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December 4, 2012 8:52:19 AM

Hello,I have XPS studio pc which i got from dell 1 year ago,the pc is Ok but my video card is geforce 310 which is too old now ,i need to upgrade it to nvidia gtx 460 ...
the problem is gtx requires 460 watts and my system handles only 350 watts ,i asked the dell agent about replacing my supply unit with a new one that can handle it but he said it might break my mother board .any solutions guys ??

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December 4, 2012 9:03:51 AM

What did he say lol ? Break the Mobo ??!?!

Well Gtx 460 needs ~155W.

If you can tell us what PC it is , cuz we need the specs. And instead of gtx 460 get new gen card. Like 7770/7850 !
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December 4, 2012 9:24:20 AM

The dell agent is talking nonsense. They are all clueless. Replacing the power supply will not damage your motherboard.
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December 4, 2012 9:30:23 AM

Sunius said:
The dell agent is talking nonsense. They are all clueless. Replacing the power supply will not damage your motherboard.


Exactly this ^ the power going to the motherboard is determined by the plugs connected to it and not the overall power of the PSU. Dell I know employing people like this has saved you a lot of money, but is giving 100% wrong advice from someone who speaks indian-engrish really worth it?
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December 4, 2012 9:40:16 AM

thanks for reply prototype18 , i thought that the agent was some way lying as i told him i need gtx 460 he said then it needs 460 watts and the machine won't withstand ...!!
my computer specs:
cpu: i5 cpu 750 @ 2.67 ghz
memory : ddr3 4 gbytes
video card: geforce 310
but how can i know that my machine will have something like ATI 7770/7850 work on it ?
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December 4, 2012 9:47:56 AM

Why are you still listening to them lol. Those idiots won't know computers even if their lives depended on it (oh the irony)

Yes it is perfectly fine to upgrade your PSU, choose any PSU from these good brands (make sure it is at least 600W if you want a GTX 460, though a HD 7850 only needs 500W, but who doesn't want to be safe?)

Antec
Seasonic
XFX
Silverstone
Corsair

How to know if the HD 7850 works on your mobo? Simple you need to know 3 things

-Does your mobo have a PCI e 2.1 slot (you most likely do)
-Is your PSU good enough (once you upgrade, yes)
-Do you have enough space to fit your card of choice inside (that I have no idea, please check)

Happy Gaming!!
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December 4, 2012 10:03:16 AM

thanks guys for your help .
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December 4, 2012 11:55:17 AM

Don't forget to choose the best answer!
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December 4, 2012 12:21:09 PM

You can buy an ati HD 7750 and avoid upgrading the PSU (the 350 will be fine as the card does not require extra power :)  )
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December 4, 2012 1:00:25 PM

Ravyu said:
Why are you still listening to them lol. Those idiots won't know computers even if their lives depended on it (oh the irony)

Yes it is perfectly fine to upgrade your PSU, choose any PSU from these good brands (make sure it is at least 600W if you want a GTX 460, though a HD 7850 only needs 500W, but who doesn't want to be safe?)

Antec
Seasonic
XFX
Silverstone
Corsair

How to know if the HD 7850 works on your mobo? Simple you need to know 3 things

-Does your mobo have a PCI e 2.1 slot (you most likely do)
-Is your PSU good enough (once you upgrade, yes)
-Do you have enough space to fit your card of choice inside (that I have no idea, please check)

Happy Gaming!!

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http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_...

This is about the PCIe slot.

I would say get XFX Core Pro 550W 54$ after rebate on ncix.

And about the GPU what is your budget ?7770/7850 Would be great ! Lower power than Gtx 460 and a bit better

Or the budget for both PSU/GPU.
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December 5, 2012 5:04:11 PM

Best answer selected by ahmed halim.
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