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Have dell dimension 2400. Power supply is 200 watt. Can I replace it with a 250 and not burn anything out?

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Will a NVIDIA GeForce gt 610 graphics processor work on a Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop


YES, Zian it will work....BUT,....................

1) It is a PCI graphics card, and uses a PCI expansion slot.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2898922&CatId=319

The Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop PC's motherboard, has three long white PCI slots,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/techov.htm#1105465

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Dimension-2400-Desktop-Motherboard-System-Main-Board-F5949-K5148-G1548-/190750417467?pt=Motherboards&hash=item2c699c623b

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conventional_PCI

If one of those long white PCI slots is open, you can use a PCI graphics card.

Concerned that the graphics card uses DDR3 graphics memory, and your computer only uses DDR Sdram ram memory?

Don't be.

The graphics card has it's own processor (Graphics Processing Unit), and graphics memory.
It runs independent of the system resources; the Processor and Ram Memory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

The concern is the Power Supply.
Original power supply's maximum rated Wattage is either 200 Watts, or 250 Watts.

The above graphics card requires a minimum system requirement/power supply requirement; of 300 Watts.

I would recommend replacing the Power Supply.
(Especially with it's age, if it is still the same one)

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1389575&CatId=1078

ONE thing though..............
Watch the 20-pin ATX main power cable connector, and the wires in it. Be sure they are in the standard place setup.

Check the pinout, and color code of the wires,

1) Dell Dimension 2400 desktop computer, 20-pin ATX main power cable connector pinout,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/techov.htm#1105612

2) STANDARD 20-pin ATX main cable connector pinout, and color code of wires; as set by JEDEC,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

[Be aware that the ATX main power cable, and connector, you get with a new power supply; such as the above, will have a 20 =4-pin ATX main power cable connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20plus4

Use the 20-pin connector, tie the 4-pin power cable up out of the way]

For a time period Dell was making the motherboard's main power cable connector - Proprietary.
Meaning they has that motherboard connector wire pinout changed.
Colors of wires were in a different place, than the standard setup by JEDEC.

Orange wires are 3.3 Volts (DC)
Red wires are 5 Volts (DC)
Yellow wires are 12 Volts (DC)
Black wires are Ground wires.

Guess what happens if a 12 Volt Yellow wire, is plugged into where a Black Ground wire is supposed to be?

ZZZZZZzzzzt! Motherboard fries, processor fries, ram memory fries, and graphics card. (If used)

Check the color code of the wires, in the 20-pin ATX main power cable's CONNECTOR, for the Dimension 2400's power supply.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 14, 2012 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Can i use a ATI 9700TX in a dell dimension 4500 cpu? I was just wondering if the 250 watt power supply will handle the 9700TX or anything bigger for that matter. I can't seem to find the wattage needed...


It needs about 100 watts supplied thru the power connector situated on it so no, it will not work in the current situation: you will need a new power source, of at least 400 watts.

Jan 20, 2011 | ATI (128 MB) Dell / ATI RADEON 9700TX DDR...

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Can not get computer to power back up no lights on front o rear just little light on mother board have dell 8400


Bad Power Supply, sscorbett.

Usually you have enough power to light LED lights, (Like the harddrive activity LED light for add-in cards, that you see on the motherboard), and spin fans, but Not enough power to turn the Processor on.

Dell Support >Dimension 8400 > Service Manual

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8400/SM/index.htm

Technical Overview > System Board Components

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8400/SM/techov.htm#wp1052739

harddrive activity light for add-in cards (SCSI LED)

The Dimension 8400 comes with an ATX style of Power Supply, that has a maximum rated Wattage of 250 Watts.
1) ALL of the LED lights combined use less than 1 Watt of power.
2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts
3) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts.

Your Power Supply just has enough power to light that LED light.
Weak voltage power rail.
Replace the Power Supply.

[ There are three power rails inside that SMPS.
Switched-Mode Power Supply.

1) The 3.3 Volt power rail
2) The 5 Volt power rail
3) The 12 Volt power rail ]

The ATX form factor for a Power Supply refers to the size, and shape of the case, for one.
Approximately 6 inches Wide, 5.5 inches Long, and 3-1/2 inches Tall.
The ATX power supply case in the Dimension 8400 however, is shorter in length.
It is 4 inches Long. (Depth)

Not an advertisement for the website, nor manufacturer.
Reference for the case size, and power cables needed,

http://www.cputopia.com/hp-400w-dell-dimension-8400.html

Scroll down to see the connectors of the various power cables needed.

You may have a Power Supply with these dimensions, and needed power cables, in an unused computer.
Perhaps someone has upgraded to a better computer, and has an unused computer that you can temporarily borrow the Power Supply for a test unit.

Make sure it has at least 250 Watts (Maximum rated wattage), plus,

1) 20-pin ATX main power cable. (Or a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable)

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

[ 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20plus4 ]

2) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Plus the various power cables needed for the Harddrive, optical drive/s, and computer case fan/s, if it/they do not connect to the motherboard.

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Dell dimension starts up then shuts down


power supply shot
can get power supply from microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0293459

or take your out REMEMBER where plugs go and buy a new one cheap

Jun 01, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Do I upgrade my Power Supply


A new power supplu can't hurt anything so long as it's right for your Dell. Some Dells with ATX power connectors are wired in a propiretary way. Make sure which way yours is wired before making the buy.

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Does the dell dimension 2400 burn dvds?


Hi budliteman36
Dell Dimension 2400 series will not bur DVD, see the link blow for specifications.
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-dimension-2400-pentium/4507-3118_7-30824846.html?tag=mncol;rnav

You can replace the CD-RW drive with a DVD writer. Here is a list od DVD-R-RW writers.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=89&name=DVD-Burners&

Cheers!
Mike

Mar 31, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Need to know if the dell imension 2400 is 250Watt?


According to the Dell support site it is rated at 200 or 250 watts.
Here are the specs

Mar 20, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Dell Power Supply replacement


You can replace it with a 500 watt if you want to. 300 watt is a good watt. But if I could make a recommendation I would say go to the 450 just incase you ever want to upgrade your video card or anything like that. IF this helped please rate

Feb 12, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Power supply Dell Dimension 2400


You should be able to do it yourself. It's four screws that hold it in back, then all the power connectors.

If you're feeling unsure still, go to youtube and do a search on replacing a power supply....make sure you watch one in reference to a pc, not a mac or anything lol. And, when purchasing one, don't let the sales people hype you up to something with way more wattage than you need... 400 watt should be plenty for a dell 2400....it probably only has a 250 or 300 watt in it now anyways.

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Dell Dimension 2400 with secondary SATA hard drive keeps crashing


generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.

Jun 20, 2008 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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