Will the video card work in my PC?

Beitzel15

Distinguished
Oct 14, 2008
544
1
18,995
I have a Dell Inspiron 537 with a

Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz cpu.

2 gigs of DDR2 ram

320 gig HD

and a 300 watt power supply...

I want to get either a 8800GTS or a 9800 GTX+ to put in it so I can play games.... Would I need a bigger PSU? I just got this comp. and my dad wont let me put a new PSU in it because it will void the computers warrenty??

Whats the best video card I can get that will play modern games well?
 
efficiency of that PSU seems bad.

Apevia makes decent cases...PSUs, not so much...

At my local microcenter, OCZ seems to be having a sale for their PSUs.
Quality 500-600 watts for under $80...the prices might be comparable online.
 

Beitzel15

Distinguished
Oct 14, 2008
544
1
18,995



The PSU in the case is only 300 watts, it wont run a 8800 GTS will it? Everywhere I look, people said I'd need a bigger PSU.

Im also looking at a 4850 512mb.
 

ahslan

Distinguished
Aug 23, 2007
941
0
18,990
the 4850 will definitely require you to upgrade your psu...the best cards that wouldnt need a psu upgrade would be the hd4770, the hd4670, and the lower power version of the 9600gt
 

slick3

Distinguished
Jul 19, 2009
36
0
18,540


Can you help me out here , i have the 9800 GT from BFG , the Eco-Intelligence edition and it uses 30% less power than the regular ones. I see that you have the regular one running on a 300 watt PSU. So how is it running so far , does your computer crash when playing demanding games .... ?

Do you think I'll be able to run mine on my 300W PSU. So far everything on my PC runs perfect , games are stable and there are no crashes , what do you think ?