Graphics card for gaming on 350W

I have a Dell Studio 540, with following specs
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0m017G A00
PCI-Express 16X
Memory: DDR3 4GB
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD4550

With the stock Dell 350W CPU, I can't find the exact model number.

Can I safely stick a Sapphire Radeon HD7750 in there without needing to upgrade my PSU, and idoes this card require a cable between the card and the PSU to work?

If this card isn't going to work in my rig, can you recommend one that will (without having to upgrade the PSU, preferably). AMD card preferred.
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  1. you can probably shove a 7770 in properly. all you need to do is use a dual molex to 6pin adaptor and it will work fine. the CPU doesnt use over 120w so the 7770 can do fine
  2. TheBigTroll said:
    you can probably shove a 7770 in properly. all you need to do is use a dual molex to 6pin adaptor and it will work fine. the CPU doesnt use over 120w so the 7770 can do fine



    I don't know what a "dual molex to 6pin adaptor" is, can you explain please?

    and I think I'll stick with the 7750, I don't want to risk any further than that, not to disregard your opinion but I want to be sure I'll be okay.
  3. So the 7750 won't require either of those cables to be attached to the PSU?

    Will the 7750 just slip comfortably into the same PCI-e slot as my budget 4550?
  4. yes. but i still suggest the 7770
  5. The 7770 is faster. I would recommend that.
  6. I think the choice between 7750 and 7770 will come down to budget, it's only £15 more but still.

    Something of a side-question here and I'm not sure whether I should be starting a new thread or not but I would like to know which manufacturer to buy from, and if it even makes a difference.

    Thanks very much for your help, I think this will be the last thing I ask before making my purchase. :)
  7. i recommend the xfx double dissipation 7770 or the sapphire vapor x 7770. best coolers out there for the 7770
  8. It really depends on the particular model, for example, a 7770 for company A could have poor reviews but a 7970 from that same company A has great reviews and such. Since I'm an Nvidia guy, I really don't keep up with individual companies on AMD's side of the fence.

    I would suggest this GPU. Seems to have the best ratings overall, MSI and ASUS are other good brands.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102993
  9. thats the vapor x from sapphire. the double dissipation 7770 from what motherboards.org tested hit only 53c at full load.
  10. TheBigTroll said:
    thats the vapor x from sapphire. the double dissipation 7770 from what motherboards.org tested hit only 53c at full load.

    i have
    motherboard DH55TC
    PROCCESSOR i3 540 3.07GHZ
    PSU=450 WATTS http://www.techcomindia.com/index.php?vaction=productdetail&navact=computer&prodid=817&catid=100 THIS IS MY PSU


    NOW PLSS TELL ME CAN I HANDLE HD 7770 ??????????????PLSSSSSSS
  11. yes it can. id get a new psu given it only has 68% max efficency
  12. That is a pretty lame PSU; I woldn't trust it with my new awesome graphics card.

    Get something that's name brand like Corsair or Antec or Seasonic.

    Although they might not be "lightning proof" lol.
  13. im pretty sure they we talking bull. it just means that it has current protection or voltage protection

    if you need a nice cheap psu, get a pc & power cooling MKIII 400w. very reliable
  14. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

    That one does come with a promotion making it much cheaper, but I would say if price is the factor, something like this would do well also:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

    Or this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430

    I would recommend the Antec Neo or the PC Power and Cooling.
  15. I have a Dell 540 Slim (HTPC) Blu-Ray - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66hz

    I have the same motherboard you listed but ram DDR2 PC6400 is currently installed. Have you gotten the DDR3 sticks to work on your computer? I'm about to upgrade both my memory and graphics card and need to make sure that you are really running DDR3 before I buy anything.


    itsgeo said:
    I have a Dell Studio 540, with following specs
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
    Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0m017G A00
    PCI-Express 16X
    Memory: DDR3 4GB
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD4550

    With the stock Dell 350W CPU, I can't find the exact model number.

    Can I safely stick a Sapphire Radeon HD7750 in there without needing to upgrade my PSU, and idoes this card require a cable between the card and the PSU to work?

    If this card isn't going to work in my rig, can you recommend one that will (without having to upgrade the PSU, preferably). AMD card preferred.
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