Having problems with your Dell XPS 400 PC Desktop ?

Think new graphics card needs me to by new PSU. Need second opinion and suggestions. Think my current PSU is 375. Since i installed this new graphics card the PC has frozen after 30 mins or so of use. Put the original 7300 card back in and everything is fine. Anything on newegg.com as a suggestion would help. Not a gamer and not trying to break bank. Thanks!


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Doesn't sound like your PSU is running out of power, sounds more like you are overheating your graphics card.

Have you got enough cooling in your PC for the new graphics card, is anything blocking the airflow, like maybe the PSU, or if cables are obstructing the fan.

Run the PC with the cover off and look to see if the fan is going round on the GPU (look - but don't touch, unless the power is off and all cables are disconnected, especially the monitor and power!!). Some cheaper GPU's don't have their own fan, this is very bad, if you GPU doesn't have a fan see if you can add extra cooling near it. or attach an extra fan to the heatsink (ensuring nothing is touching).

If you can try installing extra fans, also on the GPU card is there a power connector, is this connected?
I would check the specs on the card itself before doing anything. Second, most video cards will run on a quality 300 or 350 watt power supply, but you need a +12 volt "rail" that has at least 15 amps. All power supplies have a sticker that has the "rails" and their output.

I suggest finding a power supply with a Single +12 volt rail with at least 18 amps, or a dual +12 volt rail power supply with a combined 28 amps.
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