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Old 11-29-2010, 03:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I recently bought an old computer (Dell Optiplex GX260) with the intention of running a few old games on it. I'm going to upgrade the graphics card to an nVidia 6200 and possibly put in a PCI wireless card. After reading through the very helpful PSU guide posted by a TSF user (sorry but I can't remember who it was to give credit to) and using the PSU calculator in the guide, I'm a little worried my current PSU won't be able to cope. The calculator said I need about 210W for the system I have, but the Dell site says the one I have is only 180W. What are the tolerances in PSU and also will removing the now redundant floppy drive in the PC help? Furthermore, what sort of things will a PSU overload result in?

Thanks very much
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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I would strongly suggest you upgrade the PSU before installing a GPU.



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Old 11-29-2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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You are right to question your PSU. The Dell stock units generally were just enough to power the base computer and no more. For an AGP card, the 6200's were a little power hungry. On top of that, power supplies become less capable of supplying their rated power as they age. This would be the "capacitor aging" field in the PSU calculator. Floppy drives use a piddling amount of power and then only when it is actually in use, so removing that won't really gain you anything.

Possible symptoms:
- video artifacts
- overheating (video and cpu)
- random crashes and restarts, with and without blue screens
- possible permanent damage to motherboard, video, and/or other components
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