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December 3, 2011 12:55:04 AM

Hello,
I have a dell 531 slim .I think Ive looked through every thread on here.Ive come to the conclusion that I might just put a 550w power supply(20$) and a radeon 5770 (70$) In and leave the case side off and the PSU outside instead of shelling out $120-150 on a low profile card thats less powerful and 50 bucks for a 300w tfx PSU.Is this doable? Thanx

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a c 116 ) Power supply
December 3, 2011 1:31:15 AM

Not exactly practical, but with some metal work, do-able. The face of the card won't fit the short expansion slots, so you'll have to modify the back of the case. And a $20 550W PSU will probably give you your money's worth... and no more.

You might want to consider a step down if you don't game at hi resolution.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 3, 2011 1:49:02 AM

Spend 30 bucks more on cheap case and just migrate it over...
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December 3, 2011 4:05:57 AM

get cooler master 310 or any similar case to fit ur components in case leaving the side cover off will not be good for temperatures and you might end up damaging the card and running a psu out side case can be dangerous.
a c 273 ) Power supply
December 3, 2011 12:42:30 PM

$20 is not going to buy you a reliable psu btw.
Keep your case and buy this psu and a pci powered gpu.(6670)@$100
SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Otherwise as suggested move to a new case @$40 buys something decent these days.
Look to spend at @$40-50 on a quality psu that will power a 5770/6770.
a c 116 ) Power supply
December 3, 2011 2:29:56 PM

davcon said:
$20 is not going to buy you a reliable psu btw.
Keep your case and buy this psu and a pci powered gpu.(6670)@$100
SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Otherwise as suggested move to a new case @$40 buys something decent these days.
Look to spend at @$40-50 on a quality psu that will power a 5770/6770.

Dang. Wish I'd have seen that PSU back when I had my HTPC. Wiht 2 +12V rails @ 18A each, it's not too bad for its size. I see they also make a 350W model with a single +12V rail @ 29A. I wonder if one of those cables is a PCIe power cable?
a c 273 ) Power supply
December 3, 2011 2:39:09 PM

clutchc said:
Dang. Wish I'd have seen that PSU back when I had my HTPC. Wiht 2 +12V rails @ 18A each, it's not too bad for its size. I see they also make a 350W model with a single +12V rail @ 29A. I wonder if one of those cables is a PCIe power cable?

You'd have to move up to this model if you want a 6 pin pcie.
Seasonic SS-400ET
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=30145&vpn=SS%2D400ET&m...
Obviously doesn't fit a slim case though.ATX
a c 116 ) Power supply
December 3, 2011 3:17:34 PM

Ahhh... I knew there'd be a catch.
December 4, 2011 3:31:16 PM

So I did the mod (and its a used high end 20 dollar PSU by the way blue LEDs good amps on the 12v etc)
Bought the parts off Craigslist vid card too good deal.Running great with HD monitor.
Running E.scrolls Skyrim on high. Soon I will just move it all to another case.Just had to take the little connector plate off the back of the card.
Heres a list of the latest low profile cards by the way for any one looking... http://www.squidoo.com/best-low-profile-video-graphics-...
You can find most of these on pricewatch.com thnx for the help peeps!
a c 248 ) Power supply
December 4, 2011 3:45:07 PM

There is no such thing as a high end 20 dollar PSU, blue LEDs merely make it shiny not good. More crappy units have glowy fans than good units. I would be very careful about running on a $20 PSU for an extended period of time.


Glad that the case mod worked so you can use your system, just do pay attention if things start behaving weird, the PSU may die.
a c 116 ) Power supply
December 4, 2011 4:19:31 PM

hunter315 said:
There is no such thing as a high end 20 dollar PSU, blue LEDs merely make it shiny not good. More crappy units have glowy fans than good units. I would be very careful about running on a $20 PSU for an extended period of time.


Glad that the case mod worked so you can use your system, just do pay attention if things start behaving weird, the PSU may die.

I think he is saying it is a 'high end' PSU that he bought used for $20. It might indeed be a good PSU... or not.
December 4, 2011 10:47:02 PM

hehe yes "used' being key here."high end" maybe a bit strong but its decent dual rails, yes a bit flashy.I dloaded Speedfan to check temps on everything also. running cool.
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