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Help choosing a new video card


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VictorL

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Hi Guys, I need some help choosing a new video/graphics card. My system specs are as follow:

Dell Studio 540
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 ( 2.40 Ghz, 1066 Mhx FSB), w/8MB Cache

4 GB DDR2 SDram 800mhz

Windows Vista 64bit

I was thinking of getting a Nvidia Geforce 260 GS but I am not sure if this card or any of nvidias newer cards would overload or adversely tax my curent MB and power supply. I am a total PC noob and would appreciate any advice.

Thank you.

VictorL

*edited for spelling*

Edited by VictorL, 08 September 2010 - 11:20 AM.

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Troy

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Hi and welcome,

What power supply is inside that Dell?

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If you have the stock DELL PSU that comes with your system (a 300/350 watts) it will limit what video card you can connect to it.

Verify your PSU and when looking for a video card look at there recommendation of minimum PSU

or buy a better PSU (500/600 watts) and you will be able to buy and install your 260 GS
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Thanks to both of you for your quick replies. I should have checked my PSU to begin with and for that I apologize. I will double check it tonight after work and post what I have. I'll will most likely do as you recommend and buy a new power supply unit.


Thanks

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VictorL

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Alzeimer you were correct I have a 350 watt PSU in my PC. thank you for your advice to check it first or I would have bought a Vid card that would have burned my pc out. anyway looks like I need a new PSU. Thank you all for your help.


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