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.