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Old 11-25-2007, 06:09 PM
SparkMan SparkMan is offline
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Default PSU upgrade?

I'm planning to install a GeForce 8600 GT into a dell inspiron 531 with its 305w psu. On the dell forums they don't think I need to upgrade the psu. Anyone have any thoughts on the subject?
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:42 PM
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Default Re: PSU upgrade?

Don't upgrade the PSU. Run kill-a-watt to see for yourself
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:12 PM
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Default Re: PSU upgrade?

What is the requirement for the card? I would imagine a number in the 8000's would require at least 350w. Changing them out isn't difficult depending on how your case is laid out.
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Old 11-26-2007, 01:02 AM
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I think its 350w but I'd have to check again. Here's a link to the discussion on the dell forum.
http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforu...=298528#M166164
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:44 AM
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Here's a list of power requirements when using various graphics cards. I'm not sure what the system setup is. There is a big difference in power usage from 2D(poker playing) to 3D gaming.
http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/05/...ide/page7.html
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Old 11-27-2007, 08:45 AM
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Why wouldn't you upgrade the PSU? Is it too expensive? I don't see the point in trying to nickel and dime your machine power wise instead of just getting a new PSU.
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