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Radeon hd 6770 on a 360W Dell power supply

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October 7, 2011 11:02:23 AM

Just looking for advice on if a Radeon hd 6770 will be safe to run on my 360W Dell PSU. My 4850 died, and I need a decent replacement until I try to build my first system in 1-2 years.

I'm going back and forth between going to a even better card and replacing the PSU, but I'm concerned about the cooling in my Dell case. It only has one 80mm fan on the back. Any advice?
October 7, 2011 11:26:53 AM

Also, specs if they help...

<<< System Summary >>>
> Mainboard : Dell 0R849J
> Chipset : Intel X58
> Processor : Intel Core i7 920 @ 2666MHz
> Physical Memory : 8192MB
> Video Card : ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
> Hard Disk : Western Digital WD6400AAKS-75A7B2 ATA Device (640GB)
> Hard Disk : WD 5000AAC External (500GB)
> DVD-Rom Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH30N
> Monitor Type : PL1900-BK - 19 inches
> Network Card : Intel 82567LF-2 Gigabit Network Connection
> Operating System : Windows (TM) Vista Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.00.6002 Service Pack 2 (64-bit)
> DirectX : Version 11.00
> Windows Performance Index : 5.9 on 5.9
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 5:40:05 PM

It wil run with that psu, but a i7 920 is worth a better card than a 6770 imo. Depends on if you wanne game with it, if so i would buy a nice 500W psu from Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic and put a HD6870, GTX560Ti or even a HD6950 in it. ( if your gonne upgrade in 1-2 years the 560Ti is the best choice i think.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 5:41:54 PM

Btw if you gonne built a high end system over 1-2 years maybe better get a 750W if you wanne sli or crossfire in the future.
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October 7, 2011 7:32:24 PM

Thanks for the good advice (again). Do you think my cooling is good enough to run one of those upper tier cards you mentioned?
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a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 7:36:46 PM

I shouldn't talk because i use a test bench. But i would get like 1 or 2 120 mm fans. Depending on your case....
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 7:36:50 PM

Depends, do you have a case fan blowing hot air out ( or cool air in ) ?
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October 7, 2011 7:47:46 PM

It blows out hot air. I need to go home and look if the darn thing even has another place for an additional fan.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 7:55:55 PM

I have about the same system as yours. Mine also has a cpu ventilator with a big round thing on it ( can't think of the English term :??:  ) going to the side of the case so it gets cold air from the outside. Also 1 fan blowing air out. I have a 560ti soc which get's pretty hot but without problems for other components. I checked the temps inside a couple of times and it was ok.
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October 7, 2011 7:59:03 PM

I believe I have some sort of fan sucking in from the front-side vent as well. I will have to double check it. If I do have that, I think i'll go with your suggestion of the 560ti. Thanks again for helping a newbie.
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October 7, 2011 8:07:51 PM

Best answer selected by nebraskadan.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 7, 2011 8:12:57 PM

Anytime. :) 
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October 7, 2011 8:37:32 PM

get a gts 450 or a gtx 550 ti and buy a 500w psu make sure it has all the connection you need and/or get a gtx 260 it is still a upgrade
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