Hello! Happy Holidays! Hi! I have a Dell Studio 540 and I want to upgrade the graphics card/PSU or/and whatever is necessary to make it work to do a few things. First, I would like to play a few games like online shooters such as Combat Arms or even Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But more importantly, I need to make sure it runs the entire Adobe Master Collection Suite such as Premiere Pro and After Effects with Hi-Res Photoshop files and Illustrator. Anyhow, Ill post the specs of what I currently have which would help answer my questions:
1. What is the best graphics card I can get without changing the PSU and of course be compatible with the rest of what I have (motherboard/ram/psu)? How much better would that graphics card be than the one I currently have and is it worth the upgrade in your opinion and why? (Keep in mind that I do want to run those CPU extensive programs and play some games/ upgrade to a Full HD monitor maybe in the future)
2. If I were to change the PSU to higher watt one, how much better of a graphics card would I be able to get? How much would it cost? Is it worth an upgrade in your opinion? Would it fit into my current chassis (Dell Studio 540: I believe its a mini-tower)? If I were to get a PSU that was slightly better which means it would cost about 80-100 dollars I believe, then is it worth the upgrade of the graphics card?
Also, I can put in my own PSU and RAM and hard disks, but I have never put in a graphics card. Im pretty tech savvy, but more in the software department than hardware, but Im still confident I can do things like this. however, is installing a graphics too complicated that it requires me to get a professional to help me and that would introduce new costs, so I should take that into consideration as well.
Anyhow, I was thinking of spending 150-200 dollars, but dont take this into consideration really. Please just tell me the graphics cards that would be compatible with the PSU and also some graphics cards that would require me to get a new power supply but one that would fit into my chassis. (This is basically a summary of my more detailed questions above)
Once again Happy Holidays to all! Hope you are in your good health and are happy
Here are my current specs to help with my questions:
Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
Also, if i do upgrade whats the best graphics card I could get with that PSU ^ (or something similar like it) BUT that is ALSO compatible with my motherboard and other peripherals?
EDIT: I don't necessarily need to have the PSU in my chassis, do I? I mean isnt it alright if its next to it? Or would the wires be too short to be able to attach to the motherboard/hard disks and so on? And to be honest this does look weird actually.
Btw, would one of these ^ PSU's work with my computer and would they fit in my chassis? Also, do you guys any different suggestions as to PSU and graphics? Also could you please provide links where I can get them.
Also I decided that I don't wanna spend too much. Like 200 dollars on both PSU/graphics card. Ill adjust ofc. Like 230 dollars is still fine. Something like that.
2. I plan on going to the store to purchase rather than ordering online, but I will if its best. So for now I have these PSU and graphics card in mind:
PSU 600Watt http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Builder+CX600+ATX...
To robjordy: You gave me a link to what seems to me the exact same PSU but 500 Watts, so I found one for 600Watts with the same dimensions as to fit into my chassis. Do you think the one I have posted right now is fine? Or should I definitely get the Corsair 500 instead from the link you gave me?
You weren't rude, only impatience and i can understand that, i always am myself.
The 500W is 30 bucks now with rebate and promo. With the 460 you don't need 600W only if you want the psu to be futureproof because you want to upgrade everything in the future and get a high end card you need 600W or more.
To be sure if it fits upload a photo of the inside of your case, but i did read someone put a gtx275 in it and those are pretty big also i believe.
You could pay 10 bucks more for the oc version but you can do that easily yourself and save the money, and yes ; your link is the same one as the newegg one.