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Dell E521 Graphics Card update

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August 27, 2011 2:49:19 PM

I am wondering if my dell e521 can run a new graphics card, i am wanting to update the graphics card to a
Sapphire Ati Radeon HD 5450 PCI-E Graphics Card - 1GB

I currently have an NVidia Geforce 7300 LE

Also i am going to update the Ram from 2gb to 4gb to improve the performance.
August 27, 2011 2:52:57 PM

robbedlewis said:
I am wondering if my dell e521 can run a new graphics card, i am wanting to update the graphics card to a
Sapphire Ati Radeon HD 5450 PCI-E Graphics Card - 1GB

I currently have an NVidia Geforce 7300 LE

Also i am going to update the Ram from 2gb to 4gb to improve the performance.


Here is the dell documentation http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/e...
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August 27, 2011 4:59:56 PM

Your system has a 305w power supply (PSU) and the recommended minumum PSU for the 5450 is 400w. It might actually work, but I would not recommend it. You should upgrade the PSU first.

For more information about power supplies for video cards, see the middle of this page:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/criteria.html

A good PSU upgrade option for the HD 5450 would be this one:

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-400 400W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $40AR with free shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I recommend spending $10 more to get its 620w big brother that would enable running mainstream gaming video cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note that the HD 5450 is for general computer use such as office applications and movie and video viewing but not for 3D gaming. The site linked above for power supply information also has other pages about gaming and non-gaming video cards you might want to peruse.

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August 29, 2011 7:44:28 PM

What games do you play exactly? And what is your operating system? 32-bit or 64-bit?
September 4, 2011 5:41:55 PM

dejayXYX said:
What games do you play exactly? And what is your operating system? 32-bit or 64-bit?


I am running 32 bit windows vista and i want to play games likes the elder scrolls iv and minecraft etc
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