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NIC Failure after new Power Supply, Graphics Card Install

Q: NIC Failure after new Power Supply, Graphics Card Install

After my graphics card died, I installed a new nVidea GeForce 8800GT, and a 470 Watt Dell-compatible power supoply to replace the 350 Watt factory-installed Power supply to support it on my Dell Dimension 8400.

WHen I boot, the embedded Broadcom NetExtreme 57xx network adapter fails to initialize. The message is:
Alert! Error initializing PCI Express NIC bridge.
NIC failure"

I followed the Dell support recommendation to refresh the power state without any success. I have checked the Power supply connections and all seems right. The light coming off the network cable is orange. I'm connecting to hte INternet via a wireless adapter, but clearly that's not a solution.

In addiiton, a possible related problem comes when I attemtp to upgrade to Vista. In the first restart during the install, I get a blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the screne after the Dell splash screen, apparently aborting the install. I've reverted to early OS (XP) at boot.

APpreciate any ideas.


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Hey so like the title says im a looking to replace my integrated graphics card and i also need a new power supply since the 300w one i have now is too weak. My computer is not high end or anything bought 2-3 years ago for like 500$ and ran most things smoothly but now some games that are coming out my computer is having a hard time running them and i useally get bad FPS so here are some specifications.

My computer is a Gateway Dx4300-05
Motherboard model is Gateway RS780
DDR2 Memory

The graphics card i was looking to buy is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150485

and the power supply i have not decided on but anything that works really. i was looking at some of these so i would greatly appreciate it if someone could find me a cheap power supply that would work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...0007657 600014019&IsNodeId=1&name=401W - 450W

So basically what im trying to say is I dont want to go buy all this stuff wait a week for it to get here and find out it wont work with my computer so if anyone can clear some things up like what i need or any kind of suggestion to make this work or even tell me that all of this is fine and should work that would be great. Btw i am no expert on computers lol so try to put things in simple terms for me =P

A:Need help want to install new Graphics card and power supply.

never mind of the graphics card it was not low profile. Guys anyone have a suggestion of a low profile card in 70-80$ range that will work with my computer?

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I have an enquiry relating to video cards. In order to do my job, I need to get a card with at least 512MB of VRAM, preferably 2GB. However, the ones I've found online use 300w What's the maximum watts that I can use with my Lenovo H520s? And what would happen if I used a 300w video card in it? 
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A:What graphics card will my H520s power supply support (PSU, power calculator)

Use a power supply calculator to get a accurate calculation of your power requirements.   Graphics card manufacturers have to figure a worst case scenario when giving power requirements.
Mod:  removed the Newegg calculator, which only gives a recommended psu size, rather than a power calculation.   The CoolerMaster gives both. 

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I have an enquiry relating to video cards. In order to do my job, I need to get a card with at least 512MB of VRAM, preferably 2GB. However, the ones I've found online use 300w What's the maximum watts that I can use with my Lenovo H520s? And what would happen if I used a 300w video card in it? 
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A:What graphics card will my power supply support (PSU, power calculator)

Use a power supply calculator to get a accurate calculation of your power requirements.   Graphics card manufacturers have to figure a worst case scenario when giving power requirements.
Newegg - Power Supply Calculator

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Hi, I have a windows 7 PC (eMachines ET1831), it has an integrated graphics card:
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
Chip type: GeForce 7050 / nForce 620i
I am an amateur when it comes to computer hardware, but I am tired of playing games with very low graphics settings. I am hoping to be able to have smoother game-play with medium settings. So I'm looking for a budget upgrade (less than £65 ($100)), but my PC only has a 250W power supply.

Question: Will the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5450 work with only a 250W power supply?

Is is possible to simply upgrade a power supply like I would a graphics card?

Any help will be appreciated.

A:Graphics card power supply

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So I've got a mostly custom built pc, its motherboard has everything built in(Graphics.etc) but im looking to upgrade to this for graphics:
I have two questions:
1. I have a 500w psu currently, will I have to upgrade, and by how much.
2.how will I take of the built in graphics on the motherboard.

And also, are there any reccomendations for a better psu

A:Power Supply Vs Graphics Card

Product Description
Technology:GDDR5 SDRAM, Size:3 GB, Bus Width:384-bit, Effective Clock Speed:6.4 GHz, Width:4.2 cm, Depth:31.1 cm, Package Type:Retail, Height:15 cm, Cables Included:1 x DVI-VGA adapter, Peripheral / Interface Devices:Two 8-pin power connectors, Required Power Supply:750 WClick to expand...

your link clearly states that a 750w PSU is required.

you can use any of these online power supply calculators:
newegg(store) calculator(power supply requirement)
outervision calculator

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A few days ago my PC shut-down, as did one of the fuses for the house. This was accompanied by a nasty burning, ozone smell. I reset the fuse, plugged in the pc, and the tower wouldn't light up. The monitor and speakers, on the same cord board, powered up, but not the tower.
I cleaned out all the dust I could find, and tried again, but no luck. I couldn't find any burn marks, but I figured it must be the PSU. So I ordered a Sonata 3 complete with an earthpower 500 watt PSU.
My new stuff arrived today, and I began pulling out my mobo to put it into the new tower, when I found a loose component rolling around in the old tower. To my ignorant eyes it looks like a tiny capacitor and it has written on the top:
There are three more of these on my Asus 7900GT, so I figure that must be where it came from, but this leaves me with two questions.
1/ Would this missing component cause the whole PC to not start up? Have I found the cause of the problem and can I assume the old PSU is still ?
2/ Can this component be soldered back on, or I do I need a new graphics card?

A:Power supply or graphics card?

You have nothing to lose trying to solder the capacitor back, if you can find the spot it was in previously, do you? I would assume the fix is not going to work, but it's worth a shot, I would try doing it.
The old PSU is most probably a goner. The loose capacitor would cause no video output, but wouldn't prevent the system from booting.

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before i had a geforce fx 5200 256mb pci and a jeantech quality 300w power supply and i kept having problems of my ocmputer shutting down on games and applications well now i have a connect 3d ati radeon 9600 256mb agp 8x and a jeantech quality 500w poer supply and my computer still shuts down on stuff well i only tried it once on 3dmark 2001 se and i have to say up to when it shut down there was great performance it blown my fx5200 right out of the sky, anyway it shut down on what i think was the 7th test (nature or somthing were there is a bridge goign over a river and a man fishing and then it was doing 47fps (19fps on the fx 5200) and then the comptuer just shut down now this radeon 9600 has a big heatsink on it covering the memory and its a very complex heatsink but has no fan on wich it doesent really need if it doe snot have one on now whats could be causing the shut down becouse i aint overclocked my card yet but i am going to overclock it when i get a fan for it.

A:net graphics card and power supply

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So yeah, its my fault for not doing the proper research. I recently bought the Geforce GTX 660ti without knowing the proper required specs for the power supply wattage. The minimum amount is 450W for the card, and the computer I have is a HPE 400f, and the wattage is only 300. I don't want to install it now and have it burn out my computer. What should I do? Is it easy to buy an upgrade for an HPE power supply? Or should I just get a different graphics card? I don't think I can return it because I bought it from Tigerdirect and they only accept returns for certain products and video cards aren't included. Also I don't think it came with the right amount of PCI pins. One has six while the other only has five? Anyways, what should I do?

A:Oh what should I do.. graphics card/power supply Q

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I want to get a ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series with 512 MB VRAM video card but my system's power supply is only 425 watts. Can I still install the card?

A:Graphics Card & Power Supply

If it is the computer in the specs ablove I wouldn't
take the chance.
You're already pulling a good load there and if that
power supply came with the computer or the case
it is probably running it's max load now.

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I have just purchased a new graphics card (XFX Geforce 7900GT) for my rig and as i was opening up the packaging last night I noticed it said 'connect the power dongle'.

This is my first PCI-E card and before I install it I wanted to know if I could use one of the standard power connectors (coming from the power supply within the rig, like those that I plug into a HDD or DVD drive) and plug that into the graphics card, or whether the card had to plug in somewhere else on the motherboard (though I don't know where).

Also - is this power connector optional or integral to the graphics card's performance.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:graphics card power supply

You DEFINITELY need to use the power connector. It is not optional. That is a high-end card that needs alot of juice to run. Just plug in a spare Molex connector from your power supply (same type that goes into a CD drive or hard drive). If you don't have a spare connector, use the splitter (aka: dongle) that came with your card and run it from one of your other connectors.

BTW - enjoy that card!

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I am thinking of ordering this card after my 8600Gt died a few days ago. Will a Arctic Power 500W PSU be enough to run it? The reat of my specs are:

AMD Athlon x2 6000+
2.5gb RAM

Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI Dual slot cooler HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer

A:Graphics card power supply

Hi ToonArmy,

Here is the official system requirements for the HD 4850 graphics card. Note the power requirement. You should be OK with your existing PSU, however you will be running fairly near its maximum rating with very little room, if any, for further system expansion. I suggest that you upgrade your PSU to at least 650 Watts.

(Note: Because this is an image, if you wish to follow the link in green, you will need to type the address manually.)

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My computer only connects to the screen sometimes.

I just put all the hardware from and older tower case into a new one. I connected it to a monitor via HDMI and everything seemed fine at first. I reformatted the operating system from windows vista to windows 10 and everything was in working order. Then one day I started up my computer as usual (it had been working normally for about a week to two weeks now) and the monitor went to sleep like the computer wasn?t on. I thought it might be an issue with the cord or monitor so I switched out the HDMI cord and made sure that the monitor/cord worked with another computer (in this case my girlfriend?s laptop) and they worked fine. Upon reconnecting it to my computer nothing changed. I tried going through a lot of forum posts (I cleaned my ram sticks, tried booting with only one stick in different slots, cleaned my graphics card and tried plugging and unplugging everything. Nothing worked so after troubleshooting for about 4 hours I switched off the PC with the switch on the power supply and let it sit overnight until my friend who is a bit more experienced with computers came over to look at it. We switched it back on and it booted like nothing was wrong and it ran perfectly as far as we could tell. I thought it might be a driver issue because of the reformatting so I updated my nvidia drivers and left it at that. It?s been a reoccurring problem since then, sometimes I turn off my computer or the power accidentally gets unp... Read more

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Right I have a 550ti but only a 300w power supply. My performance is shocking on it.
Is this cause my power supply?
It's recommended to have a 400w +
Also my processor is only at like 70-80% use

A:Graphics card and power supply

You need to upgrade your Power Supply ASAP. You are putting a strain on that low-end one.

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I am looking to get a new graphics card for my computer because atm it has integrated graphics, which as most of you know sucks. The power supply is 250W which I doubt would be enough to have a whole new graphics card implemented. The model is p6166f. The mother board has this for a graphics card slot PCI express 16x GPU. Please give me suggestions, I am looking to spend approximately 150 - 200 $ total.

A:Looking for new Graphics card and Power supply

We need to know who made your system. How old is your system?

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I have a M11BB Desktop from ASUS: http://www.asus.com/Desktops/M11BB/
And was wondering if this graphics card
Would fit, And if I also added http://www.amazon.com/Xpp725-ps-Cros...s=power+supply
Would the power supply fit so the graphics card could work with my computer?

A:Graphics card and Power supply

Closing duplicate thread too: http://forums.techguy.org/games/1131261-will-graphics-card-fit-help.html

Please continue to post to your other thread.

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Hey guys,

My computer has one AGP slot open, so I ordered the VisionTek Radeon 2400 Pro 512MB DDR2 AGP Graphics Card from Circuit City.

I just found out that it needs a 270W supply from my onboard power supply. The card achieves this through a 4-pin molex connector, so I would like to know if my power supply can even support the graphics card.

On the label, the power supply says:

Output: Total 295.4W max; +12V, +12Vsp Total 209W max

If anyone can tell me if my power supply can support my will-be graphics card, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you!

A:Power supply sufficient for Graphics Card?

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Power supply
Novatech 800W ATX Power Supply for AMD and Intel Motherboards 20Pin + 4Pin | NOV-PSU800

Graphics card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Aria Technology


A:Will this Power supply work with this graphics card?

Power rating wise yeah, it's more than enough.

You might want to look at this though - How to Pick the Right Power Supply

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Hi I would like to know what Graphics card I can get to cheap to play games like Diablo 3. Not even on high but just enough to play it without any lag. Basically I want the cheapest solution possible.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 840T Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 10 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5887 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 942353 MB, Free - 849229 MB; D: Total - 11412 MB, Free - 1394 MB;
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
Antivirus: None


If you look in the link my power supply is 250w only so try to keep it within that range.

A:Suggestions On Graphics Card/Power Supply

Go here, then click the "Download Program" button and allow the HardwareProfiler.exe file to run.

Once the scan and analysis is finished, a new window will appear.

Click the "Power Analysis" button. It'll show you the minimum power supply rating, based on your current hardware.

When you consider the additional load of a more powerful graphics card and hard-core gaming, you'll see that the current 250 watt power supply won't do it.


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Hey all! first post and all, i hope you can shed some light on a rather unusual situation. . . .
I am running on a Dell , 1.8 mhz, 716 ram, 2 hard drives, and the defalt power supply and graphics card(which is not integrated, but really crappy bourd on a PCI slot).
Now, the problem: At seemingly random times, my computer freezes and goes blank, or freezes and resets. There is no warning, however, it seems that it is during periods of high activity, although not for sure. OFten when i click to run a program it will just *poof* reset.
My initial assumption was overheating by either the graphics card or CPU. I opened up the case and had it run like that, but the problem persisted.
I also suspected the graphics card - perhaps something was wrong with it?
Now, I do not know when the first one of these happened, or what started it. I dont belive it had anything to do with any recently-installed programs.
I am looking at a new graphics cards, but before i buy, I wanted to see if it could be my power supply. I do not have any experience dealing with them, however, and dont even know where to start.
Any tips, pointers, comments, or advice welcome!
Thanks alot!


A:PC Shutting Down, either power supply or Graphics card . . .

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So at the moment I have the 'Cooler Master Silent Pro M600' 600 watt power supply and would like to connect it to my RX 580 which requires an 8 pin (6+2 ) connector. Unfortunately though, my power supply only has two 6-pin connectors. Is there a way to still plug it in?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Connecting power supply to RX 580 graphics card

I think this is what you are looking for however are you sure the card did not come with an adapter?

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Ok, I am on a small budget, and it will be a little while before I get anything, but I need help deciding something.

I recieved a mobo that supports P4 cpu, PCI-Ex16, etc.
(I know it is outdated by a good bit, but I got it free)

I need a power supply that will power a 9600gt, and have decided it will be one of these two:

Ultra 650watt, 32amps on the 12 volt rail (I think, I'm still learning about Power Supplies)

PC Power and Cooling 500 watts, with 35amps on the 12 volt rail:

I know 2 people who have gotten Ultras, and love em, but yeah, doing research I found that the PC Power and Cooling company is supposed to be pretty good.

Graphics wise, would the 9600 or 8800GT be the better choice? From what I have seen the 9600 competes with the 8800, but I want your opinions.

A:Power Supply and Graphics Card Decision

The 9600GT usually scores 3 or 4 fps lower even though it's $50 less than the 8800GT. It also produces less heat and uses less power. 8800GT is just a little bit more powerful for $200 while the the 9600GT is 99% as good for $150. I would go with the 9600 as it really, really gives you bang for your buck. And it isn't as hot as other graphics cards. And I believe that how it works is that a lot of amps on a single 12v rail is better than few amps on a couple of 12v rails. So I would get the PC power and cooling PSU.

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So today my dad bought me a new graphics card (Geforce 6800gs AGP) and he installed it into my pc
The card has a power supply cable supplied which needs to be plugged into the power source, however the normal cable colour for the power supply (red, black, and something else) is different to the cable colour for the graphics card (brown, black and the same something else)
is this completely fine, and we can use it? or is there something i need <_<

A:Power supply cable for my graphics card

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My brother got me a GeForce GTX 460 SE without realizing that I didn't have enough power in my power supply. So my question is: can I upgrade my power supply? I have an HP Pavillion Elite 350t (HPE-350t). Or if I can't upgrade it, do you have any good recommendations for a 300w power supply? The best ones for the Sims 3 & expansions seem to need more power, or are no longer supported by EA - at least ones from Nvidia, I still need to check ATI, but I've always used Nvidia cards, so I'm more comfortable with them. I've been working on this for weeks, and I can't get straight answers from people I know, so my PC's just sitting in my room, open, as I was working on it for a long time and don't want to close it up until this is all figured out. Thank goodness I have my Macbook, lol.

Thanks for any help I can get.

If it helps, I do watch movies on it, edit/record video, edit photos, etc. I also sometimes record audio. Do you want me to post any specs? I can also post pics of the inside of the PC if it'll help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8151 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 315, 512 Mb [no longer works well with my games]
Hard Drives: C: Total - 941857 MB, Free - 769925 MB; D: Total - 11908 MB, Free - 1451 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, 2A9C, 1.0, ... Read more

A:Am I able to upgrade my power supply to use a new graphics card?

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ok - so i'm looking at the rosewill rp500-2 atx12v v2.01 for 60$ on newegg simply because i searched by "best reviews" and it came up as the 1st 500w supply but how do i know if it will fit in my case? are power supplys pretty much standard size?

also i'm looking at the gecube radeon hd 2600pro 512mb agp (93$ newegg) also because of its' high reviews for a agp card which is apparently what i need. it calls for 400w and my system has 235w, hence the rosewill.

any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated...thanks.

here is what i am working with...(note the geforce 200mx card...just not cutting it!)

Compaq P/N : 470033-291
Standard Features
Dimensions & Weights
(L x W x H) Unit: 16.55" x 6.88" x 14.5" (23.8 lbs)
Package: 23.20" x 13.0" x 23.50" (37.9 lbs)
Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor - 1800 MHz (1.8GHz)
System Bus 400 MHz System Bus
Cache 12K micro-op trace cache
8KB L1 Advanced Transfer Cache
256KB L2 Advanced Transfer Cache
System Memory 512MB 266MHz DDR DRAM
2 Total DIMM Slots Upgradeable to 1.0GB (DDR DRAM DIMM required)
Hard Drive 80.0 GB UltraDMA Hard Drive
Optical Drive(s) 16X DVD-ROM Drive
24X CD-RW Drive
Communications 56K ITU V.90 Modem and Integrated 10/100 Ethernet Networking
Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB Diskette drive
Graphics 64MB SDR NVIDIA™ GeForce2™ MX200 W/TV-Out Graphics Card:
64-bit hardware-accelerated 3D graphics
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A:power supply and graphics card upgrade

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I added a 2t harddrive last year and it works great. I have been going on to second life and have problems with freezing and a slow fps. I never crash I have a very fast internet. I read a post from a guy that upgraded his power supply and graphics card but that was 5 years ago. Can I get an upgraded answer for this. thank you, Jogan516

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Hi Lenovo, I've recently been trying to upgrade my H30-50s graphics card. In fact, I've bought the wrong card twice from misguided advice. Ended up buying 2 cards that were 12cm instead of the needed 7cm or so. Believe me, that's been frustrating enough. Anyway, I've finally found a card that'll fit. It's MSI's low profile 750ti. Its got plenty of power. Looks great. Hopefully should fit. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Nvidia-750Ti-Graphics-Dvi-D/dp/B00ZA1IFGA/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8... Wattage on Amazon says 400W. Wattage on Nvidia website says 300W. As far as I'm aware, the H30-50 has a 240W PSU? Is this graphics card an absolute no-go? I have the i3-4160 model. 12gb ram, upgraded with 8gb recently. 1TB HDD.  If this is not a possibility, is it possible to upgrade the PSU considering how slimline these pcs are? I'd much rather find a new PSU than have to try and find another, decent specification, low profile graphics card. Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Lenovo H30-50 Power Supply for Graphics Card

Good day and welcome to the community.
Have you seen the discussion in this solved thread?https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-E-H-K-M-Q-Y-and-ErazerX/H30-50-upgrade-graphics-card/m-p/2267755

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But not sure my other hardware support the P.S and G.C that im going to change.
So this is my computer information
Field Value
Computer TypeACPI x64-based PC (Mobile)
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
OS Service Pack[ TRIAL VERSION ]
Internet Explorer9.0.8112.16421 (IE 9.0)
DirectX DirectX 11.0
Logon Domain [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Date / Time 2012-07-23 / 13:50

CPU Type DualCore Intel Core i5-650, 3333 MHz (25 x 133)
MBoard Name Dell Inspiron 580
MBoard ChipsetIntel Ibex Peak H57, Intel Ironlake
System Memory[ TRIAL VERSION ]
DIMM1: Samsung M378B5273CH0-CH94 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (8-8-8- 22 @ 609 MHz) (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)
DIMM3: Samsung M378B5273CH0-CH9[ TRIAL VERSION ]
BIOS Type AMI (07/06/10)

Audio AdapterIntel Ibex Peak HDMI @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B-3]
Audio AdapterRealtek ALC887 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B-3]

IDE ControllerIntel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family 4 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 3B20
Disk DriveGeneric- Compact Flash USB Device
Disk DriveGeneric- MS/MS-Pro USB Device
Disk DriveGeneric- SD/MMC USB Device
Disk DriveGeneric- SM/xD-Picture USB Device
DiskDriveST31500341AS ATA Device (1500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
OpticalDriveTSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653H ATA Device
SMART Hard Disks StatusOK

Then, im about to change the power supply and G.C.
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZ... Read more

A:Changing my graphics card and power supply

Hey, so I took a quick look at your list. Your Motherboard does support one PCIe card, so you should be able to install the 6950 just fine.
my chief concern however, is that the 6950 is a very long card, and I'm worried it may not fit in your small dell case. So I'd take some measurements to see if it fits, before buying anything.
the installation of the PSU and GPU should be fine, I myself have done the exact same thing in my brother's dell (installed new PSU and GPU), and it has been working fine ever since.
Also If you have a few extra dollars, Id look into getting at least a 600W power supply, just to be safe, because the 6950 OC edition will suck quite a bit of power, and I'd rather have a bit more breathing room whereas 520W is cutting it a bit close. thats' up to you though, it should still run fine with your chosen PSU.

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Hello Everyone,


I had an 8800 GT 512MB eVGA graphics card.........It died

I purchased a 9800GTX+, see HERE

Power Supply minimum recomendations are .......

Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amps.)
Minimum 550 Watt for SLI mode system
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amp Amps.)
An available 6 pin PCI-E power connector (hard drive power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter included with card)

I have an Aspire 500w PSU....Power ratings are......

+3.3V = 28A
+5V = 30A
+12V1 = 16A
+12V2 = 18A

-5V = 0.3A
-12V = 0.8A
+5VSB = 2.0A

Now, do I add the 2 +12V rails together to get the total amps for my PSU (would be 34 amps in this case) or do I need a PSU that has 24 amps or more on each +12V rail???

Next question,

I need to use the power adapter (2 HDD plugs to one 6 pin PCI-E plug) as this PSU does not have an independant 6 pin plug of its own.

Does this adapter need to be plugged in to 2 different HDD plugs on 2 independant wires coming out of the PSU?

Right now it is plugged into 2 HDD plugs but they are both on the same line coming out of the PSU............... Does this even matter?

Also, I am not using SLI, nor will I be until I build a new rig.

Any info you can give me is appreciated.



A:New Graphics Card - 3 year old Power Supply

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I'm looking to upgrade somethings on my clunker (A bad idea, I know) But I have no other options. I currently run a DC 5800 MT from HP/Compaq and am looking to upgrade with a Power Supply and a(better) Graphics Card.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/e...2132884-81559927-81559993-81805229.html?dnr=2 Is a link to the specs of my computer.

I am looking for something in the 500W-750W range to open up my options for Graphics Cards, but have never bought a new PSU for a computer before.

I am looking for advice on what to buy, brand, and compatibility (Size being the main factor there, it has to fit in my case obviously) and know little about the process of choosing a PSU.

Any advice would be appreciated!

A:Upgrading Power Supply and Graphics Card.

Hello, the initial determination you must make is whether a standard replacement PSU will fit in your case. Generally you can expect these dimensions for a replacement PSU: 5.91" x 5.51" x 3.35" (WxDxH).
The description of your computer has the word 'Micro' in it, so if the case is just large enough for a micro-atx motherboard, you should stay away from graphic cards that are too long, so pick one that is about 7".
The wattage you need will depend largely from the graphic adapter you choose, one thing to keep in mind is that yours seems to be a typical business case and likely has no option for additional cooling, so consider that when you choose your graphic adapter.

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When I run Diablo 3 my computer restarts without warning at the login screen. The things I've tried so far are changing the video card slot, and changing the cable going into the video card. At first I though it was my processor over heating but when I ran prime95 everything checked out, so then I got a GPU stress test and after about 30 seconds my computer shut down without warning. The program I used was FurMark.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8153 Mb - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 2X4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 1.5V CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series, 1024 Mb - 6850
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152624 MB, Free - 96348 MB; D: Total - 99 MB, Free - 70 MB; E: Total - 953766 MB, Free - 769338 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., Z77X-UD3H
Power Supply: Sparkle Action 700W Model #: SPI700GLN
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

The motherboard and ram is brand new and this is a fresh install of Windows 7. The graphics card is going to be about 1 year old in June, but the PSU is the only piece of original hardware on my computer which is about 5 years old and not really that great of a brand so I'm thinking that it's about time to replace it.

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A:Is my Power Supply or Graphics Card Dying?

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Hello , I have a lenovo h50-50 90b6 and wanted to know the type of my power supply ( ATX or micro ATX ) and if I could change the current of 280w a 500w. Also wanted to know if my motherboard has PCI Express 3.0 graphics card to change , now I have a GTX 745 2GB and I would like to replace it with a gtx 950 I have everything factory. I'm sorry for my English.

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Hey folks, I've run into a weird problem and insufficient power is the only theory that makes sense to me so far, but I wanted to ask on here and see if there is something I'm missing.

I've got a 500 Watt power supply, 3 HDD and on SDD running in my computer with a Core Two Duo 2.66Ghz processor. I recently upgraded my graphics card from an 8800GT to a GTS450 and then picked up a second monitor on craigslist. Initially I ran both monitors off of the GTS and took the 8800GT out all together, but then I decided to put the 8800 back in to power the secondary monitor, and that is where things got weird.

After attempting several different cabling designs I finally managed to get both cards working... but the fan on the 8800GT wasn't spinning. At the time I didn't have the drivers for the card installed but I don't see how that should make a difference? Right now I'm back to both monitors running on the GTS, which handles the load fine... but I would still prefer to spread it out among the two for gaming reasons.

Thanks in advance for any and all help & ideas!

Bonus question: Somewhere along the way my BIOS / CMOS forgot the day and time even though the battery is still fine, and it no longer boots into the OS without me manually selecting the SSD on the boot device list even though it still has boot flags set. Ideas?

A:2 Graphics card & 4 HDD's > 500 watt power supply?

Two different cards will have no affect on gaming performance. The reason for multiple cards is to drive multiple monitors (ie: if a single card doesn't have enough ports). Most games default to the primary display and will not scale across multiple cards unless you are running SLI or Crossfire.

Power supply quality is more important than the size rating. On top of that, you need a power supply with multiple 12 volts rails and adequate amp rating on each rail to support the devices that you are connecting. With all of that said, a quality 500w unit may be adequate, anything less is likely under powered.

Try manually clearing the CMOS and/or restoring to factory defaults. Then making any adjustments needed for operation. Loss of time is typically a sign of a battery issue, aside from that it would be a motherboard or corrupt BIOS problem.

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Hi.i have a problem but im not completly sure wether is the graphics card or the power supply.the problem is that i have been overclocking my graphics card about month ago through ntune in nvidia control panel ,everything was working perfectly for month as stated before.I left my pc on for about 24 hours and i wasnt home.when i came back it was saying there is no signal on the monitor .i restarted the pc and the loading at the start was going..but it was diffrent some letter was changed for example when it loaded the ram memory it didnt say ram memory but "ras megory" at the start i thought it could be some strange virus.but anyway i went to security mode and it was working on low resolution and 8 bit.I thought i could be the power supply problem as as for some time (about 3 months) it was making a strange bepping noice when the pc was on i tohught maybe it isnt giving enough power to the mobo.anyway it took out the graphics card and use the intergrated one.here are my specs mobo- msi 915gm .ram .1256 ram.cpu is intel pentium 4 3 ghz.graphics card is nvidia geforce 7600 gs.im not sure about the power supply.but i think is 300 watt max output..Thanks for reading .i Know its quite long but i wanted to give good description ..Please help .. Regards Jakub...Ps big up for the forum it helps a lot

A:Graphics card or power supply bricked need help

A 300 watt PSU may be pushing it for a 7600GS, how many amps on the +12 volt rail and what brand? 300 watt for a modern system is generally not enough with any type of add-on graphics card.

But chances are the video card is damaged, maybe from the PSU or maybe from the overclocking.

I'd say get a new power supply, you want and need it even if the video card is toast, you'll want it to properly power any new replacement video card.

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Hello , I have a lenovo h50-50 90b6 and wanted to know the type of my power supply ( ATX or micro ATX ) and if I could change the current of 280w a 500w.
Also wanted to know if my motherboard has PCI Express 3.0 graphics card to change , now I have a GTX 745 2GB and I would like to replace it with a gtx 950
I have everything factory.
I'm sorry for my English.
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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My first post, so hello firstly,

I am looking to upgrade my graphics card to the 1GB BFG Geforce 9500GT (unless anyone can recommend a better DDR2 PCIe card for a similar price - £49.99 on amazon.co.uk). I realised that I would probably need to upgrade as well. Sure enough, my PSU (FSP Group Inc., 250W, 50-60Hz - if the sticker on the side of the PSU is anything to go by?) fails to meet the minimum card requirements of 350W. However, I realised I had never researched the current power needs of my current card (Nvidia Geforce 7950GT) and so, out of curiosity, I did.

This has stumped me. My current cards minimum requirements are also 350W. The card has been installed for 2-3 years with no issues at all. Whilst this probably means I have not been getting full performance out of the card, I don't understand (although am very grateful nonetheless) why the motherboard/card has not been fried or failed from the lower wattage PSU?

So that is my first query - one of curiosity. With this in mind, do you think I still need to invest in a new PSU for the new graphics card if the current one is sufficient and safe with a card of similar (although lesser) specs? If so, is there anything else, besides the graphics card, I need to consider when shopping for a PSU?

Below is some more info, in case you require it:

Current PSU: FPS 250-60Gen
Current Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 7950GT (min. req. 350W)
Wanted Graphics Card: BFG GeForce 9500GT (min. req. 350W)
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A:Power Supply/Graphics Card confusion

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I'm currently running a AMD 6450 HD GPU on a ddr3 and I get low fps while gaming. Are there any good graphics cards that I can get for a 550w power supply that are compatable with my system?

A:i have a power supply of 550w what graphics card should I get

What is your brand of your power supply? We'll need it so we can be safe, at around 550W you can use a GTX 960. Can you do this for us?

System Info - See Your System Specs

We'll need a complete detail of your PC Specs so we can proceed.

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Hi, I am trying to fit a new pwer supply and graphics card to my PC. I Have purchased a Radeon Sapphire HD5770, 1GB GDDR5. I have also purchase a new 750w Power Supply (to replace the 300w power supply), which can connect directly to the Graphics Card.
I have removed the exixting parts and fitted the new parts as per the instructions. When I go to power up the PC starts for a second or two then switches off. If switch on again the same happens. During this very short period the fans on both the CPU on the motherboard and the powers supply spin. I have tried just powering up with just the large connector that plugs into the motherboard but the same thing happens.
I have now connected everything back up with the original power supply and graphics card and everything is OK again.
I understood that installing a higher wattage power supply would not be a problem for the motherboard as it will only draw the power that it needs.
If anyone can help to shed some light on where I am going wrong I would appreciate it.

Many Thanks, Darrell

Current Spec

OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+, x86 Family 15 Model 79 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 70557 MB, Free - 1432 MB; D: Total - 5739 MB, Free - 633 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., NODUSM, 1.03, MB-1234567890

A:Installing New Graphics Card amd Power Supply

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Hi, new to forums, seems like you guys are nice so...
I purchaced components from this guide.
Everything was great as i started assembling my pc, but as i looked to connect my ATI Radeon HD 4770 to my OCZ OCZ500MXSP power supply reccomended in the build, I saw the free chord I had for my power supply had 8 pins, but my card was a 6 pin slot. I checked the case my card came with, it had a lot of adapters to attach to the 6 pin slot on the graphics card, but none of them could get me connected to my power supply.
I know im missing something here, because these components were reccomended from the same build from TechSpot. Anyone got an answer.

A:Issues with connecting my graphics card to power supply

There is an 8 pin connector for motherboards with 8 pin CPU power connectors. It is not for PCI-E cards. However, according to Newegg's listed specifications, you should have two labeled PCI-E connectors, one with 6 pins and one with 6 plus 2 pins. The 6+2 pins might look like 8 pins but it splits into a 6 and 2 pin so you can use just the 6 pin connector if you need to. Use one of those for your graphics card.

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I'm getting a GeForce 8400 gs, and a 380W power supply.

The graphics card says "Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amp Amps." I looked over the power supply specs, and none of the 12v outputs have an amp rating of 18. I read somewhere though that you have to combine the rails to add up to the amp rating? I assume that's for high end graphics cards, where you have to plug the psu directly into the card. I don't know what a rail is, I don't know how it would work for this graphics card, since it doesn't seem to require the psu to plug into it directly, Iz confoosed.

I am basically clueless when it comes to power supplies, so can someone please educate me in this, and PLEASE be mindful of how you explain it because like I said, I'm almost clueless about this stuff. Taking a couple more minutes to throughly explain this to me so I understand it well, won't kill you.

I don't want to sound rude when I say this, but it annoys me when people do this to me. I honestly don't care what graphics card or power supply you have, if it's better than mine and you think I should get it. I am well aware that there are graphics cards, and power supplies, that are WAY better than the ones I chose. I chose these pieces of hardware because of my budget.

A:Question about power supply compatibility with graphics card

It may be the way the specs are written on your PS... but
The graphics card does care what the output is... more than the motherboard or other component does...
A cheap power supply from 2005 or before had a better chance of not supplying the minimum power.... Now you can see all these specs for a quality power supply when you look at the descriptive information on the power supply section of Newegg, Directron, ZipZoomFly, cdw.com, and many others... but only in the past year or two has it all been published.

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Hi! I have a Dell PC in which I used to have a GTX 760. I replaced it with a 1070; the card works fine, but my PC now takes longer to boot (double POST). I already have an EVGA 650 G2 power supply and I thought it would be fine for the 1070, but something (?) needs 150W or more on the 3.3v/5v rails and is only getting 120W. Apparently, changing my G2 PSU for a B1 would solve the issue, but I'm not sure about the quality of B1 PSUs. Also, I could return the GTX 1070 and get a 1060, which would work with my current PSU, but then I'd lose some performance. So I'm wondering what I should do at this point and would appreciate any input!
Here is where I got the clues about the PSU.

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Hi Guys,

My power supply recently died after about 18 months of use, so I upgraded from 350W to a 500W unit. Since a couple of weeks after installing the new PSU my machine has been getting hella hot, and performing poorly as a result. Now, my new PSU fan blows downwards, as opposed to straight out the back of the base unit like my old one. However the fan is really bloody big and not generating much heat iself, so I'm surprised if this is causing the whole issue.

From feeling around, the hot areas seem to be the socket in the back of the PSU where I plug in the kettle cable, and the GFX card. Checked the temps too and indeed the graphics card is burning up somewhat.

So it looks like the graphics card is definitely the problem, but I don't see why my new PSU would be causing this. Any ideas?

Details below:

CPU Type QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2400 MHz (9 x 267)
Motherboard Name Asus P5N-E SLI (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI
System Memory 4Gb
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB)

Motherboard 49 °C (120 °F)
CPU 49 °C (120 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #1 52 °C (126 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #2 50 °C (122 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #3 48 °C (118 °F)
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A:Graphics card overheating following new Power Supply installation

must of distupted the airflow or got some dust clogged up into the GPU cooler causing it to over heat. what temp is it reaching whilst gaming?

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Hello all. I have a Sony Vaio Desktop model VGC-RB42G I upgraded to 2GB ram. I have a 22inch Samsung LCD. For the last 2 months during processes that require alot of graphics (quicktime movies, MS Paint and other image software, my computer locks up. It will do nothing. The only way out is holding the power button until it shuts down. I still have the factory graphics accelerator. I turned down the acceleration to "none" and it solved most of the problems. Just have crappy video now. My question is what Graphics card would be best for my computer. I am not a gamer at all, I download videos and do alot of pictures and altering pictures. I would like to stay in the $50-$75 range and from reading I guess I need a PCI Express X16 Card. I was also told my power supply might not be up to muster. I figured If I added a stand alone graphics card I would need to upgrade. Again I have a very limited budget (recent adoption) and would like to go bigger than my factory 300W but do not need top of the line. I don't want to take shortcuts but for what I do with the computer I don't want overkill either

I usually shop at newegg but am looking for any and all advice.

Thank you in advance

A:New to Forum and need advice on Graphics Card & Power Supply

I would recommend the XFX brand, I looked this up for you at newegg.
XFX PVT86SYAFG GeForce 8400GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
for $54.99 also are you using your DVI connection? if so great! as for your Powersupply,
I would most likely look for a 400W or better, I use a Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W. it has been great unit, also quiet and very clean power! nice plug connectors and
cables will reach any where! there are at newegg for $39.99. you might just want to get the
video card and decide on the powersupply a little later, good luck,hope this was helpful.

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So I have a problem with my graphics driver crashing during game play. I initially started the thread under hardware, but due to a responders input thought that maybe someone here would have insight.

Original thread: https://forums.techguy.org/threads/graphics-driver-stops-working-while-playing-games.1170491/

The responder thinks that my power supply is too small (600 watts) for my CPU (88 Watts) and GPU (190Watts). Specs are in the original post. Hoping someone can verify before I go drop some $ on a new PSU.

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I have a 3847 with intel integrated graphics. For video editing I would like to add video card. Chat with Dell rep he suggested a PNY XLR8 GEForce 750 Ti so I bought one.
Looking at threads here appears I want (need) a new power supply since the one in my computer is 300 watts. What I read is that I want to purchase a Corsair cs750.
Do I have my facts straight?
Thanks in advance for help and feedback.

A:inspiron 3847 wants graphics card and looks like new power supply too?

Hi kingqueens3,
PNY XLR8 GEForce 750 Ti would require only 300 watts PSU on the system. You need not upgrade the PSU.

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I had recently installed a new power supply (850 W) because my old one was starting to make whining noises that made me think it was dying. After installing it and plugging everything in I turned the computer on and everything was working aside from the graphics card. The processor fan was running, the main fan was running, but the graphics card fans were not going at all...

I swapped out the card with another (actually better) card and it worked (only problem being I don't have a proper adapter for the card to use my current monitor with.)

Is there any reason something like this'd happen? The card is PCI-E and I tried all 4 PCI-E cables for it and none of them powered it up...

A:Installed New Power Supply, Graphics Card Won't Work

My initial thought would be a problem with the card itself as you said you put another one in and it worked. However, I assume (from later in your post) that the other card 'working' was assumed because the fans started on it and they don't on your original card?

Do you get any output from the original card to the monitor, you only mention about the fan not working?

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