Dell Studio 540 Graphics/PSU Upgrade

I am going to be upgrading my PSU soon to a 550 watt so i can upgrade to an asus 650ti graphics card.

I have heard that some cards dont fit due to internal components getting in the way. I know very little about hardware, and was wondering how this works? Also, i hear there are pci and pci express, and i am wondering if this motherboard has pci express because it is faster.

Here are my specs just in case it helps any-
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

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  1. From what I can find, your MB does have a PCI-e slot, so you can install a 650ti.

    As far as internal components getting in the way, that's something you'll have to check for yourself. The dimensions are listed here.

    Open the case and make sure a card with those dimensions will fit. If it is too long, there are 650ti cards that are shorter.
  2. Radeon 5850

    Have seen a GTX280 in the same case

    Don't need anywhere near 550 watts for your specs
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