Psu Question for fx 5200

Dell / Optiplex gx260
July 30, 2009 at 12:03:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.992 GHz / 1526 MB
Hi,
Ok well if anyone were to see my computers specs they would know that i have the s**t machine of the planet. I'm 16, I work as a assistant at a hospital and i don't get very many hours and I'm already getting paid minimum wage and use what i have to help out my mom with the house and my brother. So its obvious i don't have a lot to spend here but i have built computers before so i do know what I'm doing to some extent. Unfortunately all past computers have died of several problems and the only good ones with parts that i could use right now are fried. Need a computer for school and just things to do when bored I bought a computer from these people I use to know, big mistake. I'm interested in light gaming, Thinking integrated graphics would be ok for a while I went with this computer but painfully discovered it has an old intel chipset with only 8 mb video memory! i can hardly watch videos and play flash games on the internet! let alone play something like halo.. I did research and found a card that will work with my comp.. thats the fx geforce 5200 (again i know it sucks but think about it, its a hellova lot better then what i have now) good news is it costs 35 bucks. i have a 300 watt psu with a 15 amp 12v rail... only agp and pci slots but the only card that will run on my comp is the 5200 which is a pci card. keep in mind when answering back that i cant order online and im not looking to by a new psu, i simply wonder if the 5200 would run with only 15 amps on the 12v rail? ( i know long background story buti have been reading many posts on the web and found that ppl that don't specify their situation enough aggravates others willing to help)

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#1
July 30, 2009 at 12:13:28
the 5200, also comes in the agp variety. Why are you considering a pci card , if you have an agp slot?

larry


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#2
July 30, 2009 at 12:21:43
You have a GX260? What is the Service Tag Number of your Dell; it's on a sticker somewhere on the case and can also be found in the first BIOS screen.

Although the 5200 is a step in the right direction, you can do better. An AGP card is the way to go and there's nothing wrong with a used card bought locally.

Verify you are running Vista Home Premium and have 1.5Gb memory. Look at the psu's in you old machines and check the brand, model, wattage and amps on the +12v rail of those. You might find something to help your situation.

Finally, where do you live and where did you find the $35 video card?

Skip


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#3
July 30, 2009 at 12:25:46
I'm buying the card at my local bestbuy literally up the road from me and the only agp card they have is the 6200 but that requires more amps and watt then what i currently have.

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#4
July 30, 2009 at 12:27:10
Sorry for the double post but the ppl who had this computer before me did not treat it properly and the tag number has been removed i had already tried looking it up on dell website ect. The bios on this computer are all f*ed up when ever i initialize it, it freezes the computer besides that everything is fine but the graphics

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#5
July 30, 2009 at 12:48:43
You can't get into BIOS to read the screens?

Skip


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#6
July 30, 2009 at 12:57:50
Best Buy has this card for 35 bucks too. I see no reason your machine wouldn't run it.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...

Skip


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#7
July 30, 2009 at 12:57:55
nope it either freezes or restarts. I'm not quite sure why. But it seams to works fine with everything else.. and all the other psu were made with computers that were just the "basic web browser only comp" with integ graphics and slow processors the max psu besides what i put into this computer is 180 watts with 10a on the 12v+ rail

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#8
July 30, 2009 at 13:02:58
I was going to buy that card instead but from what ppl have said on other posts 300watts and 15amps just isnt enough to run it either at full power and effiecienty or run it at all. Yet some said it does run with 250 watts even but id rather be safe then sorry.. id be willing to take the risk with some reassurence that it would work.

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#9
July 30, 2009 at 13:19:44
Look at the second chart here...

http://www.anandtech.com/video/show...

The difference in total system power consumption of 6200 vs. onboard is less than 1 amp @ 12v.

Another way to get the Service Tag Number is to let Dell find it for you. Go here and click on Enter A Tag; on the next screen, click Find My Service Tag.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...

Skip


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#10
July 30, 2009 at 13:46:06
It just sasy"EXPRESS SERVICE TAD NOT FOUND" = / im thinking of just going with the 6200, ill let you know it if works. thanks for all your help and time.

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#11
July 30, 2009 at 13:51:22
"i don't have a lot to spend here but i have built computers before so i do know what I'm doing to some extent. Unfortunately all past computers have died of several problems and the only good ones with parts that i could use right now are fried"

It doesn't sound like you're very good with computers if you fried everyone you've ever owned or built.

You should be installing an AGP card, not a PCI card & you shouldn't be buying it from BestBuy. As Skip said, buy used & buy locally. Have you tried CraigsList? Look for a Radeon 9550, 9600 or 9600XT with 256MB memory. Stay away from cards that have LE or SE in the model number. You should be able to find a card for about $25.


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