View Full Version : Do I need to upgrade my PSU?

08-09-2005, 06:25 AM
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.

08-09-2005, 07:18 AM
try to run your 6600 with stock psu, and if stable, use that untill you save enough dough for the psu that you cant buy right now. gl

08-09-2005, 07:25 AM
That's why you don't go with Dell for a desktop PC if you can't build it...

If the PSU isn't sufficient, your out of luck. Your motherboard won't work with a non-Dell PSU at all.

I wouldn't worry about it, though. I'd say there's a good chance it'll be enough.

08-09-2005, 08:55 AM
Use a non-Dell PSU in a Dell PC, or a Dell PSU in a non-Dell PC, and it is magic smoke time! Bluntly, you WILL destroy the mainboard and the PSU. Dell swapped over a few of the power leads but still use the standard connectors.

It's a conspiracy from Dell to keep you buying their overpriced and underspecced hardware. Dells are fine office PCs, but woefully inadequate gaming rigs unless lots of $$$$ are spent.

08-09-2005, 09:00 AM
thanks a lot, guys. I guess I have no choice but see if the current psu will work. hope it will handle the 6600gt well.

08-10-2005, 12:14 AM
if you could get your hands on an old AT power supply - you could run your video card (or other less essential components) off of that - off course it may have to sit outside of your case, but it would be cheaper than buying the Dell PS