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So ya I've kinda been waiting to hear too can I or can't I change my pcu? The drive slot one was cool and all but all I saw where pci express power cord ends I'd need agp.

Well I'll try BysOn's suggestion and hope it works for me too and if it fries my mb well at lest I have a good resone to get another pc. ;-)
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Originally Posted by Freder
First off Hello and thanks. I just got a Nvidia 6800gs agp for my Dell 8300 dimension ( know computer isn't all that good but I'm poor ). Sadly My cooling fan seems unable to cope with the new card, and I think my power is being taxed a bit [305w]. I was just woundering if you guys had a power unit and fan you would recomend. Something in the low to mid price range would be nice. Thanks again to any replies

hey, I just saw your thread and I hope I can help you.

first for the PSU issue.

Dell often will use non-standard motherboards, psus, connections etc. Dell does this so that the end user will be less likely to mod things and Dell gets more sales. It makes sense from Dell's perspective, but sometimes it can be a pain in the arse for everyone else.

now, what would be different about your psu would be the atx motherboard connector. I believe some newer Dells do use standard atx 20 or 24pin psu commectors. You'll need to take a look and see if the plug looks standard or not. it it is standard you can get any standard atx psu.
some good ones to look at:
Sunbeam Nuuo - $85 - best deal for the money
OCZ powerstram 520 - $130
Seasonic S12-600 - $140 - best choice

if your mobo is not standard ATX then I believe pcpower & cooling makes some Dell replacement psus. so check their website


and on to the cooling:
my first question is what model Dell do you have? I had a Dimension 8400 that I used for a while. I upgraded the gfx card and had some issues w/ overheating. So I did a combination solution.
1. I purchased a cardfan from Dell. It is a blower fan that will attatch to your case right next to (slightly below) your gfx card and it sucks all the hot air from the area around your card and vents it right out yoru case.
2. I Installed a pci slot blower fan. (this was probably not necessary w/ the card fan... but oh well!

The card fan is specially designed to fit in Dell cases, I'm not sure what all cases it will fit, but I know it works w/ the 8400's. Also, it has the special connector (I think it's a 4 pin instead of 3pin fan connector) that plugs into the mobo.
I still have my cardfan as I sold my dell shortly after I bought it... I used the fan for about a month. PM me if you want it... as it's just stitting in the original box here.
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K think his pc was a dell 2100, the psu plugs fit perfectly everywhere no probs so if that was the only problem then i'm happy, the over heating thing hes running at 60 underload, I have sent him out for a new case with pleny of fan sockets so hopefully i should bhe alright swaping that over for him????

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Sorry, Works been Keeping me busy. It is a Dell Dimension 8300. My only issues with new fans at this point is my lack of power I was told I had a
305w power supply but I got a program to keep track of everthing that says I only have 250w supply. At this point I've been sticking with tabletop fans blowing cool air into the computer untill I find a good compatible psu.
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http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID3/436.html

Sorry, been lazy.........

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"If you currently own or are considering purchasing a desktop system from Dell you will definitely want to pay attention to this section. There is a potential booby-trap waiting to nail the unsuspecting Dell owner who decides to upgrade either the motherboard or power supply in their system. This hidden trap can cause the destruction of the motherboard, power supply or both!"
Scott Mueller, author of Upgrading and Repairing PCs.
http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/nexus.html

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**Special Note to Owners of Dell Computers:** If your Dell computer was manufactured after August 1998, it may require the use of a proprietary Dell power supply. Although the Dell power supply looks like a standard ATX, it is a non-standard PSU that cannot be replaced with a standard power supply alone. Because of this design difference your Dell Power Supply may need a Dell to ATX power supply converter in order to be replaced with any of our standard ATX Quiet Power Supplies.
Yeah, and I dont get it, a DELL 2100??? with a 7800GTX????


the connector is the same, just the POWER SUPPLY itself is diffrent.

Also, the new XPS's wont even FIT a reg ATX power supply

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Pentium 4 Dell Models that do not require a power supply adapter:
Dell Dimension 4300, 4400, 4700, 8200, 8300, OptiPlex GX 400
I guess i jumped the gun
OK, enuf about this issue....
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