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Trying to upgrade old system with a new GPU and powersupply

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May 5, 2012 4:31:38 PM

Hey all.
Im trying to upgrade my brothers old system, just to give it alittle more of a boost. Im not trying to turn it into a gaming monster, i just want it to run most games like diablo3 and world of warcraft at medium or so settings. here is the stats of this old rig:

Emachines
ET1810-03r
windows 7 64-bit
Intel pentium processor e2210
320GB HDD
3GB DDR2 ram
powersupply: Delta DPS-250-AB-22 E 250W



the power supply is horribly low on W. So here is my main question: The videocard i want to put in it is: Geforce GTX 460 1Gb. The PC has a PCI slot. The recommended Powersupply for this card is 450-500W, i dont know how accurate that is. I need to know What type of Power supply i need, What size i need and how many Watts it needs to be. I plan on putting it in on my own for the first time so, any other tips would be highly appreciated too. Thanks all.

-Dave










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May 5, 2012 4:46:08 PM

I'm not sure if you made a typo when you said the Pc has a Pci slot but you do need a Pci-e slot. Also what style is the case , is it a mini-tower , mid-tower or a slim case. It does matter if it's a slim case because the power supplies that are made for that are specificly for a slim case.
If you have a tower style case then you could get a 500w or 550w or 600w for a relitivly low enough price so as to not make the upgrade too expensive.

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $10 rebate that makes the final price $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1361-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$144.99 and a $25 rebate that makes the final price $119.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you went with these two parts for the upgrade then your final cost would be $180 , so I don't know what your budget is since you didn't list one and I don't know if this is within the budget but you can certianly look for other bargans and lower wattage power supplies.
May 5, 2012 7:53:55 PM

Hi thanks for the reply! im pretty sure its a pci-e slot. To me it looks like the standard slot used for video cards, the same as mine which holds an hd radeon 6850. as for the case, im not too sure. It seems like ur average tower so i would say its a mid-tower. Is there anyway u could look it up and see. I need to know the exact type of power supply i need to get to hook my bro up
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May 5, 2012 8:09:45 PM

Ok i looked up the computer model and i verified it is definately a midtower size. So what power supply should i get that fits? how many Watts should it be? and will it be safe to have extra power in it? plus on this tower the power supply is located on the top. i dont know if that makes any difference?

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May 5, 2012 8:17:03 PM
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If the price is ok with you then the power supply that is in my earlier post would be a good choice. If not then drop down to the next model but you will only be saving $10 and dropping 100w down to 500w and a price of $49.99.

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

It makes no difference that the location is at the top of the case and yes it's ok to have extra power because you will only use it if it's needed.
May 5, 2012 10:07:10 PM

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