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Can I upgrade my Inspiron 546?

Im trying to upgrade my dell inspiron 546 due to lack of funds to build a new rig. I have bought graphics cards in past, but ive never bought a PSU or put in a PSU before, but I am sure, with guidance I could certainly do it. I want to make sure these parts will actually work with my inspiron before i buy them so thats why I am posting here today.

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

Vid Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130839

I know that the current graphics card i have in now is a 220 GT and its worth about 30 dollars and its pretty old along with my computer. So I dont know if this new card would even work with my mobo or anything and i also dont know if the PSU would fit in my tower ( Its not a slim so it should? )

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There are a lot of Inspirons.

In reply to: Can I upgrade my Inspiron 546?

I didn't find your model so you should link to your exact model.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html on the page http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-3.html shows a few 650 video cards so a good choice.

That PSU looks to be the MINIMUM asked for (I read 450 Watt minimum on the pages so far) and the full review at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463.html has me worried about longevity of the PSU. I see about 200 Watts alone for the Video card so if we want a 5 year machine we double the Watt capability of the PSU. That's a bit high at 900 so the PSU is an iffy choice here. If you can get another 100 Watts and keep the single rail +12V then you should be fine for years.
Bob

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Sorry.

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I see a PCIe X16 slot.

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"PCI Express x16 one slot supporting
full-height cards"

So can you share what made you think it was incompatible? Once in a while you see a question about PCIe 1.x 2.x etc but the answer can un-nerve those that asked.
Bob

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Okay.

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As to the mechanical.

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That is what you can check ahead of time by getting the dimensions of the card and measuring. As I don't own this machine all I can write is that it looks OK. If you want, wait for someone that will assure you further.

Good luck!
Bob

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It looks alright

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I measured and it seems the boost wont fit, but the previous one i mentioned will definitely fit in my case. Thanks for all your help!

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PSU.

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While the first PSU choice was the minimum and should work, I winced at being too close to call. This 600 is a single rail to avoid issues with setup and should get you years of use.
Bob

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