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My friend at work asked me to come to his house tonight to look at his step-sons computer to see what the problem was. It's a Dell with a 2.0ghz P4, with 512megs of ram and a GeForce 2 MX400. He bought a x1300 512mb AGP card and it's not working. I looked in the case and noticed it's a 250w PSU, and the card has a 4-pin molex for aux. power.

I plugged it in for him, powered up the computer and nothing happens. The computers fans all turn on, but that's it, nothing else happens. Wouldn't this be due to insufficient power for the card? Or possibly a bad card?

Either way, I told them to take it back to CC and get their money back ($175.00!!) and that I would help them buy a new PSU and video card. So this is where I need your guys help. The video card *must* be able to plug into an LCD HDTV via a HDMI connector, he wants to play WoW on his flat panel.

So fella's help me find a card, ATI or nVidia that is comparable and a decent power supply
 
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You can't replace a dell power supply since they use custom mobo connections.
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Quote:
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You can't replace a dell power supply since they use custom mobo connections.
BAH! I knew it was gonna be something ike that. Well, I had a Dell when I first got into the game, and I remember gettingmadapters somewhere....anyone know what I'm talking about?
 
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Well, not necessarily so with the PSU issue. I was told the same thing but yet had no problems with mine and it was a Dell Dimension 4550...ran just fine with a non-Dell PSU, but I may have just been lucky. What WAS a problem is that the mounting for the PSU was whacked. I ended up getting a new case and transplanting everything just so I could mount the silly PSU. I do know that some PSU mfg's make aftermarket PSU's specifically to work with Dell's. I will see what I can dig up.

Here is a converter. Don't know if it will work for you but at least it's a start.

Here, PC Power & Cooling also makes some Dell specific PSU's...can't go wrong with them and they don't see to be too bad on price (the one or two I looked at anyway)
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Thanls guys!

Any recommendations for the video card? We wanna keep this around 180bucks
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishie36
You can't replace a dell power supply since they use custom mobo connections.
Yes it can be done. Hipro is the brand. They are fully compatible with Dell Computers.
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Well as im sure you know now that PSU simply cant hack running that card mate. Now usually as new Case would be needed due to the PSU sizes and the form factors of Dells cases.

This link here has Surplus PSU's for a dell machine : http://affordablesurplus.com/
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