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andybiff

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Hi all this is my first post and i am wanting a little advice / Help on my system. i know a little about computers but not a huge amount so please bear with me.

I am wanting better graphics on my pc. have Nvidia Geforce GT220 running on Window 7 64 bit with 6Gb ram and an i7 860 2.80Ghz processor. Play Wow alot and getting 60fps on high graphics setting running at 1360x768 resolution ( best i can get through vga) throught the vga socket. trying to increase this to get ultra graphics the pc runs at 30fps. using VGA output from card to samsung 23" LCD TV tried hdmi output has fuzzy text no matter what resolution i get and i can seem to fix it.

Would upgrading my graphics card help me with this? and would anyone reccommend one. dont want to get top of the range but willing to spend some good cash on it.

any help would be appreciated
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phillpower2

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Hi andybiff :D
What PSU do you have at present, any potential card you may intend to purchase may have a minimum power requirement of 400W and 25A on the +12V rail for example, this means that you would need something like a 550W PSU to give you some headroom, below is a card for you to consider;
http://www.novatech....ch/nov-450.html if you read the cards details you will see that it needs a minimum of 500W power and X2 pci-e X6 pin power connections below is a cheaper option but I don`t consider this as a gaming card http://www.novatech....nov-gt4301.html you can use a PSU calculator to get an idea of what size output PSU you need;
http://www.antec.outervision.com/
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Ahhhright the PSU in my system os only 350W so looks like i need to rip it out and install a new one. [bleep] dell installing the bare minimum into your pc.

Anything on the fuzzy text on the hdmi output. i have tried all the possible display settings but none make it any better and some even push the icons off the side of the display

thanks for the advice. looks like ill have to save a bit more for a PSU and a new graphics card
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Ah the dreaded Dell generic poor quality PSU, most if not all of the branded names are guilty of this as it keeps build costs down, they don`t care when they`re sold they then try and sell the same inferior quality replacement parts to the poor customer.
I am thinking it is your PSU being weak that is causing this and this would seem to be supported by some info I have looked at, I know you are in the UK but if you need to know details about a potential purchase use the Newegg site to get the required info, I have just picked out a random model of your card; http://www.newegg.co...5-295-_-Product
clicked on the details tab and it tells you that a minimum 450W PSU or Greater is needed to support the card.
Your specs says Nvidia Geforce GT220, that is the GPU manufacturer but not always the actual card manufacturer, does your GFX card have another brand name on it such as Sparkle, Palit or Gigabyte for example, if you let us have this info we can look into the cards PSU requirements.


Edit: Additional info, looked at 2 other brands of your card and got different PSU requirements.
Requires a minimum of 300W leaving you with 50W headroom;
http://www.newegg.co...7-094-_-Product
Requires 350W leaving you with no headroom; http://www.newegg.co...0-446-_-Product
Dell have most likely fitted a card that requires 300 or 350W, that would be bad enough even if they used a good well known brand of PSU such as Antec or Corsair.

Edited by phillpower2, 09 January 2011 - 05:29 AM.

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