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December 27, 2011 3:30:13 PM

Hello,
I'm new here so please tell me if I've posted this in the wrong category, thanks. I'm Dutch so sorry if i spelled anything wrong.

I'm looking for a better graphics card, currently a G45/G43 express chipset.
I have a Dell studio 540, can I use a ATI radeon HD 4870 with my motherboard, if so, can I use crossfire or anything similair?
My specs are:
Dell studio 540
Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset
Pentium Dual-Core E5200 @2.50 GHz
4GB RAM
PSU: 350W
Motherboard: 0M017G
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 5:45:36 PM

Hey Dutchie.

You could use the 4870. What do you want to do with it, play games ?

You can't sli btw, your psu is to weak.

The best card you could have with that psu is a HD6670.
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 5:53:04 PM

Aaah, stupid slow internet at my work :fou: 

I meant NO you can't use the 4870 your psu is to weak.
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December 27, 2011 6:08:00 PM

Stupid psu, well, which graphics card should I buy? Or should i buy a better psu, and then a better graphics card? I want to play games on my pc, like team fortress 2, without having to cope with 5/15 fps.
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 6:22:19 PM

I think with that cpu you can't get much higher than the 6670, maybe a 6770 or a GTX460, though with the last one you really have to oc the cpu. For those last two cards you should upgrade the psu to a good 500W one.
December 27, 2011 7:28:27 PM

mmm...ok, what is the best card available if i don't upgrade my psu?
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 7:56:03 PM

Euh, your mobo doesn't have a pcie x16 slot i just saw, only a pci-e x1. Is that correct, do you know anything about that ?
Don't know much of those slots i'm afraid.
December 27, 2011 8:11:56 PM

I have one PCIe x16,two PCIe x1, and one PCI in my pc.
You can see it on Dell's site (google my pc and click on the first non advertisal link =P).
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 8:21:51 PM

Ok, thought so, only when i google the mobo it shows otherwise. When i google 0M017G A00 though i see it has x16. Weird.

The HD6670 would be best within the limits of your psu, only thing is sometimes a 2.1 gpu isn't compatible with a pci-e 1.0 mobo and i'm not sure which version you have ; a 1.0, 1.1 or 2.0.

Maybe download gpu-z and see what that says.
December 28, 2011 6:35:47 AM

This is what gpu-z says:
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 10:42:13 AM

Euh . . yeah . . . Cheesy smile . . . That ain't helping much. :lol:  It only states the slot when it has a pci-e card in it i assume, otherwise it means you don't have a pci-e slot ??? Bit puzzeld now.

I'll try to find out what version you have.
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 11:13:36 AM

I give up.

Every site i find with that specific mobo doesn't say anything about a pci x16.

Maybe someone else can confirm ?
December 28, 2011 11:52:33 AM

I've made this picture of my motherboard:

I hope this helps a bit, I'm certanly not an expert on this area so I'm glad you help me.
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 12:23:54 PM

Yeah, that's a pci-e slot, but from the picture you can't tell which version and at what speed it runs.
If you had the 0M017G in stead of the MO17G it would have been simple, i did read an other thread about that one and an expert adviced a 2.1 card, but that was a mobo with a quad core so maybe not the same as yours.

Easiest would be if you had some friend with a 2.1 card you could try. ( you don't live close to Vlissingen i suppose ? )

Anyway, i have to be off to my job now, i'll look when i'm there if i can find a solid answer. A shame nobody else here seems to know . . .
December 28, 2011 12:33:14 PM

I live in a village near Leiden (1 hour and 48 minutes from vlissingen)
I've downloaded a program called performance test 7, that program says I have a 0M017G after all, instead of the M017G I said earlier.
December 28, 2011 4:22:07 PM

Ok, what graphics card do you recommend? I've got a budget of 90 euros (75 pound). What is better: buying a 90 euro graphics card (no need to upgrade my psu), or buying a graphics card and a new psu (card+psu=90 euro).
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 5:08:37 PM

You never find a good psu and gpu for 90 euro.

Hd6670 is probably the best choice for your psu / cpu.

Look here maybe ; http://www.4launch.nl/shop/#p-3-zoekterm-hd6670

Don't look at what they state there that you need a 450W supply, it's allways overstated and Dell psu's are pretty good so it will run.

That site states btw that the card will work with a 1.0 slot so if you do have a 1.0 and it doesn't work you should be able to send it back i think. ;) 
December 28, 2011 6:08:42 PM

ok, thanks for the look up ;) , do you have any good/bad experiences with 4launch?
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 6:21:21 PM

Except for giving bad advices, no. I have bought my latest psu there, they reccomended a Cooler Master GX750. I didn't know much of psu's back then, otherwise i wouldn't have choose CM.
Also, when you do have a problem or question it's handeld by a lot of different people, i guess they have some kind of homenetwork of students or something answering.
But if you now what you want and now what is ok it is one of the cheapest sites i found so far, though not much cheaper than Alternate, you can also look there. Or maybe Saturn, don't know anything about them, only that they advertice on tv so probably not as cheap as 4launch.
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 6:22:41 PM

Put a k for the 2 now's in the last sentence . . . :pfff: 
December 28, 2011 6:39:44 PM

Saturn and Alternate are more expensive, I've ordered the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 by 4launch. Thanks in advance :p 
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 28, 2011 6:48:07 PM

Good luck and happy gaming (?).
December 29, 2011 2:24:01 PM

Thank you :) 
a c 104 U Graphics card
December 29, 2011 2:29:03 PM

Anytime, please tell later when you have it if it works.
December 29, 2011 2:44:54 PM

Ok, I'll do that.
January 6, 2012 1:15:40 PM

I've installed the graphics card in my computer (it fitted). I installed the drivers and I notice a big difference while I'm gaming. But, when I started the pc for a second time, it showed a amber light, indicating that their is a problem with the power supply. I removed a wifi-card (which I don't actually need) and now the computer starts without problems. This shows me that I'm really close to the maximum performance of my psu, is this good or bad for my system?
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 1:21:48 PM

asdv said:
I've installed the graphics card in my computer (it fitted). I installed the drivers and I notice a big difference while I'm gaming. But, when I started the pc for a second time, it showed a amber light, indicating that their is a problem with the power supply. I removed a wifi-card (which I don't actually need) and now the computer starts without problems. This shows me that I'm really close to the maximum performance of my psu, is this good or bad for my system?

Bad, time to invest in a new PSU.
a c 104 U Graphics card
January 7, 2012 7:48:15 PM

Sorry to hear that. Really a shame. Probably old age than acting up. The 6670 should work fine with 350W. Like MM says, time to save up for an other psu i'm afraid.
You could buy my 1 year used, old 450W one for 15 bucks or so if you don't have enough money for a better one.
June 4, 2012 10:41:06 AM

I have the exact same setup as the First post, and I was wondering if anyone else could comfirm whether or not a 6670 would work on a 350W PSU.

Also, what 400-450W PSU could fit inside the Dell Studio 540 mini-tower?
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