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How do I check to see what my power supply is, so I can upgrade proper graphics card

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Hi,

You will have to remove the side panel of the tower to expose the motherboard. The PSU (power supply unit) is above the motherboard.
If you read the information on the PSU, you will find out how many watts it is, for example 350W, 400W, 450W and so on.

If your wanting to put in a powerful graphics card to run games like GTA4 or Need for Speed Shift then you will need a power supply no less than 550-600W

Make sure you get a Dell power supply as standard PSU's don't fit in a Dell case.


Regards.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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The Hp PWRSPLY-250W power supply would be compatible when upgrading your graphics card.

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if your video slot is a agp try buy a nvidia geforce 7800gs used on ebay cheap and good ;p if u have a pci-x slot u can have a better card also check your power suppy if is enough for it you can ask to a reseller near you cya

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First refix both RAM. check its frequency may be it is conflict with each other meory frequency.
Also when you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in safe mode.
Then go to start menu type in run "chkdsk /r" then you see black screen press "y"
then resatrt it then it fix error on harddisk.
This problem is not related with power supply.It is related to RAM memory or harddisk memory.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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