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Will the nvidia geforce gtx550 run on a 300 watt pwer supply

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May 18, 2012 7:26:29 PM


can the nvidia geforce gtx550 run on a 300 watt pwer supply?

i have a Dell optiplex 380 ( iam told it has a 300 watt power supply) want to upgrade......
so i can play Diablo 3

thanks for all your help! :) 
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May 18, 2012 7:34:22 PM

Not on a Dell 300w PSU.
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May 18, 2012 7:41:12 PM

No.
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May 18, 2012 7:42:09 PM

thanks

appreciate your reply....
any adivce............ i am looking to upgrade my card so i can play Diablo 3
everything else on my optiplex 380 seems to be ok except the card......
any suggestions on a card?
May 18, 2012 7:44:01 PM

willard said:
No.


thanks for your reply.......... any suggestions for a card that will run diablo 3 w/ 300watt card

everything else on the unit seems to be ok
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May 18, 2012 7:46:57 PM

absolutely NO, you need a card like nvidia 9800gt.
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May 18, 2012 9:24:50 PM

DJROY1 said:
thanks for your reply.......... any suggestions for a card that will run diablo 3 w/ 300watt card

Not many video cards will run with that little power. OEMs like Dell intentionally put the smallest possible power supplies in the computer to prevent you from upgrading. That way they make more money off you for upgrades.

I'd recommend just getting a new power supply, at least 500W. Do not get the cheapest unit you can find. Cheap PSUs will kill your other components. If you don't spend at least $40 on the unit, you're going too cheap.

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May 19, 2012 2:42:32 AM
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xtreme5 said:
absolutely NO, you need a card like nvidia 9800gt.


Pretty sure the 9800GT uses quite a bit of power.

Just grab a 7750 and max it out. 100 dollars, no external power connectors (takes 75w at absolutely max)
May 19, 2012 3:52:42 PM

mouse24 said:
Pretty sure the 9800GT uses quite a bit of power.

Just grab a 7750 and max it out. 100 dollars, no external power connectors (takes 75w at absolutely max)


Hey Mouse24
thanks for the info..........i looked over the spec on that card.........
very interesting that a card with those specs can run on that low of power!

will prob buy it. i want a card that will run Diablo 3 looks like the 7750 will work
wont run it at the high end but it will run
May 19, 2012 3:54:38 PM

mouse24 said:
Pretty sure the 9800GT uses quite a bit of power.

Just grab a 7750 and max it out. 100 dollars, no external power connectors (takes 75w at absolutely max)


spec says it IS a PCI express 3.0 i assume this isnt a problem to run it in a 2.0 slot?
whats the diff?
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May 19, 2012 6:10:17 PM

PCIe 3.0 provides twice the bandwidth of 2.0, which provides twice the bandwidth of 1.0. There are other differences not usually worth mentioning, like that a 2.0 slot can provide twice the power of a 1.0 slot (only matters if you want to stick a card pulling more than 75W through the slot alone into a 1.0 slot).

Since only the highest end cards can make use of all the bandwidth of a 2.0/2.1 slot, you can put almost any card into a 2.0/2.1 slot and get 100% of its performance. The exceptions would be things like a 7970 or 680/690.

There are also benefits to having 3.0 in doing SLI/Crossfire. There are the same number of lanes, but with double the bandwidth, so you can get a lower end motherboard with PCIe 3.0 and not need to worry about whether or not your card is going to be handicapped by an x8 slot (since it's equivalent to a PCIe 2.1 x16 slot).
May 19, 2012 9:17:40 PM

willard said:
PCIe 3.0 provides twice the bandwidth of 2.0, which provides twice the bandwidth of 1.0. There are other differences not usually worth mentioning, like that a 2.0 slot can provide twice the power of a 1.0 slot (only matters if you want to stick a card pulling more than 75W through the slot alone into a 1.0 slot).

Since only the highest end cards can make use of all the bandwidth of a 2.0/2.1 slot, you can put almost any card into a 2.0/2.1 slot and get 100% of its performance. The exceptions would be things like a 7970 or 680/690.

There are also benefits to having 3.0 in doing SLI/Crossfire. There are the same number of lanes, but with double the bandwidth, so you can get a lower end motherboard with PCIe 3.0 and not need to worry about whether or not your card is going to be handicapped by an x8 slot (since it's equivalent to a PCIe 2.1 x16 slot).


Thanks
i appreciate the info!
May 29, 2012 2:14:59 PM

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May 29, 2012 2:20:37 PM

mouse24 said:
Pretty sure the 9800GT uses quite a bit of power.

Just grab a 7750 and max it out. 100 dollars, no external power connectors (takes 75w at absolutely max)


i have installed the ASUS Radeon HD7750 i purchased from NEW EGG for a little over$100......
it runs Diablo 3 w/ high settings ......no lag no issues at all..........
this is a fantasic value....... plus low power requirements.......... great for upgrade for units
with OEM integrated graphics.

thanks for the tip!
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