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Upgrading my Gfx card

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  1. Will3

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    I have a dell computer, Studio Slim 540s. I was hoping to upgrade my grahpics card to be able to play games such as call of duty, battlefield etc. but my grahpics card at the moment isn't good enough.

    Becuase my computer is a slim version i would need a low profile card. I was looking at this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150322 the gForce 9500GT. However i think there is also a low profile 9800GT http://vr-zone.com/articles/sparkle-makes-9600-gt--9800-gt-cards-in-low-profile/6348.html. I can go up too £200 if necessary i just want the best card possible for my fan and power supply which can be upgraded to handle.

    But the computer only came with a 250watt power supply and no extra fans. For this new card or any other new low profile higher-end card would i need to upgrade the fan or add a new fan and the power supply?
     
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    Measure your current power supply. If it's of ATX size standard, then you can consider the upgrading possible. If not, forget it. The Dell's stock "250W" power supply is not going to support anything decent.
    Temperature is also going to be a big issue, but you will probably be able to counter that somehow.
     
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    There is a seasonic 300w power supply that fits my computer because no its not of an ATX size its a TFX. This is the seasonic http://www.sh-edv.eu/index.php?cPath=21_79.

    Will that be able to power a low profile 9800gt?
     
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    Utterly hopeless. Which country do you live in? Any other sites you can use? You're much better off getting a new case and then adding a decent power supply, the Seasonic isn't powerful enough for a decent card upgrade. You'll also save some money as you don't have to get a low profile card. And get a quieter fan on it.
     
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    Im in the UK at present. I presumed that my computer being a Dell, a new case was out the question but is it possible?
     
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    It is possible, the worst that can happen is that your front panel USB and audio might not work.
     
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    Cheers for you help.
     
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