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Ryojin

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#1 3 years ago

My computer is in need of a new video card. Right now I've got a ATI Radeon HD 2600XT. I need something that will fit in that same slot.

Power is also a concern, as I do not want to have to upgrade my power supply as well unless I absolutely have to. Unfortunately, I do not know much about power supply units, so I don't know which cards mine can handle or not. What I can do, however, is get some info off of the device itself. I just need to know what information is relevant and what is not.

Might help in saying that my computer is a basic Dell XPS420 desktop with some upgraded components, such as RAM.


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#2 3 years ago

RE: Power Supply-- we need total output in Watt and the output in the 12v rail(s). The information should be labelled on the PSU.




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#3 3 years ago
NeoRanger;5755372RE: Power Supply-- we need total output in Watt and the output in the 12v rail(s). The information should be labelled on the PSU.

Since I really have no idea what is what here, I'll just post an image of the label on the PSU.

PSU.jpg

Lemme know if the information needed is obscured by the flash of my camera. I didn't notice how much harder it made it to read those numbers until just now.


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#4 3 years ago

No, it's okay I got it. What's the intended use? Obviously gaming, but how dedicated? Also what's the CPU?




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#5 3 years ago

NeoRanger;5755375No, it's okay I got it. What's the intended use? Obviously gaming, but how dedicated? [/QUOTE]

Primary usage would be gaming. Sometimes I do some graphics stuff with Photoshop and Maya, but that isn't my focus here.

[QUOTE=NeoRanger;5755375]Also what's the CPU?

To directly quote dxdiag here:

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz

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#6 3 years ago

You'll struggle to get a decent card for gaming IMO on that PSU. You'll be sidestepping really. It's a 375W PSU and it will have lost some of that over time. If you put anything remotely powerful in there I can see system instability issues occurring due to the PSU not being able to feed the card.

Your CPU is also quite old and you'll hit bottlenecks there anyway I'd imagine in many games.

You might get away with something like a GTX 750, depending on how much room you have in your case, and you'd probably see some improvements in gaming performance, but personally I'd save up for a new system altogether.


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FileTrekker;5755384You'll struggle to get a decent card for gaming IMO on that PSU. You'll be sidestepping really. It's a 375W PSU and it will have lost some of that over time. If you put anything remotely powerful in there I can see system instability issues occurring due to the PSU not being able to feed the card.

Your CPU is also quite old and you'll hit bottlenecks there anyway I'd imagine in many games.

You might get away with something like a GTX 750, depending on how much room you have in your case, and you'd probably see some improvements in gaming performance, but personally I'd save up for a new system altogether.

Well, someone wants to get me a new video card for Christmas, not an entirely new computer. I could prolly get a new PSU, but I know pretty much nothing about them. I don't even really know where to begin, to be honest. As for my CPU... Well, it hasn't given me any major problems so far. It works well with the game I play now. I just want to be able to play those games in higher quality.

The gtx750 takes up the space of two slots, right? I think I have the space for that. That was actually the one my friend recommended to me some time ago when getting a card was not a possibility for me, but I had forgotten which one he had said.


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#8 3 years ago

Ryojin;5755389Well, someone wants to get me a new video card for Christmas, not an entirely new computer. I could prolly get a new PSU, but I know pretty much nothing about them. I don't even really know where to begin, to be honest. As for my CPU... Well, it hasn't given me any major problems so far. It works well with the game I play now. I just want to be able to play those games in higher quality.

The gtx750 takes up the space of two slots, right? I think I have the space for that. That was actually the one my friend recommended to me some time ago when getting a card was not a possibility for me, but I had forgotten which one he had said.

Yeah, it would take up the space of two slots, also worth considering the length of the card too, some of them can be quite long and may foul things like HDD bays or even connections on the motherboard, depending on what it is, I always have a headache fitting big graphics cards.

I think you may get away with the 750 and notice a massive improvement in your current games, and be ok with the PSU you have, but I would stick your PC specifications plus the new graphics card you want into this ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator and see what it reccomends.

A new PSU isn't going to set you back too much and, if you're going for the 750 you may be more comfortable with a 500w PSU. They're quite cheap these days. Re-wiring is always a bit of a pain in the ass of course but it's just one of those things.


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#9 3 years ago

wait how big is the Geforce 750, I have mini-ATX motherboard (Asus a55bm-plus) in my computer. Is that going to fit? I have 650 in there. Like OP I'm getting the Gefroce 750ti for xmas.


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#10 3 years ago
Primarch Vulkan;5755510wait how big is the Geforce 750, I have mini-ATX motherboard (Asus a55bm-plus) in my computer. Is that going to fit? I have 650 in there. Like OP I'm getting the Gefroce 750ti for xmas.

Depends which one you're getting. They're all different. Who makes the one you're getting? How big is your case?


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