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Will a GeForce 7900 GTX work on my system?

Hey everyone I was currently looking at upgrading my graphics card because my computer is 5 years old now and I am experiencing some artifict with my games (SCII and Portal 2 for some). This also included some graphics failing just prior to a crash. I cleaned out my box of all dust and it improved it slightly, but not 100%. I'm pretty sure my card is just not powerful enough and I'm really worried because when i monitor the Temp using NVidia software it says its peaking at 110C during games, which i Know is its limit. I think my card is just not powerful enough and stressed.

I currently have an NVidia 7900 GS and was looking to upgrade to either the NVidia 9500 GT or the NVidia 7900 GTX. I am confident my system will run the 9500 GT fine, but was wondering if it could handle the 7900 GTX. My Max power supply is 375 W and the 7900 GTX recommends 400 W (but i have seen places that say 350-400W). Thanks!

PS I play video games socially, but I still like them to look semi good and at least run properly without artifact. My budget is $100 or less about right now (I've found both cards online for less). If you can think of a better card for me please let me know!

Comp Specs:

Manufacturer : Dell XPS DXPO51
Mainboard : Dell 0FJ030
Chipset : Intel 945P
Processor : Intel Pentium XE 940 @ 3200MHz
Physical Memory : 4096MB (4 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS
Hard Disk : Seagate ST3320633AS (320GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : Toshiba-Samsung DVD-ROM TS-H352C
DVD-Rom Drive : Optiarc DVD+-RW ND-3570A
DVD-Rom Drive : JW5836D HUD482O
Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL 1704FPT - 17 inches
Monitor Type : Dell Computer DELL E207WFP - 20 inches
Network Card : Intel PRO/1000 PL Network Connection
Network Card : Ralink Technology RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional Media Center 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
DirectX : Version 9.0c (April 2009)
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  1. Do you have the stock power supply or have you updated it? If you have a good PSU then it will work but it is highly recommended to upgrade your PSU.
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    Don't know where you're shopping but you can do better than a 7900 GTX
    9800 GT
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6820707&CatId=3670

    Greater performance, lower cost and will work with your psu.
  3. ^Agreed. The 7900 is far too outdated by now.
  4. shreejan86 said:
    Do you have the stock power supply or have you updated it? If you have a good PSU then it will work but it is highly recommended to upgrade your PSU.


    No it is the stock and like a I mentioned it says max is 375W. I was told my computer is kinda of old and to not waste my money upgrading both my card and my PSU. So I figured Id but an upgrade but obviously not the best product out there.
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  6. delluser1 said:
    Don't know where you're shopping but you can do better than a 7900 GTX
    9800 GT
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6820707&CatId=3670

    Greater performance, lower cost and will work with your psu.


    oh wow!!! Thank you that is prefect! I was looking at that card earlier but the NVidia site said it required 400W but this one is 350W thanks so much!
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