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Adding RAM to a Dell.

By wibtr
Sep 24, 2007
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  1. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Fair enough. This is what some people do (I did)
    When you order your system get the lowest-cost option for the video card. This will be your back-up card.
    Order the card you want for less from someone like Newegg, TD, or whoever you prefer.
    8600GT you can find for $100
    8600GTS you can find for $150 or so and get the card you want with what specs you want on it.

    Good luck
     
  2. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    What is the maximum wattage I can get away with? The Dell I'm getting is 300 watts, as we all know.. You suggested a 350 watt card, and said a 450 would be too much. What is the maximum watts I can get away with? 350? 400?

    Should I get one with DX10 capability? I am getting Vista.
     
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Your 531 is the replacement for my 521.
    I don't know the specs of that psu other than it's 300w.
    My 521 had a 305w @ 22amps which translates to being able to run up to and including the 7950GT or 8600GTS with the stock psu. ATI ? All I know about ati is they use more power than Nvidia's.
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    google PSU calculator. Add 30% to the total. This is what you will need.
     
  5. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Thanks for the help guys. I hope I'm not a pest.:blush: A few last questions before I purchase. Should I bother upgrading the sound card option? And, again on the video card. I assume a 256mb 256 bit, is better than a 256mb 128 bit. I am looking at this card right now. A 7900. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814133186 Either that, or the 8600gts. What would you guys get?
     
  6. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Instead of a 7900GS try the 7600GT. It has some better core clocks speed as well as the memory clock. I don't know what the difference between the 128bit and 256bit (I would assume that the 256 is better) but the 7600GT is cheaper and has the better clock speeds, but it only has the 128bit. Again don't know the difference but since the 7600GT is cheaper and its got some better clock speeds I would go with that.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    I think your mistaken:

    http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=385&card2=443

    You have to take all factors into consideration
    #1
    7600GT has a 128bit memory bus
    7900GS has a 256bit memory bus
     
  8. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Rookie Posts: 320

    But I did, I said that I didn't know the difference between the 128bit and 256bit and said that I assumed 256bit is better. Then I went on to say that I thought the 7600GT is better. But I was saying get that because of the better clock speeds. I did say that I didn't know about the 128bit and 256bit so I can be corrected if I am getting it wrong.
     
  9. wibtr

    wibtr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Should I go with the 8600gts or 7900gs? 7900GS is 256 bit compared to 8600gts 128 bit. But the GTS outperforms it in other areas.
     
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