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Thread: Do I need to upgrade my PSU?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    Unhappy Do I need to upgrade my PSU?

    Dimension 8300, PSU 305W, video card upgrade from Geforce 5200 to BFG Geforce6600 GT OC( minimum power 350W). I just got the card from ebay for $160, and I've bought a 430w power supply made by Antec for $78. But I just found out that the standard Antec PSU doesnot fit the Dell Case, I mean no any others will fit unless you spend $134.10 + $5.00 shipping for Turbo-Cool 425w Dell. The price is almost the same as the video card I got, it's just ridiculous, and seems it is the only PUS you can get for Dell pc in the world. I really don't know what to do. I dont have that much money to spend on a PUS after i got the video card. Why can't dell use standard design so I can have a right to choose what i want? Is there actually any solution to this? I heard that some people use 250w Dell PSU to run 6600GT, can i do the same since I have 305W PSU? If I do so, will that damage my pc and the new video card? Should I spend $25 to get a stander pc case and just thought the dell logo away? what if the dell motherboard is not standard either? God...Anyone please give me some advice.
    Dell Dimension 8300
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (SP2)
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4E CPU 3.00GHz//FSB :800MHz
    System BIOS : Dell Computer Corporation A07
    Chipset: Dell 82875P
    512MB 3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Floppy disk drive
    WDC WD1200JD-75GBB0 (112GB)
    HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8162B (CD 48X Rd) (DVD 6X Rd)
    SONY CD-RW CRX216E (CD 176X Rd, 48X Wr)
    Keyboard : Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse : PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Creative SB Live! Series (WDM)
    Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem
    EPSON Stylus CX6400
    Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
    305W PSU

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Fincastle, IN, USA

    Default Re: Do I need to upgrade my PSU?

    The motherboards are not standard either. Its all so you can't take their PC's and do things to them yourself.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: Do I need to upgrade my PSU?

    NEVER NEVER NEVER buy a dell again. Learn from this and don't repeat your mistake again. That being said, if you need more power, either bite the bullet and buy a higher rated unit from dell, or bite the bullet and buy a new PC that is not branded, ie. dell, compaq, hp, etc... The only option you have right now is to install it and hope it works. Then start saving for a new PS.
    Last edited by casecutter; 08-19-2005 at 02:39 AM.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

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