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Looking to upgrade my Dell c521


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#1 binini

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 06:52 AM

I know this is a pretty basic computer and i probably should have bought a better PC in the first place but what done is done =P. The desktop has been really good to me but recently been having some problems with my graphics card and felt like it would be a good time to upgrade it. i have so far been recommended
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/nvidiageforcegraphicscards/nvidiagt220series/ENGT220DI1GD2(LP).html
and
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/nvidiageforcegraphicscards/nvidiagt210series/EN210SILENTDI512MD2(LP).html

I am also considering upgrading my processor but its not essential


i hope this is all the info you would need about my system =)

Dell website with other specs about the dell c521
http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/desktops/dimen_c521/pd.aspx?refid=dimen_c521&s=dfh&cs=22&~tab=specstab


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Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Operating System Windows 7 Professional Media Center Edition 6.1.7600
Date 2010-12-23
Time 11:40


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Windows 7 Professional Media Center Edition
OS Service Pack -
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+, 2600 MHz
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Unknown
System Memory 3072 MB
BIOS Type Award (08/02/07)

Display:
Video Adapter Radeon X1300/X1550 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) (256 MB)
Video Adapter Radeon X1300/X1550 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) (256 MB)
Monitor Dell SE198WFP(Analog) [NoDB] (DR81276805LS)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

PSU: 280 Watt DC Power Supply

Storage:
SCSI/RAID Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller WinCDEmu Virtual Bus
Disk Drive ST332062 0AS SCSI Disk Device
Disk Drive TEAC USB HS-CF Card USB Device
Disk Drive TEAC USB HS-MS Card USB Device
Disk Drive TEAC USB HS-SD Card USB Device
Disk Drive TEAC USB HS-xD/SM USB Device
Disk Drive Dell USB Mass Storage USB Device
Optical Drive Optiarc DVD+-RW AD-5170S SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown


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HDD ST332062 0AS SCSI Disk Device
Monitor DELF003: Dell SE198WFP(Analog) [NoDB]
Motherboard (BIOS Revision 1.1.11)
Motherboard 08/02/2007-C51MCP51-6A61HM39C-00
Motherboard DMIMOBO: Dell Inc 0HY175
Motherboard DMISYS: Dell Inc Dimension C521
PCI/AGP 1002-7183: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 1002-71A3: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series Secondary (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM) [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 1022-1100: AMD HyperTransport™ Configuration [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 1022-1101: AMD Address Map Configuration [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 1022-1102: AMD DRAM and HyperTransport™ Trace Mode Configuration [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 1022-1103: AMD Miscellaneous Configuration [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-0260: PCI standard ISA bridge [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-0264: NVIDIA nForce PCI System Management [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-0266: NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-0267: NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-026C: High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-026D: Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-026E: Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
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PCI/AGP 10DE-0270: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
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PCI/AGP 10DE-027E: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-027F: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02F0: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02F8: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02F9: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02FA: nForce HyperTransport Bridge [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02FB: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02FC: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02FD: PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 10DE-02FE: nForce Memory Controller [NoDB]
PCI/AGP 14E4-170C: Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:29 PM

Either of those cards would work size wise, but both require a 300W power supply to use, you have a 280W.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 03:12 PM

hmmmm ok do you know where i could get one that would fit?

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 05:17 PM

There are a number of standard ATX power supplies that would work, but your main issue is the case. The slimline case means that traditional ATX power supplies will not fit. I can easily find you a replacement power supply for that computer, but finding a higher capacity one is proving much more difficult. Slimline cases are often special designs requiring specific hardware in some cases. If you are determined to get these new graphics cards, you could simply transfer the "guts" of Dell PC into a standard mid-ATX case and get any power supply you wanted.

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 05:36 PM

Yea but the problem with that is that the mother board is a really awkward size and apparently wont fit any other case ( dell will try almost anything so you have to buy a new pc)

Quick question could an external psu be an options?

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:07 PM

It is doable, but the cables connecting the PSU to the internal equipment may be too short. If you have a Dremel tool, you may be able to cut into the case to add the PSU, but that is getting into territory I know nothing about. I would simply just buy a new case and figure out a way to move the motherboard. What kind of motherboard does that Dell use, mini-ATX or micro-ATX?

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 01:33 PM

its a micro BTX motherboard =(

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 10:07 PM

Wow, that is rare. I thought the BTX was falling out of favor? It is going to be very difficult finding a compatible power supply for that unless it uses some form of ATX or other more common standard.

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