Does anyone know what PSU wattage comes with the Inspiron 580 described below? reason I am asking is because on the dell site it says 300W but thats for the I3 CPU . This one below has GPU that comes with it calls for 400W PSU.
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|MEMORY||4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz- 4 DIMMs||edit|
|HARD DRIVE||750GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD||edit|
|KEYBOARD||Dell USB Entry Keyboard||edit|
|MOUSE||Dell USB Optical Mouse||edit|
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|DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP||Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year||edit|
|ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM|
|PROCESSOR||Intel® Core™ i5-750 processor(8MB Cache, 2.66GHz)|
|VIDEO CARD||ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3|
|MODEM||No Modem Option|
|OPTICAL DRIVE||16X DVD+/-RW Drive|
|SOUND CARD||Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio|
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The default power supply installed by Dell, in the Inspiron 580 is a 300w unit, for both the i3 and i5 processors
You can find the Inspiron 580 Specifications HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>
But the specs for the HD 5450 says it needs a minimum of 400W PSU. yet the inspiron 580 has a 300W PSU? Thats one reason I was asking about this. I wanted to make sure since I thought it might run the new GTS 450 which has minimun 400W requirement on some brands?????
I very much doubt that Dell would install a HD 5450, unless the 300w PSU can support it.
You need to take up your concerns directly with Dell, my experiences have been, that Dell will not change the desktop's default power supply, that's installed.
Sometimes a desktop has an alternate power supply offered, but this will listed in the computer's specifications.
The Dell installed HD 5450 is tested to work with the system. Their video cards are not necessarily the same as retail cards. The HD 5450 is very low-end anyway and does not need a 400W PSU. The GTS 450 on the other hand is a much higher-end card compared to the HD 5450. The GTS 450 requires the additional 6-pin PCIe power cable that will not come on the 300 watt power supply. It does use more power that an HD 5450 even though you are seeing the same 400W manufacturer recommendation. You would have to upgrade your power supply with a retail unit if you want to go with the GTS 450 or look at other Dell systems like the Studio XPS models that come with higher wattage power supplies.
You're welcome. You might be better off getting the Studio XPS 7100 which is probably pretty close in price to the 580 if you're getting the i5 and you will get more for the money. The AMD CPU offered is better than the i5's all for just $750. Plus you're getting a 460W PSU.
I thought I would chime in, in case others were wondering about using external cards with the Inspiron 580/580S. I had an ATI HD 5770 in a Optiplex 745, but I recently bought a 580S and naturally I wanted to use it for gaming. However, the HD 5770 is a full height card and the 580S (slim) only accommodates half height cards AND the HD 5770 was asking for a MINIMUM power supply of 450 Watts.
I'm happy to say that my HD 5770 running in a Inspiron 580S with an i5 650, 4GB's of RAM, Blu-Ray Optical Drive, 2TB Western Digital WD20EAR, and a 80GB X25-M is running flawlessly. BTW, the power supply in my 580S is rated at 250W, for reference the Optiplex 745 had a 300W power supply.
Now, I wouldn't openly recommend you run a full height card in a half height system but if you take precautions it can be done without issue.
Hope this information helps others who are wondering about using an external card and PSU requirements.
Maybe I'm not reading this correctly, but are you saying that you fitted an HD 5770 in the 580 slim case and have it running on the 250 watt power supply? So what precautions are you taking? I can't imagine that the power supply would survive too long under the stress of gaming if you do this often. How is the card getting additional power since the 250W doesn't have the necessary power cable? Is it running just from the power provided by the PCIe X16 slot?