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22-07-2009, 12:21 PM
Heya people, OK i need to upgrade my Dell XPS 420 as my graphics card burnt out on me a few weeks back it was a nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS (256).

So i have been looking at upgrading but hit a snag looking at new cards, they all require a new power source. The in built dell one is 375 watt, looking at the new 512 i want i need a min 500 watt (i think).

So this is where you come in please, what power source does the following card need (if you can link one that would be great).


Also i am upgrading from the 3gig i currently have to 4+ gig are these any good and for a 32 bit vista machine and do you recommend 4 or 8 gig?


Thanks for your time all.

22-07-2009, 03:22 PM
at that price of card I would go with


Also there is no point upgrading your ram to 4gig (unless its not in Dual channal, 2 or 4 sticks in each slot even then its not a mad speed upgrade) as 32bit can't allocate more than 4gig total (that includes, memory from graphics cards and other locations)

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/550w-Corsair-VX-Series-PSU-ATX-PS-2-5-year-Warranty-see-specs should be more than enough, I highly recommend Corsair PSU's.

22-07-2009, 03:43 PM
Or anything nonpassive from BeQuiet or Tagan. Some series from Antec are good shits too.

And Flawless is right, with 3gigs already, more RAM won't help on 32bit OS.

22-07-2009, 07:05 PM
Thanks both, went with the recommendations from Flawless, but i stuck with the ram as the 3 gig I got is dell cheap arse stuff 2x 1gig and 2x 512 sticks i'd rather have the 2x2gig sticks. That power supply is nice though, just need someone to fit it for me :)