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Old 08-12-2007, 09:33 PM   #1
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I'm going to put a 7300GS in my computer. I want a better graphics card than my X300SE, but also something affordable and something able to work on my 305W PSU. I was going to get a 7600GT but I don't have the power to run it and don't want to replace my PSU since I'm planning on building a new system in the next 6 months or so.

My question is should I get the 7300GS or are there any other cards that you'd recommend that I get instead. I don't want anything with a 300W PSU requirement because my PCI slots are maxed out and I don't want to risk overloading my PSU so something in the 250W range would be fine (my current card has that requirement and power hasn't been an issue yet).

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Old 08-12-2007, 09:56 PM   #2
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Hmm...to say the least, the 7300GS is not a great card. Personally, I wouldn't bother upgrading it. If you're going to upgrade, do it right, and put in a new PSU.

If you think you really need that extra bit of performance though, go for it.
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well my current card isn't truely dedicated and I want something that's dedicated. I don't do any heavy gaming, all the games I play are at least a year old or more. I think it should tide me over until I build a new system with a DX10 card.
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Yeah, makes sense. Especially since it's only like what, $50?
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yeah, I figure for 50 bucks it's a good deal. I'm planning on building a core 2 system with an 8800 series card hopefully. Depends on what my budget is at the time but I'm hoping to build a really good system. I'm going to use this one as a secondary system but I figured I might as well upgrade the graphics to something that won't eat my RAM when I'm playing games and will hold me over a bit longer.
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just save the extra money so you can put it in your new build, dont get too exicited and upgrade when you can save your money
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:37 PM   #7
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I've been looking around and found some better cards. They require 300W though, would I be ok to run that on a 305W PSU? or should I get a new one? I've heard that my computer even though it's a dell, you can replace the PSU in it since they don't use proprietary PSU's anymore. Should I replace the PSU or try to go through with this one? Also is it even possible to replace the PSU in a dell dimension e510?
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my old prefab used a micro atx case so a standard psu would not fin but i think that put ATX in most now.

i use to be able to run a 1.2ghz thunderbird, radeon 9250, 2x512mb ram, sound card, 2 cd-roms, 2 HDD's on a 135 watt psu from my old prefab so i think you could get a better card probably a 8600gt, there having a special on newegg on them right now
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