[QUOTE=Kerry56;2158257]To use the calculator you need to know all the specifics of your system. The exact cpu model, the number of ddr ram sticks, the speed of the hard drives, number of cooling fans, etc.
Just guessing, and realize this is ONLY a guess, I plugged in the following stats: Single Socket, Desktop, Pentium 4 Socket 478 Northwood 2.4ghz cpu, two sticks of DDR ram (each with 256), 2 hard drives at 5400 rpm, one dvd drive and one 80mm exhaust fan.
To that I added the 7600 GS video card. Total usage was 180w.
If you add in a little (20%) capacitor aging, it jumps to 217w, but I’m not convinced this is at all accurate—seems overrated.
A 250w Dell psu should handle this new card, if you get the 7600 GS. An ATI 3850 pushes it to 260w even without taking into account capacitor aging. If you absolutely need the best agp card available, it means replacing the power supply as well I would think.
Older Dells used proprietary power supplies. Dells with P3 cpus required special psu’s else you fried the motherboard. As far as I am aware, Dell went to standard power supplies when they started making computers with the Socket 478 P4 cpus…but if you replace the power supply MAKE CERTAIN that your machine can take a standard psu. If nothing else, call Dell and flat out ask their support people about it.[/QUOTE]
Okay well I’m not looking for the best graphic card, I’m not looking to play crysis, but I want to be able to play a lot of games even if its at low settings, so I’ll look at the 7600 because you said it should work?