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Old 10-26-2011, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default Upgrading my Dell Inspiron 570 Video card questions?

Hi I'm new to the forums and my names Lam. I have some questions about if the video card that I'm thinking about buying can run on my Dell Inspiron 570 without any problems.
My Computer Specs:
300 Watt Power Supply
6 Gigs of Ram
Dual core 2.8 ghz processors Amd Athlon
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The video I'm thinking about buying is:
Newegg.com - HIS H667FS1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:44 AM   #2
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that will run on your machine without problems.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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if your going to keep upgrading your parts in your dell, i would suggest you getting a more power PSU.
the GPU's nowadays use up a lot of wattage just to run it, so its always nice to have good headspace within your power wattage.
500w~600w is usually more than enough, but i dont think 300w isnt going to cut it after awhile...
here are some stuff you can look into:
Eio.com - Power Supply, Computer Power Supply, Uninterruptible Power Supply, DC Power Supply, PC Power Supply, ATX Power Supply
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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This is probably my last upgrade to my computer except i might also change my processor and thats probably it so should i still upgrade my psu?
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if youre looking to upgrade your CPU then you should definitely consider upgrading your PSU.. something not too fancy, but something with more but not too crazy. under a budget, maybe.
better cpu & better gpu will definitely eat up more wattage. you should look into it more before making upgrades.
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But for now can i continue to use my 300 watt psu and buy the video card that i linked?
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i will say yes. you migh experience some peek power issues, but i dont think you are gonna notice anything.
your computer is kinda old and does not use too much power. and that new graphic card is also on the low side of power-use.
so go for it. was it a better graphic card then i would have sayd no. but dont bother any more upgrades.
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I completely and wholeheartedly DISAGREE with the power supply assessment. the 6670 requires a minimum of a 400 watt power supply, and for as good as Dell is, even that 300 watt unit won't run it for long.
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when i am gaming i dont use much more then 340W. i know there is power peeks, but he's computer is way slower then mine.
i think it will work, but ofcause i dont recommend it.
my old DELL computer was also upgraded to what it could be. it also had a 300W PSU, and it did run 4gb RAM a 9800gt a Pentium 4 3ghz.
i could fell some lag spikes some times and i am pretty sure it was the power peeks, but it was still a much more powerfull machine then before. even if i did not get 100% the performance it was still worth it.
but he might want to get a lower powered graphic card.
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A 300 Watt OEM power supply is wholly inadequate, and if the OP upgrades to that video card, they sign a death sentence for the rest of the system. It will work for a bit, sure, but the power supply will be stressed out.

What you pull at the wall vs what the power supply delivers to the system is a BIG difference.
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