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Upgrading video card of XPS 410

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#1 KelThuzad0398


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Posted 02 June 2009 - 12:27 AM

I am seeking to upgrade my Dell XPS 410 machine, which currently has a nvidia 7300le video card (horrible), dual core 1.8 ghz processor, and two gigabytes of ram. A 9800gt would be excellent, because it only cost 100 dollars and it would be ample for the games I am seeking to play. However, I have, through google, found that the 375 psu may not be enough and may require upgrading, which would be another 100 dollars or more. Other people say that Dell's power supplies are underrated, and that I will be fine. I am wondering whether I could make the upgrade, or whether there is a better card.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:17 AM

Rather then post it as my own info I'll provode a link to,

"Dell XPS 410 and Geforce 8800 GTX Horror Story"


If you do decide to go with another power supply make sure it is "Dell compatible" .

I suggest looking for a video card that doesn't require "extra" [or very little extra] power.

I don't know what a good alternate nvidia card would be because I don't use them.

If it were me I'd go with a Radeon HD 2600 XT,


I have one of these, it's pretty decent as far as I'm concerned.

Or a Radeon X1650


It's a little older technologhy but has pixel shader 3 .

Either of those would be a real step up from what you have.

If you want to look for a nvidia card that doesn't require a
extra" power connector here is a pretty good list of video cards,

OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.

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