Help buying a New Graphics Card

  07patty 15:22 03 Sep 2007
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I have a Dell E521. I need help buying a new graphics card in the range of £50-£120, as my old card Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE 512MB was not really right for me.
My processor is Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ and the RAM in my computer is 1GB. My computer is Windows Vista Ready if that helps. The card will go into a
PCI-Express x16 slot. My PSU is 305 Watts but i will upgrade if needed too(preferbly not).
I will be using the Card for Video-Editing and Gaming ( probably not intense gaming).
Thanks!

  total_pc 15:54 03 Sep 2007

You might struggle to upgrade that psu.. Not sure if you can buy one with more power that will fit and pretty sure dell psu's are not standard.. Also pretty sure it wont have the connector required for a decent gpu..Interesting article here: click here

  Totally-braindead 15:58 03 Sep 2007

I think whatever you decide to buy you will need to up the power supply, 305 watts is very low, it will run the card you have now ok but fit a decent card and I think it will fail.

  07patty 16:27 03 Sep 2007

Thanks guys so far but i will be able to fit a single slot Nvidia Geforce 8600GT in as long as its single slot. My PSU can take that as its recommended minumum of PSU is 300 Watts

  setecio 17:21 03 Sep 2007

Can it be double width ot not? This came out well in a recent mag test, but I can't find it's PSU requirements ... I think it is around 300, if anyone finds a figure let us know.

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If only room for single width, the Sapphire HD 2600XT, Sapphire X1650Pro and GeForce 7600GT also came out well in the tests.

  07patty 18:58 03 Sep 2007

The PSU as i stated was 305 watts!!!

  setecio 19:32 03 Sep 2007

Indeed .. I was refering to that needed by the GPUs I linked to ... I couldn't find an exact figure for min for them.

  07patty 20:07 03 Sep 2007

Whats a GPU?
My current graphics card is Nvidia Geforce 7300LE 512MB?

  setecio 21:17 03 Sep 2007

GPU = Graphics Processing Unit (graphics card)

I wonder if little ac adapter power supply units can be bought purely for graphics cards, so that if your power supply isn't up to it, you can simply plug one of these into the GPU power leads (for higher end cards) .... then you wouldn't be limited by the 305 watt PSU.

  setecio 21:25 03 Sep 2007

You might find this post interesting

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  setecio 21:39 03 Sep 2007

I'm looking into the exact same issue for my Nephew ... just read that Dell PSUs are rated on a median value whih is quite a bit below a max value often quoted for GPU requirements. I'll post back when I understand it myself ;)

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