Dell E193FP (1280x1024@60Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 5770
My friend has a Dell Inspiron 560, and I recently upgraded it with a 5770 so he would be able to game. It has a 250w PSU (don't know the manufacturer) which I modded to get a PCIe Power connector out of for the 5770.
He's got $375-450 to work with (including shipping), and I'm trying to figure out what we should upgrade. My main suggestion to him is getting a better display (1080p) but I've had bad experience with TFT displays (Dell ST2420L), so I'm suggesting a U2312HM ($250). He will then most likely need a GPU upgrade, to which I suggested the 7850 ($180). From what I have researched, the 7850 has about 30W more power draw at load than the 5770, so I think his PSU should handle it, but I'm worried that it won't. Also, how large of a bottleneck would his current CPU be? It might be possible to get a TFT display instead of the ultrasharp and spend the other $60 on a decent 500w PSU, but with his cuwww.tomshardware.comk he needs a shorter power supply than normal.