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I'm working on our church's 2 y/o Dell Vostro 200 computer that has a 300 w OEM PSU. E2180, 1gig ram (2x512), onboard intel graphics (P35 chipset), 80gig hd, dvd drive. We need to upgrade the graphics card to enable dual outputs for our sanctuaries overhead projectors. Would the standard Dell supplied 300w PSU be able to handle something like an nVidia 9600GSO (the better version with more shaders)? We won't be overclocking the card, nor running anything really stressful thru it, but need something better than the 7600GT I'm using now as the slide transitions and power point presentations tend to lag at times.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Yeah, the PSU is a solid Lite-On unit(I suspect you're talking about the 305W unit).. I'd suggest you pick a used 5770, it will do the job very well.
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5770 is overkill for church projections... just grab something like a GT 520 or something... or a 5470
    
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I'm working on our church's 2 y/o Dell Vostro 200 computer that has a 300 w OEM PSU. E2180, 1gig ram (2x512), onboard intel graphics (P35 chipset), 80gig hd, dvd drive. We need to upgrade the graphics card to enable dual outputs for our sanctuaries overhead projectors. Would the standard Dell supplied 300w PSU be able to handle something like an nVidia 9600GSO (the better version with more shaders)? We won't be overclocking the card, nor running anything really stressful thru it, but need something better than the 7600GT I'm using now as the slide transitions and power point presentations tend to lag at times.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

dual outputs as in DVI/DVI or is DVI/VGA fine?
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Thanks for the replies.

Whatever vid card we get will be an nVIdia card as the program we use has issues with a lot of AMD/ATI cards. I have the 9600GSO laying around that I can use for now, but I wanted to get some confirmation that the OEM PSU could handle it before I tried it and burned out the PSU.

The only reason to go with an AMD/ATI card would be for the EyeFinity support, but that only works in Vista or 7 and we are running XP on this computer and they don't want to upgrade to 7, although I would like them to as I don't like where Win 8 is heading.

And you would be surprised with how demanding some of the videos, transitions, etc. church systems have to deal with. The HD 4670's struggle with some of them on my personal Q9550 system. I can't imagine running it with one of them on that E2180.
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dual outputs as in DVI/DVI or is DVI/VGA fine?

Either option would work, but DVI/VGA or dual VGA would be easiest. All of the cables we now have are VGA so I'll have to use DVI to VGA adaptors, but that isn't that much of a problem.

I opened it up this morning and it is a 300 watt unit (not a 305), but it is a Delta, not a Bestec. And this is one of the Mini Tower Vostro 200s with a full size psu, not one of the slim case models, so that helps. Unfortunately it doesn't have any 6pin GPU connectors so we would need an adaptor from a regular 4pin molex to use a higher end card, and I'm not fond of doing that with smaller PSU's like that. Since I didn't have one of the adaptors with me at the church I wasn't able to test the 9600GSO today. I'll have to try that next week when I have more time.
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One single card with a single 6 pin will be fine on that PSU. Delta make them like tanks. Since powerpoint doesn't need a lot of CPU power, you won't be stressing it with the 9600GSO. You may have troubles if you really push the machine with the 9600 in there, but the uses you mention will not be any trouble at all.
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We aren't doing just PowerPoints. We run a lot of other stuff through the projectors. But some of the Power Points with a lot of motion are more than the 7600GT or the HD4670 can handle.

And we can't run with just one card. We need three seperate outputs which means two cards in XP. One in the PCI-E slot running the two projectors and one in a PCI slot running the main monitor in the control booth. The two projectors show different content via the application we use (EasyWorship). The front of house projector shows everything, while the back of house projector shows additional content that the pastor, worship team, etc. can see. It's a nifty setup, but it can be more taxing on both the CPU and GPUs than just projecting a Power Point Presentation directly. It's that extra layer of EasyWorship that makes things more demanding, but all of the extra capabilities that it brings to the table make it more than worth it once you have good enough hardware to handle everything.
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Powerpoint doesn't use the GPU for rendering. If your power points are lagging it's probably because of the 512MB of RAM. Pick up 2GB on ebay or something. Your CPU probably isn't slowing you down too much, but if things are still jerky after adding extra RAM consider upgrading to an E6000 (45nm, not 65nm) or E7000 series CPU.
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Thanks for that, but we have 1gig of ram (2x512) in the system, not 512. I have another 1gig I can add, but even with everything running it's only using about 600 to 700 megs according to Task Manager. But it isn't just the PPT's that are lagging. The transitions on the other slides that are created in EasyWorship that aren't using PPT's are jerky as well. We are limited to only using about a forth of what EasyWorship is capable of. And as I stated previously, even on my 8gig Q9550 system with a pair of 1gig HD4670s we still get more lag than we would like.

A CPU upgrade is one of the other things we are considering, but we may just replace the entire system instead. We don't want to spend a lot of money updating this system as it's 3 years old.
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