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Hi Guys,

This is my first post to the forum, i was searching online for help and this site seems to have some good people on it so here goes....

I have a dell desktop machine and sadly it has a 210w max output psu, now according to many dell massively underrate their psu's and soo 210 is probably up around 300w, in fact some people have said they have run cards that require 300w or 350w according to the box specs and it ran fine.

My question is can any guide me as to if i could put a 300w card in this system i would be using a low profile agp card, due to the case size. upgrading the psu is almost impossible so if a 300w is ok what card would you suggest.

I know its all a bit vague and thank you to anyone who takes the time to help me out
post #2 of 6
That rating is low... My PSU knowledge is not that sharp, but you could research cards and see how many amps the various choices require. Then add all the components' (fans included) amp requirements up and see if your PSU will swing it.

Why is it nearly inpossible to switch the PSU? IMO 400W is the minimum for a gaming rig (is that what you use it for?). Also, you will want around 10-15% headroom on the draw.

If you got the cash, time and know-how I would repalce the PSU
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It's a Dell, the PS config can be unique and the price would usually stop a charging rhino.
    
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What model number is the Dell you have?
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About the only place I can tink of with a good replacement/upgrade for Dells is PC Power & Cooling. They are a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for, and they will get the job done.
    
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You can get any generic supply and Dell to ATX conveter
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