captnawful
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Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

I purchased my Vostro 230 back in April 2011, now I would like to replace the current Video card with a nVidia Ge force 8000GT, but the problem I'm having is there is NO place to hook-up the 4 pin to 6 pin pci-e connector, which  powers the nVidia 8800 graphics card.  Can anyone tell how I can over come this problem?  Do I need to upgrade my PSU and if I do, what type of PSU will work for Vostro 230MT?

Thanks 

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Re: Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

Hi captnawful,

Vostro 230 MT is shipped with the power supply of 300 Watt. However, nVidia Ge force 8800GT has the minimum power requirement of 400 Watt. You may need to upgrade the power supply. You may purchase the 4 pin to 6 pin PCI-e connector, please refer to the image below:

Hope this helps. Please feel free to reply for any further questions.

Thanks & Regards
Amogh G
#iworkfordell
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rdunnill
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Re: Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

The 8800GT is an old card; it was high-end in its day, but now it falls short of the budget 7750, which does not need a power supply upgrade and will run significantly cooler (an important consideration with your chassis).

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Re: Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

rdunnill beat me to it ... HD 7750 outperforms the ancient 8800gt ... there are people using the HD 7750 in systems with as low as 220w power supplies.

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captnawful
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Re: Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

Hi captnawful,

Vostro 230 MT is shipped with the power supply of 300 Watt. However, nVidia Ge force 8800GT has the minimum power requirement of 400 Watt. You may need to upgrade the power supply. You may purchase the 4 pin to 6 pin PCI-e connector, please refer to the image below:

Hope this helps. Please feel free to reply for any further questions.

I already have the 4-pin to 6-pin connector, just can't find a place to hook it up to in my Vostro 230 PSU.  As far as a nother graphics card, I just purchased the nVidia 8800GT a vew days ago via Ebay.  The reason I went with this card, cause I found out that COD Blacks Ops 2 will not run on my current graphics card that came with my Dell computer.  Also from what your saying, I may need to upgrade my PSU.  I've check the internet and found so many PSU's it will make your head spin.  What would be the correct PSU for MY computer, if I have to go in that direction?

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Re: Vostro 230MT REPLACING MY GRAPHICS CARD

Hi captnawful,

As I informed you the nVidia Ge force 8800GT graphics card needs 400 Watt of PSU. So any PSU more than 400 Watt will work fine with the system.

Please feel free to reply. I will be glad to assist you.

Thanks & Regards
Amogh G
#iworkfordell
To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USAIndia. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here

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