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March 14, 2011 12:08:57 AM

I'm looking for a GPU for 2 different Dell systems. They both have the stock 350 Watt PSU and both are used for light gaming. The gaming is logic, match 3, word games etc. vs "Tour of Duty". At first I didn't think I'd need any but after the systems grounding to a halt and a test of an older GPU helping, I find that I'm wrong.

I've looked at the best cards for "$" and under, and the hierarchy, but am a loss at which to begin looking for since the PSUs are stock and I don't think that the cost of a new one is really necessary for the light gaming that is done. Do you agree?

Can you suggest the highest capability GPUs for such a PSU? I'd like to stay under or around $100.

If I've missed the PSU needs of the cards suggested, or just didn't know what to "infer" it from, please let me know.

Thanks!

System 1: dell Inspiron 530 Core 2 Duo 2.3 with Radeon x1650
System 2: dell Studio 435MT i7 920 2.67 with loaned GEForce GT220 1GB DDR2

Both systems are used for digital photography as well as research and multiple office apps. The 2nd needs to scan 1000's of family slides....

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March 14, 2011 12:12:52 AM

Don't you have the name or series of the Dell systems?
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March 14, 2011 12:58:58 AM

I've edited my original post to include that information now.
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March 14, 2011 1:52:18 AM

Your PSU can easily handle a HD 5670.

And should also be able to handle a HD 5750 if you can find one for under $100. But nothing more than that due to increased power consumption.
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March 14, 2011 10:03:55 AM

Yup, HD5670 or GT240 is the one you want to get for 350W DELL PSU. :) 
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March 14, 2011 4:21:13 PM

Thanks everyone!
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March 15, 2011 3:21:07 PM

artesian79 said:
I'm looking for a GPU for 2 different Dell systems. They both have the stock 350 Watt PSU and both are used for light gaming. The gaming is logic, match 3, word games etc. vs "Tour of Duty". At first I didn't think I'd need any but after the systems grounding to a halt and a test of an older GPU helping, I find that I'm wrong.

I've looked at the best cards for "$" and under, and the hierarchy, but am a loss at which to begin looking for since the PSUs are stock and I don't think that the cost of a new one is really necessary for the light gaming that is done. Do you agree?

Can you suggest the highest capability GPUs for such a PSU? I'd like to stay under or around $100.

If I've missed the PSU needs of the cards suggested, or just didn't know what to "infer" it from, please let me know.

Thanks!

System 1: dell Inspiron 530 Core 2 Duo 2.3 with Radeon x1650
System 2: dell Studio 435MT i7 920 2.67 with loaned GEForce GT220 1GB DDR2

Both systems are used for digital photography as well as research and multiple office apps. The 2nd needs to scan 1000's of family slides....


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I have a XPS 435MT with I7-920 2.67G as well! I just upgraded it last weekend with a Corsair 750 HX modular cabling system power supply ($128 after rebate) (note: I do not want unneeded cables inside the PC to slow down airflow and ventilation). I've also put in a new Sapphire HD 6870 graphic card ($169.99 after rebate). Both new upgrades work beautifully for me now! If you want to upgrade your XPS 435MT for digitial photography, it is imperative that you have a good graphic card. I encourgage you to spend a little bit more for a much better and faster system since you have I7-920 technology in your computer. You may see my product reviews and XPS 435MT upgrade instructions at Amazon.com
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March 23, 2011 7:39:00 PM

Best answer selected by artesian79.
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