Decent Video Card for a 350w Power Supply

Hi all,

I just got a refurbished dell Vostro 470 MiniTower with the following specs :

Processor: Intel Core 3rd Gen i5-3450 Processor (3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz)
HD : 500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
Power Supply : 350W Power Supply
RAM : 4 GB Dual Channel DDR3 (1600MHz)
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0

I am installing a Samsung 830 128GB SSD as a primary drive and I was thinking of installing a decent video something my power supply can support. Here is a link of the power supply specs. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/521/photo1dn.jpg/

any input will be greatly appreciated.
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  1. I'd go with 7750 as you don't need to run any molex to PCI-E adapters. I just would never use those as I don't trust them.
  2. Can you assure me a 7770 would work on 350watt psu ? like more than certain, cause i would buy one now.
  3. miwyi said:
    Can you assure me a 7770 would work on 350watt psu ? like more than certain, cause i would buy one now.


    Yes, it will definitely work but i check if your PSU has a PCI-e power connector.
  4. Well its a Dell, so the power supply is actually viable in terms of actually being good. I would recommend the 7750 still. It would have much headroom to run. That would be my recommendation.
  5. Cant you just get a decent ~400-500w PSU???? they are very cheap and good too.
  6. songorocosongo said:


    Considering this i need 388w for the 7770 and 356w for the 7750,
    Test with current vga is 349watt , Seems fair enough ... So yeah i think ill be upgrading the PSU aswell .
    Would this Work ?
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS500-PCARD3-US/dp/B001G0WPLK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2H363AXGW4SX2&coliid=IXXX54UVMOJ5A
  7. miwyi said:
    Considering this i need 388w for the 7770 and 356w for the 7750,
    Test with current vga is 349watt , Seems fair enough ... So yeah i think ill be upgrading the PSU aswell .
    Would this Work ?
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS500-PCARD3-US/dp/B001G0WPLK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2H363AXGW4SX2&coliid=IXXX54UVMOJ5A


    Not a good power supply.

    Your minitower is the limiting factor for your power supply....these are pricey in the higher watt segment.

    Stick with the HD 7750. These have been put into 250-300 watt power supply systems.

    Dave
  8. no...no...crap master here these will do

    XFX ATX 450 Power Supply - P1450SX2B9
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-450-Power-Supply/dp/B005FPT38U/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1
    Seasonic made.3 yr warranty

    Seasonic 520W S12II
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
    Seasonic. 5 year warranty
  9. cheap as it gets for a decent psu Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045#top
  10. Thanks for link Everybody Really useful, I'll stick with cheaper one, i didnt wanted to spend alot at first.

    And basically with a Decent PSU the 7750 is still better ? or i shall stick to the 7770 :D
  11. Get the 7770
  12. miwyi said:
    Thanks for link Everybody Really useful, I'll stick with cheaper one, i didnt wanted to spend alot at first.

    And basically with a Decent PSU the 7750 is still better ? or i shall stick to the 7770 :D
    either will work you decide 7770 is better than 7750 ;)
  13. regina_49 said:
    cheap as it gets for a decent psu Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply $34.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045#top


    Mine was DOA. Had to pay $17.xx to ship it back to Newegg.ca too. :(

    Dave
  14. DavidY said:
    Mine was DOA. Had to pay $17.xx to ship it back to Newegg.ca too. :(

    Dave
    that sucks sometimes that happens though
  15. buy this psu then to be safe it might make DavidY feel better
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCNBJF33, ends 8/20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=Corsair%20430w#top
  16. miwyi said:
    Considering this i need 388w for the 7770 and 356w for the 7750,
    Test with current vga is 349watt , Seems fair enough ... So yeah i think ill be upgrading the PSU aswell .
    Would this Work ?
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS500-PCARD3-US/dp/B001G0WPLK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2H363AXGW4SX2&coliid=IXXX54UVMOJ5A
    get the 7750
  17. look here your current PSU should handle a 7750 http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/2113/powero.png

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  18. Basically, if you get the 7750 you would not need a new power supply.

    If you got the 7770, you would need a new power supply.
  19. Deemo13 said:
    Basically, if you get the 7750 you would not need a new power supply.

    If you got the 7770, you would need a new power supply.
    +1
  20. regina_49 said:
    buy this psu then to be safe it might make DavidY feel better
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $5 off w/ promo code EMCNBJF33, ends 8/20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=Corsair%20430w#top


    Corsair Builder Series are not my favorite power supply....only would buy it if the selection or budget was extremely limited. Too many reports of whining noise.

    Dave
  21. DavidY said:
    Corsair Builder Series are not my favorite power supply....only would buy it if the selection or budget was extremely limited. Too many reports of whining noise.

    Dave
    :lol: well i give up he wants cheap and that's the only choices
  22. Yeah, Ill just go without trouble with the 7750. At least Ill run Decent, And i have a 1440x900 resolution screen, so the 7750 is perfect. Thanks alot for tips guys :D

    PS: on My Actual PSU it says 350W but also << SHALL NOT EXCEED 300Watt >>
  23. miwyi said:
    Yeah, Ill just go without trouble with the 7750. At least Ill run Decent, And i have a 1440x900 resolution screen, so the 7750 is perfect. Thanks alot for tips guys :D
    Your welcome bro. :D
  24. Sounds like a plan.
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