks


those temps depend on ambient temp of room but
gpus can go as high as 85-90 be ok
over 90c you have a problem
remember furmark stresses a card more than most games will

Can you link a picture to the card you are talking about so I can
get a visual?
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March 27, 2011 7:16:06 PM

king smp said:
those temps depend on ambient temp of room but
gpus can go as high as 85-90 be ok
over 90c you have a problem
remember furmark stresses a card more than most games will

Can you link a picture to the card you are talking about so I can
get a visual?


ur welcome mate :) .
The card is exactly like this but without HDMI or VGA but with dual DVI's


btw i just got a second blue screen of death while playing MW2 MP after a laggy Black ops.
this time the card was heated up too and so as the motherboard's heatsink and the PSU was warm too.
i think i am just gona return it for now
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 7:40:29 PM

xXXMK_DEATHANGELXXxx said:
ur welcome mate :) .
The card is exactly like this but without HDMI or VGA but with dual DVI's
http://img146.imageshack.us/content_round.php?page=done&l=img146/8346/gts250512mb3.jpg&via=mupload

btw i just got a second blue screen of death while playing MW2 MP after a laggy Black ops.
this time the card was heated up too and so as the motherboard's heatsink and the PSU was warm too.
i think i am just gona return it for now



do you have minitower or desktop model (minitower is biggest 745 desktop is second biggest)?

I think I would return the card too

I think you are better off with a 5770 or 5670 but that is only my humble opinion
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2011 7:50:17 PM

jjb8675309 said:
yeah well choose to ignore me, and continue to have problem, have fun running your pos dell


Funny you have a Dell monitor......
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March 28, 2011 5:26:32 AM

king smp said:
do you have minitower or desktop model (minitower is biggest 745 desktop is second biggest)?

I think I would return the card too

I think you are better off with a 5770 or 5670 but that is only my humble opinion


I like ur opinion fellow, infact i am on the way to the store
the only thing that I am curious about right now is the compatibility of either XFX HD4870 OR XFXHD5770 512MB (which i plan to buy against it)

1)PSU support for each.. will the same dell xps400 375w 30A PSU be enough or would fail?
2)Heat issue
3)Case compatibility (HD5770 is vertical dual DVI which makes it impossible to be converted into single slot whereas HD4870 is a horizontal dual DVI card which can easily be converted into a single slot.. however Minitower 745 only supports a single slot card.. :(  It may be possible to cut or modify the slots of the chasis to be able place a dual slot card in that.. but i don't know how :heink:  :heink:  )

kingsmp and delluser1 since u guyz have a good idea of dell Optiplex 745 Minitower's compatibility (chassis) and about the real stenths and capability of the XPS400 375w 30A PSU..
i think u might clarify me about these points please.
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a b U Graphics card
March 28, 2011 5:41:14 AM

Honestly it is hard to say on PSU issue
I havent done it myself
I do know that I have run cards that supposedly shouldnt have on Dell PSUs
I would say the 375w in good shape is equal to about a 450w
It also matters what other devices you are powering with the PSU
HDs,Opticals,other cards,
also if you OC the card it increases power draw so that is a factor

I am going to try a HD5670 on my 280w but I am a little nervous about it

My HD4650 is top draw about 60w
A pcie slot with no power connector (PCI-E power alone) is 75watts
I oc my HD4650 so it has to be close to 70w draw
That is on a 280w psu
with
1 hd,1 optical,i audio card,1 OC'd E4300,two extra fans,external USB hard drive,usb ReadyBoost drive,data jump drive

I tell you that so you can get a approximation

Keep checking out other HD5770 cards
Different manafacturers will vary from referenced card
so ports may be different
I have a Desktop 745 so I am not much help there
I am confined to single slot low profile cards :) 
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March 28, 2011 6:55:07 PM

king smp said:
Honestly it is hard to say on PSU issue
I havent done it myself
I do know that I have run cards that supposedly shouldnt have on Dell PSUs
I would say the 375w in good shape is equal to about a 450w
It also matters what other devices you are powering with the PSU
HDs,Opticals,other cards,
also if you OC the card it increases power draw so that is a factor

I am going to try a HD5670 on my 280w but I am a little nervous about it

My HD4650 is top draw about 60w
A pcie slot with no power connector (PCI-E power alone) is 75watts
I oc my HD4650 so it has to be close to 70w draw
That is on a 280w psu
with
1 hd,1 optical,i audio card,1 OC'd E4300,two extra fans,external USB hard drive,usb ReadyBoost drive,data jump drive

I tell you that so you can get a approximation

Keep checking out other HD5770 cards
Different manafacturers will vary from referenced card
so ports may be different
I have a Desktop 745 so I am not much help there
I am confined to single slot low profile cards :) 


i am confident that ur very right about the PSU my friend.
ive got a simple @ stock setup.. i never OC
ive got 1 hd,1 optical, and every thing @ stock, nothing extra except the GPU
i know there might be a way to cut out the chasis and make slot adjustments but i am searching the simplest way to do that or may be i can just get an HD4870.. is a PSU sucker though :( ..

it might be also possible to get the older part made of EVGA GTS250 again, this one..
http://img69.imageshack.us/i/evgageforcegts25002.jpg/

i think and many of my friends say that packed card like this have a good ventilation, if the vendor replace my card with this one i might give it a test too..

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