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Video Card and Power Rig Ideas

By BozE
Feb 2, 2009
  1. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can feasibly run games like Oblivion on my Dimension E310 (no, I can't afford a real gaming system) by upgrading the video card. Current problems include only having a PCI and PCI x1 slot open and a power constraint. My specs sit at:

    1. Motherboard - Intel Pentium 4 640
    2. Graphic interface - Integrated Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
    3. Memory - 1024 MB DDR2
    4. CPU - 3.2 GHz
    5. Internal Power Supply - 230W (yes, the problem)

    The interesting thing here is that I have a spare ATX Switching Power Supply rated at 400W, (+12V at 12A listed), but I can't simply replace my current supply with it because it doesn't have some of the necessary connections for the motherboard.

    Question is, can I use the extra power supply I have to power either a new graphics card or enough of the auxiliary components like drives to run a 2nd tier card like a GeForce 7600? Obviously I could replace the factory supply, but I'm trying to see if this would work first.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Finding a power supply which is the correct size, that also fits the Dell E310 case in a way that allows full access to the power plug and the ON-OFF switch is sometimes tricky. Then the E310 is not well cooled, so you need to look at airflow with a supplemental case fan.
    Take a look at the video graphics card reviews at They have very complete reviews of all the new cards each month.... If you go back a few months, you will find the ideal card for you.
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