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Will my computer run these graphics cards on 350 watts and these settings?

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January 24, 2013 9:31:08 PM

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.120830-0334)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Studio 540
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/11/09 16:20:55 Ver: 0.0.1
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 1642MB used, 5010MB available

350 WATTS

PRICE RANGE- I'd like to spend no more than $150. I want the card to be able to play pretty new games on high or medium, but nothing like bf3 or COD on high.

here are some links to cards that were suggested to me-

http://www.amazon.com/PCI-Express-ENGTX550-TI-DC-1GD5/d...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I dont know much about computer hardware, so this is new to me :/ 
a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2013 9:40:30 PM

What is the make and model of the power supply?
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January 24, 2013 9:47:50 PM

I'm not exactly a human calculator but i would say you need a power supply upgrade first, something good by a name brand. So many people on these forums have problems because they skimped on their power supply. Best be safe and go with at least a 550 watt.
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January 24, 2013 10:02:12 PM

I once had a Radeon 4670 and it requires a 400w power supply. The others that you list will require even more. Definitely get a quality power supply. Cryptonium is right, around a 550w will be a safe bet.
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January 24, 2013 10:20:09 PM

Ok defiantly upgrading to a 550w. Now, that being said, what is the BEST graphics card that i will be able to get for 150 or less? Bang for the buck that is :) 

Also i heard that some cards dont fit in certain computers :S

My dell is about 4 or 3 years old, it was a vista but now a 7 and its 32bit. Does this effect anything?

Thanks so much for the answers!
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January 24, 2013 10:31:47 PM

joshholymoses said:
...what is the BEST graphics card that i will be able to get for 150 or less? Bang for the buck that is :) 

I'd go for the GTX 650 or 650 ti if you have a bit more cash. they're small, compact, and work well. I can play older games maxed out and newer games on low with my 650. as long as you have a CPU running at 1.9GHZ or higher.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00966IU4M/ref=oh_deta...

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Dual-Link-Graphics-0...
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January 24, 2013 10:32:33 PM

Spartacus394 said:
Try getting a PSU at least 80+ rated. If you're on a tight budget I would suggest this one

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS55...

I have it paired with an EVGA GTX 650 and it works fine.

Ok, will 500 watt do, or should i go up to 550 for 10 bucks? Also will buying used on amazon for a 550 be a bad thing?
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January 24, 2013 10:36:53 PM

Don't buy a Coolmaster go with the Seasonic
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January 24, 2013 10:37:32 PM

joshholymoses said:
Ok, will 500 watt do, or should i go up to 550 for 10 bucks? Also will buying used on amazon for a 550 be a bad thing?

I'd go for the 550w just in case. AS for amazon, it should be fine. That's where I got mine. I'm not a PC expert but one of my friends is and he suggested this one for me. It works great!
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January 24, 2013 10:38:27 PM

jnkweaver said:
Don't buy a Coolmaster go with the Seasonic

Either of them should be fine. It's up to OP I guess.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2013 10:39:49 PM

toms (yesterday or something) posted this (updated)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-oem-ma...

it's a good article. give it a few minutes, it will show you the stuff you need.

yes a 550w is definitely enough in most situations, i wouldn't go below that.
and when we say 550w we don't mean something cheap that does not even give 550w sustained.
a good psu is worth it, it will last you a few upgrades.
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January 24, 2013 10:42:05 PM

Ok guys, thanks for the info. I may go with the one spartacus showed me. Also, about card size, do you think this will fit in my computer? Or should i look at anything in particular before i proceed to buy one?
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January 24, 2013 10:48:11 PM

if you live near some shops, i suggest you shop around, just look. to get a feel if those cards will fit your case.
most big GPU's are high end ones, but it depends on your case.
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January 24, 2013 10:51:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zp6p
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zp6p/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zp6p/benchmarks/

Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $179.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 19:50 EST-0500)

Best way to do it, psu is more than sufficient and video card will fit
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January 24, 2013 11:02:19 PM

I would not game with that setup. Antec is a great powersupply but 380W is not enough. Go at least 500W.
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January 24, 2013 11:10:35 PM

jnkweaver said:
I would not game with that setup. Antec is a great powersupply but 380W is not enough. Go at least 500W.

I'm sorry but you are just straight up wrong.
95w for cpu
110w for 650ti
50~ watts for rest of system

Grand total ~250 watts
btw 380-250=130w to spare
nuff said
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January 24, 2013 11:45:04 PM

shellls45 said:
I'm sorry but you are just straight up wrong.
95w for cpu
110w for 650ti
50~ watts for rest of system

Grand total ~250 watts
btw 380-250=130w to spare
nuff said


OK good luck
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January 24, 2013 11:53:00 PM

jnkweaver said:
OK good luck

Why don't you expand on that if you are going to question perfectly good logic. Also consider that it is one of the few PSUs with the anandtech editors choice award.
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January 25, 2013 12:04:49 AM

jnkweaver said:
I would not game with that setup. Antec is a great powersupply but 380W is not enough. Go at least 500W.

I would have to disagree as simply put card makers suggest larger power supplies to compensate for all the crap on the market.

The card(GTX 650ti) is NOT power hungry and @ 28amps on the 12 volt rails(combined), I think as long as the OP os not overclocking things, it should be fine.

I personally run a 300 watt power supply(22 amps combined) with an i5 750(95 watt cpu) and a GTX 650ti. Not even a problem for it as the system has yet to pull much over 150-160 from the wall when playing games(and lower with many games or reduce settings/frame rate caps).

Do I recommend everyone run out and run a card on a 300 watt power supply? hell no, you have to pick parts a little more careful, but the Antec EA380 should pull it off fine.
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January 25, 2013 12:04:54 AM

shellls45 said:
Why don't you expand on that if you are going to question perfectly good logic. Also consider that it is one of the few PSUs with the anandtech editors choice award.


I am not questioning the power supply. it is a great choice and I have either it or the next one up in a few of my builds. I don't believe it is a good idea to plan on the power supply running at 100% rated power for extended periods of time. It just isn't good for a long life. I use a 80% as my guide. I know it is just my guide but I still have an Antec running 9 years later.

Heat is the killer for all electronics and running things at 100% all the time increases the strain on all the components.

Just my 2 cents
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January 25, 2013 12:11:25 AM

jnkweaver said:
I am not questioning the power supply. it is a great choice and I have either it or the next one up in a few of my builds. I don't believe it is a good idea to plan on the power supply running at 100% rated power for extended periods of time. It just isn't good for a long life. I use a 80% as my guide. I know it is just my guide but I still have an Antec running 9 years later.

Heat is the killer for all electronics and running things at 100% all the time increases the strain on all the components.

Just my 2 cents

Well like i said in my previous post its not even close to 100% load, so by your rational my suggestion stands correct.
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January 25, 2013 12:16:53 AM

OP just grab a Corsair CX430 and a Radeon 7770 and be done with it.
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January 25, 2013 12:57:04 AM

Tom Burnqest said:
OP just grab a Corsair CX430 and a Radeon 7770 and be done with it.

the CX430 is a good power supply but the 7770 is just a bit slower(varies with game) then the 650 ti.
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January 25, 2013 1:38:37 AM

cryptonium76 said:
I'm not exactly a human calculator but i would say you need a power supply upgrade first, something good by a name brand. So many people on these forums have problems because they skimped on their power supply. Best be safe and go with at least a 550 watt.


Yea man I agree. Ive always had dell computers before i built one and they psus are horrible
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January 25, 2013 8:37:34 PM

thanks everyone!
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January 25, 2013 8:39:12 PM

Best answer selected by joshholymoses.
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