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September 20, 2012 1:39:43 PM

hello, i am looking to upgrade my graphics card from nvidia geforce gt 240 to GeForce GTX 550 Ti the min specs are :

PCI Express® or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors
A minimum 300W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 22A)****
Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP class processor or higher
200MB of available hard disk space
2GB system memory (4GB recommended)
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Operating System (32 or 64-bit)
DVD-ROM drive for installation
DVI or HDMI or VGA compatible monitor

My Comp specs are :
Processor: AMD Anthlon II X2 250 3 GHz
4.00 GB RAM

any help would be great lol if you need more details let me know
a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 2:12:23 PM

All the 550ti's I've looked at say minimum 400w psu, but that really doesn't mean anything.

You haven't even told us what power supply you have, so how could we answer your question??? Need to know make and model, wattage, does it have pci-e power connectors?
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September 20, 2012 3:24:45 PM

whatshisface_181 said:
hello, i am looking to upgrade my graphics card from nvidia geforce gt 240 to GeForce GTX 550 Ti the min specs are :

PCI Express® or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors
A minimum 300W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 22A)****
Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP class processor or higher
200MB of available hard disk space
2GB system memory (4GB recommended)
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 Operating System (32 or 64-bit)
DVD-ROM drive for installation
DVI or HDMI or VGA compatible monitor

My Comp specs are :
Processor: AMD Anthlon II X2 250 3 GHz
4.00 GB RAM

any help would be great lol if you need more details let me know


Get the Gtx 650 or radeon 7750, they both only need a 300 watt PSU.

They cost pretty much the same but the radeon 7750 is more powerful so I would get that over the gtx 650!
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 4:01:41 PM

How do you know he has a 300w psu???
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September 20, 2012 4:19:12 PM

geekapproved said:
How do you know he has a 300w psu???


Black magic!!!

Also I think OP meant he has a 300 Watt power supply
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 4:42:07 PM

geekapproved said:
How do you know he has a 300w psu???


I just assumed he did because most companies like Dell, HP etc. come with at least a 300 watt psu.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2012 5:12:46 PM

No they don't, at least 50% of them use 230-250w psu's. Working on another thread with a guy who has HP 250w.
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September 20, 2012 5:50:43 PM

As @geekapproved said , we need to know which psu you have.
It is quite necessary.
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September 20, 2012 10:43:48 PM

thx for the replies while im not sure how to find the PSUs my core voltage is 1k
Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer INC
Model: M4A77TD
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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2012 12:58:24 AM

whatshisface_181 said:
thx for the replies while im not sure how to find the PSUs my core voltage is 1k
Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer INC
Model: M4A77TD



What?? lol

Dude, the power supply is the big thing with the fan in the back of the computer. Take the side off the case and look at the sticker. Tell us the brand and model number.
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September 22, 2012 4:59:13 PM

Brand: Xion
Model Number xon-700p12n
700W
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