Hello all. I have a question. My puter is a Dell (i know, kick me later). My question is regarding a new video card. I have an nVidia $#@! can't remember the model now but it is poor to say the least. I am wanting to upgrade to the ATI Radeon X1600 AGP 512mb GPU. My question is regarding the PSU. It recommends 350w and my dell is 250-300. When I check thier site for compatibility it shows this card as being compatible. Am I going to run into problems with this or will I be fine running with what I have. Also looking at heat issues should I buy more fans? If so how to tell if they will fit my puter? I am tech savvy just haven't gotten into the finer details of computer building. Thanks for your time!
I would recommend upgrading the psu. You don't want to be playing along and that badboy cuts out on ya. You shouldn't need more fans. That gpu has one already on it.
'Nuff fans, me thinks. The psu could be upgraded fine and dandy, though.
EDIT: Curse you, WN!
what is the current GPU in your dell... and you have checked if its AGP right?
Yes. You don't want to buy a shiny new PCI-E or AGP card to find that you've only got PCI slots available for expansion. As regards the PSU, Dell usually use proprietary ones, so getting a new PSU with compatible fittings may pose a problem.
As I said before I am a bit technically inclined but have room to grow. Yes it is AGP. I will have to look at the PSU itself. I know it was replaced about 2yrs ago by warranty technician.