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Upgrading my video card


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TruHippie

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Im looking for the best video card i can get for around or under $100.

Im not exactly sure what motherboard i have I am upgrading a dell studio xps 435mt I do know it's a pci express connector

Processer: Intel Core i7 920@2.67 GHz

Power supply: just put in a Dynex DX-400WPS 400 Watt ATX PCIe SATA (yeah i cheaped out on that one gonna replace asap)

Ram: 4gb 1x4

If it helps i am taking out a ati radeon 4850

Edited by TruHippie, 28 December 2012 - 08:31 PM.

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phillpower2

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:welcome: TruHippie

For your budget http://us.ncix.com/p...ar&promoid=1033

Before making any purchase check how much room you have inside the mini tower and that you have a supplemental 6 pin pci-e connection from the PSU for the card, the card requires a 400W PSU BTW but I am not sure on the quality of the brand of PSU that you have.
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Thanks Phillpower2 I do have the 6 pin connector and should have plenty of room in the tower I'm mainly concerned about my PSU. It's labeled 400w but ive read that it doesnt actually reach 400w. It's a dynex (best buys house brand). My old PSU failed in a electrical surge (even through the surge protector) so i didnt want to spend alot on a new PSU just to find out that wasnt my only problem so i went with the dynex.
My pc is running fine with the dynex so do you think it will be fine with the 550 ti or should i upgrade my PSU first?
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You are welcome TruHippie :thumbsup:

Some links that I use to research PSUs;
http://www.realhardt...vos/Page541.htm
http://www.10stripe....d/psu/brand.php
http://www.pcmech.co...ide-inside.html

Unless I missed it I did not see a Dynex DX-400WPS listed so I am off do some further research and will post back.

Having done further research I suggest that you hold off fitting a new video card until you have a reliable - quality brand PSU that you can trust, my research led me to http://www.hardwares...y-Review/557/10

Use the links above to help choose the appropriate PSU and let us know what you are considering purchasing so that we can take a look for you.

Edited by phillpower2, 29 December 2012 - 12:52 PM.
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