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August 4, 2012 4:47:21 AM

Will I see any increase in performance if I upgrade my Dell Inspiron 620 PSU from 300w to 500w or more?

I have a decent mid level system, and have no real room to move upgrade wise:

- Samsung 830 128 GB SSD
- i5-2320
- 8gb DDR3
- Best video card I could get with the 300w limitation (fine for me, not a big gamer)
- 2 backup drives (1TB, 500 MB)

So yeah...would a power supply upgrade do anything?

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August 4, 2012 5:08:17 AM

generally a 300w limitation on gpu only can go as far as a 7750 and very close to around there generally. chaning the psu basically doubles/triples the amount of $ you can spend on the gpu.(limited by how much you put into the psu and size of case)
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August 4, 2012 1:46:57 PM

see any increase in performance if I upgrade my Dell Inspiron 620 PSU: No.

IF your power supply was too small or failing you would see blue screen and system instability. A working power supply does not effect performance if it can deliver the right voltages (which are then further regulated by the MB, video card, etc). An undersized or failing PSU hurts stability and availability, not typically performance.

edit: And you sir are very well prepared. "backup drives ". Most people (especially with SSDs) don't think about that untill way to late. gj.
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August 4, 2012 1:53:48 PM

dudewitbow said:
generally a 300w limitation on gpu only can go as far as a 7750 and very close to around there generally. ...


Would have guessed an 80W TDP HD7770 would run fine on a 300W PSU with modern 65w-95W processors. A 350 was plenty for Q6600 (105w) and HD5770 (108w).
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August 4, 2012 3:53:46 PM

Okay...so I'll maintain the status quo. Ultimate question is this: With my current setup, what can be improved, aside from a new processor, etc...?


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ID
Host Name : SeanBrennan-PC
Workgroup : WORKGROUP

Computer
Model : Dell Inspiron 620 To be filled by O.E.M.
Chassis : Dell Desktop
Mainboard : Dell 0GDG8Y
BIOS : Dell A04 11/21/2011
Total Memory : 8GB DIMM DDR3

Processors
Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz (2C 3GHz/3.3GHz, 3GHz IMC, 256kB L2, 6MB L3)

Chipset
Memory Controller : Dell Core (Sandy Bridge) DRAM Controller 100MHz, 2x 4GB DIMM DDR3 1.33GHz 128-bit

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : Samsung M378B5273DH0-CH9 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
Memory Module : Samsung M378B5273DH0-CH9 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-10700U DDR3-1334 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)

Video System
Video Adapter : AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series (512 SM5.0 850MHz/800MHz 6% OC, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL GP Processor : AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series (512SP 8C 850MHz/800MHz 6% OC, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series (512SP 850MHz/800MHz 6% OC, 1GB DDR5 4.8GHz 128-bit)

Storage Devices
WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache) : 466GB (E:)  (F:)  (H:) 
Seagate ST31000524AS (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm) : 932GB (D:)  (G:) 
SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series (128GB, SATA600, SSD) : 119GB (C:) 
Generic- Multi-Card (USB2) : N/A (J:) 
HDT72252 5DLAT80 (250GB, USB2) : 233GB (K:) 
TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW SH-216BB (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (I:) 

Logical Storage Devices
Secondary Backup (E:)  : 100MB (NTFS) @ WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
Master Drive (D:)  : 918GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST31000524AS (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
SSD God Drive (C:)  : 119GB (NTFS) @ SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series (128GB, SATA600, SSD)
LACIE EX (K:)  : 233GB (FAT32) @ HDT72252 5DLAT80 (250GB, USB2)
Hard Disk (F:)  : N/A @ WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
Primary Backup (H:)  : 364GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 (500.1GB, SATA300, 3.5", 7200rpm, 32MB Cache)
Recovery (G:)  : 14GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST31000524AS (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 7200rpm)
Removable Drive (J:)  : N/A @ Generic- Multi-Card (USB2)
Optical Drive (I:)  : N/A @ TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW SH-216BB (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : Dell H61 LPC Controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : SMSC SCH5514D-NS
Audio Device : Dell Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Device : PC Partner AAB0h
Audio Codec : ATI (AMD) HDMI Audio
Disk Controller : Dell Cougar Point 4 port SATA IDE Controller
Disk Controller : Dell Cougar Point 2 port SATA IDE Controller
USB Controller 1 : Dell Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
USB Controller 2 : Dell Cougar Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel ICH SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : PDFill Writer (4000x4000, Colour)
Printer : Send To Microsoft OneNote 2010 Driver (1200x1200, Colour)
Printer : Microsoft XPS Document Writer (600x600, Colour)
Fax : Microsoft Shared Fax Driver (200x200)
Printer : Canon MF4400 Series UFRII LT (600x600, USB)
Printer : Canon MF4400 Series (FAX) (200x200, USB)

Scanners and Cameras
Scanner : WIA Canon MF4400 Series (Scanner, 600x600, USB)

Peripherals

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 100Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x64

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 7.4
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August 5, 2012 3:52:51 AM

Go edit your post and get rid of the serial #. Edit is one of the three icons on the far right inside the box of your post.

"With my current setup, what can be improved"

Nice system.
Plenty of CPU
HD7770 is plenty of video unless you change your mind about heavy gaming or unless you do cadcam. (lol, guess that proves HD7770 runs with 300w PSU and 95W CPU)
8 GB plenty of memory
Sound is fine. Some people swear by external USB DACs for good headphone. Never tried any.
Samsung 830 has a good reliability reputation for SSD and is fast

Assume you have a good monitor. I went 24" 1920X1200. I like the extra vertical space of 16:10 instead of 16:9.

Have you ever tried a gaming mouse (e.g. deathadder) ? They slide nicely.

I use a receiver as a monitor platform, and to power a pair of real speakers for audio. Like it.

Not much else I can think of. My daughter wanted a tablet for her PC -- not sure what she uses it for. I have an external raid disk array for backup and movies -- a san digital unit with hardware raid 5. It's nice but not sure I'd spend the money again.
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August 5, 2012 3:58:44 AM

Edited...thanks. Crossed my mind after I posted it...

I have a nice 23" widescreen.

So it sounds like I am done...for now. A few more years, and maybe I'll do a full build.

Thanks everyone for the tips.
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August 6, 2012 8:22:29 PM

Do you have that type of slot available for that card.
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August 6, 2012 8:22:45 PM

They work pretty good i have one in my hp workstation.
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August 6, 2012 8:27:44 PM

Yeah, at least 2...maybe 3.

I'll consider it. Thanks!
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August 13, 2012 12:09:06 AM

Best answer selected by Cdyshack14.
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