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Upgrade Video Card/Power Supply?

Hi Folks,
I have a Vostro 230 (mini tower) and it just has integrated video, but I would like better performance than that for games. I am looking to spend less than $100 on the video card. I don't need premium performance, but I would like to have games run at a reasonable frame rate. I have a 24" LCD panel running at 1920 x whatever. Anyway, I have been looking into video cards and I haven't found one with decent performance that will run on my 300w PSU.

1) Is there such a thing as a decent card that will run on my existing PSU?

2) If not, can you recommend a quality PSU upgrade (450w/500w?) that will fit in my Vostro mini tower that won't break the bank?

So, as usual, I want as much performance as I can get without spending a lot of money :-)

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.

TB
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  1. Check out the following:

    GeForce GT 440
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html

    &

    For ati: the min. psu you need is a 400W
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5450-overview/Pages/hd-5450-overview.aspx#3

    I’m thinking of getting ati HD6850 my self..Hope this helps;

    Shilen.
  2. Best answer
    What are your full system specs?(CPU/RAM/Mobo/etc.)

    Do you happen to know the make/model of your power supply? How many amps are on the 12/v rail?

    You could get a 5570,which would be an improvement, but at your resoultion it will put a lot of strain on it.I think it would be best to save up some more money to buy a power supply and a better grapihcs card.At your budget level and your current power supply you don't really have a lot of options.
  3. Best answer selected by TortoiseBoy.
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