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Hello everybody!

For the past few weeks I have been having an urge to buy a new graphic card for my dell(Studio XPS 8100). I am not looking for any super high end cards, I just want to play a couple games(Left 4 Dead/COD Black Ops) at low-mid quality.

My current graphic card(OEM GeForce 310) is not fast enough to play a game smoothly so I am thinking of getting this:[ame="http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-01G-P3-1450-TR/dp/B0041RRNBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305179501&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: EVGA GeForce GTS450 FPB 1 GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1450-TR: Electronics[/ame]

I want to know if the stock PSU is able to handle the load this card demands.
I am confused because on other forums I have seen people saying that the 350W power supply(18A at 12V) in the computer is under rated and it can handle mid level graphic cards.

Can you guys confirm this for me?

I do not want to swap the power supply since I am on a tight budget, so if the GTS 450 won't work what is the best card that will run with my computer?
Thanks!


P.S I have seen really cheap PSUs on ebay that are listed as being over 500W. Is it OK to get one of these?
Edited by fishymamba - 5/12/11 at 5:33pm
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that card would run l4d and black ops on the maximum settings.

also, if your power supply has a 6 pin pcie connector, it will work fine.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fishymamba;13474062 

P.S I have seen really cheap PSUs on ebay that are listed as being over 500W. Is it OK to get one of these?

NO

You'd be better off getting a quality 300 watt


DO NOT pay $120 for a GTS 450, get a 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-873-_-Product
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Originally Posted by CravinR1;13474101 
NO

You'd be better off getting a quality 300 watt


DO NOT pay $120 for a GTS 450, get a 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873&cm_re=5770-_-14-102-873-_-Product

OK I'll bite. Why? The GTS450 is a superb card. As is the 5770. Both cards would offer great pwerformance.
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It'll work fine. If I remember right, most Dell PSU's are Delta, which is solid. I would wait for a guy that's better with PSU's to chime in though. But a Dell 350w unit is usually MORE than enough for mid range graphics cards upgrades. You could probably handle a GTX460 just fine.
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I think the 5770 is a little faster than the 450
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Originally Posted by CravinR1;13474217 
I think the 5770 is a little faster than the 450

I think the 450 is a little faster honestly.

GTS450 = GTX260
5770 = 4870

GTX260 is better than a 4870.

Honestly, either card will run fine, and either card is a HUGE step up from his GT310. They'll probably trade blows between the 450 and 5770.
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nvidia-geforce-gts-450-review-radeon-hd-5770-vs-geforce-gts-450

5770 slightly faster, its cheaper and i thought it uses less power to. i know wich one i would pick wink.gif

Both cards will perform ok though so i would look at price alot. [wich prolly also leads you to a 5770]

My mom plays at 1280x1024 with a GTS450 and it rape's anything at that resolution wink.gif
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Does the GT310 use a 6-pin PCIe connector?
I think it is basically a re-branded GT210 and so it does not require an external 6-pin PCIe connector for additional power supply.

If your PSU has (at least) one such connector, I guess it is OK.
Better is that you take a pic of the side of the PSU, showing its spec so that we can all confirm with a higher degree of accuracy.
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;13474236 
I think the 450 is a little faster honestly.

GTS450 = GTX260
5770 = 4870

GTX260 is better than a 4870.

Honestly, either card will run fine, and either card is a HUGE step up from his GT310. They'll probably trade blows between the 450 and 5770.

With the newer drivers the 5770 is a little ahead of the 260 (I have both)

Not to mention the 5770 uses ALOT less power and is directx 11


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