Video Card Help?

etile

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Hi guys, I'm new here, so bear with me.

I have a Dell Dimension e520. Will a GeForce 9500 be a decent upgrade?

Relevant Info:
e520: Dell Website Specs
GeForce 9500: Amazon Link for the Card I Want

More Relevant Info: I added an extra 2GB DDR2RAM to my system, bringing the total to 4. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. My onboard soundcard broke, so I put in a new one, but I don't think that's relevant. Basically, I am a casual gamer and video watcher, and want to know if this card is a good choice. It is $60, and you get a $15 rebate in the mail.

Thank you for your time!
 

iPwn

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Welcome to CF!

Sorry for the late reply, but yes, that video card should work out very well. As it's not top of the line, I wouldn't expect miracles on newer games, it's still a pretty powerful GPU.
 

etile

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Oh, that's ok, no worries.

Thank you for your answer, though!
Another question, do I need to buy another power supply?
 

iPwn

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You only have a 305W power supply, I would definately upgrade to a 450W or 500W
 

shozzking

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I'd go for a PSU from a more reputable brand, when PSUs go then they normally take multiple parts with them. I've seen a few of computers that were completely fried. The price alone should be a tip off.
 

iPwn

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Normally, I'm all about saving that extra money, but I'm going to have to go with shozzking on this one, haha. 11.99 for a 480W power supply is like buying a brand new car for $1000, you gotta wonder what evil things lurk in it's future...
 

Indigo

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Corsair is really on a roll with their power supplies. Things to look for are a high powered single 12 volt rail. It's generally accepted that a single, high powered rail is preferable to having a PSU with multiple, lower amperage rails. I've used both and I like them well enough.

If cost is a concern, get a PSU with multiple rails with at least 20 amps on each rail (two rails is generally as far as I would recommend) and if you go single rail, the higher, the better. Like I said a moment ago, Corsair is doing a great job, but I've heard that Seasonic and OCZ units are great as well. I've had a few rosewills that are still going fine (no fires/explosions) but I refuse to touch Antec due to high failure rates that we have at work, and prior experience. I know plenty of folks that love those as well however, so take it how you want. :)
 
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