Power supply upgrade help

Hello,
I'm looking to upgrade my current 300W power supply to at least a 500W one so I can get a a decent graphics card. I have a Gateway (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113119). I'm new to all this and I've heard getting the wrong power supply can damage a computer. Can anyone recommend one that is compatible and fairly inexpensive? Thank you.
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  1. That looks to be a standar mid-tower system case, which makes fitting a PSU easy.

    500 watts is good, but 600 is better. I'll recommend a 500 watter through.

    Currently, 15% off with code, and a $10 rebate. Cost : $60

    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified High Performance Gaming Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139033
  2. What card are you looking to put in?
  3. I was thinking maybe an Nvidia GTX 460 or GTX 550 Ti. Something like that. I'm open to any suggestions...
  4. DreDayAB said:
    Hello,
    I'm looking to upgrade my current 300W power supply to at least a 500W one so I can get a a decent graphics card. I have a Gateway (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113119). I'm new to all this and I've heard getting the wrong power supply can damage a computer. Can anyone recommend one that is compatible and fairly inexpensive? Thank you.

    A good 500W PSU will handle most modern GPUs...most. What graphics card are you wanting to use in the system? The GPU that your going to use will largely influence the PSU that should be recommended. For a list of recommended PSUs you can also check the thread in my signature.
  5. The HD6850 is $130 after rebate...I would go for it over either the 460 or 550ti. A good 500W PSU will handle any of the GPUs you are considering.

    A couple of possibilities:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061
  6. Thanks all. I definitely take a look at all those and see what works well for my budget. I appreciate all the advice.
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