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My friend's dad recently purchased a Dell desktop from a coworker for cheap (inspiron 531) along with a 22" monitor. He asked me for help upgrading but I don't know what gpu would be the best for the 300w stock power supply. I was thinking that the evga 9800 gt akimbo should work since it says it has a 350w requirement and those are normally exaggerated. However I wanted to ask the wonderful people of overclock.net for their advice. Is there a more modern, more powerful card that will run on this power supply? Thanks in advance

link to the akimbo
http://bit.ly/muetOc

I'm pretty sure the akimbo will work but it is a 3-4 generation old card. Surely there must be stronger now with a similar power draw?
Edited by Georc - 5/12/11 at 5:23pm
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post #2 of 17
Why not upgrade the PSU?
     
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post #3 of 17
The dell 300W is pretty generic so.. it's not really advised. I'm not sure if that PSU could handle it but he'd be better off getting another psu and gpu. Aren't there usually combos on newegg or something?
    
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There are some cheap 400/450w PSU you can get for 40~
Even if it says 400w + Try the AMD 5450
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post #5 of 17
Whatever GPU you get to go with that bad PSU will be a waste of money. You won't be able to really play any good games at all.
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post #6 of 17
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I was expecting more suggestions but w/e. Assuming I could convince my friend to buy a new psu as well, would a normal atx psu fit? If so, which cheap, preferably modular (due to space constraints) would you guys recommend?
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post #7 of 17
8800gt is an awesome card for the price and it should work great with that psu, you should consider it. You can find some for cheap here on OCN.
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post #8 of 17
Dell OEM PSUs are usually UNDERRATED

Try the 9800gt if you have it. You aren't gunna blow anything up
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post #9 of 17
Make sure it actually has a PCI express x16 slot and enough room to fit a modern card.
post #10 of 17
Judt figured I would say that aren't Dell psu's oem Delta. Isn't delta a good psu oem, I thought.
    
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