Yes, you did.
And there's really no difference between a retail card and what Dell supplies with the system. What matters is the max output of the PSU and the capabilities of the PSU's 12V rail(s). ATI and Nvidia always have high power requirements for their video cards.
A good rule for Dell systems and running high-end video cards is to go by what power connections are available by the PSU in a particular model. The 435MT has one 6pin power connector, and can run any video card that requires one (or no) 6pin power connector. This would include the HD4850, 9800GT, or even a GTS 250. However, a card like the HD4870, HD4890, GTX 260 or GTX 275, requires two 6pin power connectors, so these cards would run well in an XPS 630, XPS 730, or XPS 730x, and also a Precision T3400 when ordered with the optional 525W power supply.
And there's really no difference between a retail card and what Dell supplies with the system.
* FYI - We do re-flash the video card bios to bring the GPU and VRAM clocks to our specifications. Just like EVGA would have different settings than MSI.
Is there a Dell-supplied upgrade for the power supply on the 435 MT?
Also, what is the 435MT's power supply's 12V rail capacity?
I've been checking out high-end video cards. Some of them will say, for example, that they need 26A on the 12V rail.
Is that saying they need it on ONE rail, or the TOTAL of the 12V rails?
LIke I said above, any video card which requires only one (or no) 6pin power connector will work just fine in the 435MT. If the video card requires two 6pin (or one 6pin and one 8pin) power connectors, it will not. I know this rule isn't technically oriented in regards to amperage on 12V rails, but it still works.
I had a Radeon 4850 card from my previous system (which is now sadly deceased) that I swapped into the 435MT. My card had one 6-pin connection, which I easily plugged in to the power supply, and it works nicely now.
Wouldn't a 500W or more PSU be able to better cope with external power surges and internet power demands?
* Sure, but then the price point of the computer would have to go up.
And please answer this, can the warranty be used to order Dell to get me a better power supply?
Like refunding the PSU and I will buy the better PSU with the extra?
Contact Support and have the power supply replaced.
anyone successfully changeout the psu and stuff a high-end card (ati or nv)? if so, can you please post specifics? (i REALLY do not want to swap out to another case like i read another member did ~ nor do i want to invest in another mobo and swap everything over.)
/rethinks this purchase
435MT (Stock) i7 920 • 6GB DDR3 1066Mhz Tri-Channel • 640GB • 1TB WD Home 1394 • ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB