I’m about to purchase new Dell. Please give your opinion

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      I am about to purchase this Dell XPS 410 tomorrow (August 4, 2007)
      Please give me your opinion, particularly the answer to this question:
      Is a 375 watt power supply suitable? I will be using Adobe Premier CS3

      Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6320 (4MB L2 cache,1.86GHz,1066FSB)
      Windows XP Home Edition
      Memory 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz – 2 DIMMs
      Video Card 128MB nVidia GeForce 8300 GS
      Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
      Sound Cards Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
      375 watt power supply

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      That supply should run your system, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

      Is Dell putting that PSU in there by default? Are they putting that supply in there with the 8300, or are you upgrading to an 8300?

      I checked it on a PSU calculator. You would probably use, at max load, about 213W of power. Now add on 30% for effiency, and that’s 277W. So yeah, you’ve got 100W to play with, assuming that PSU is actually giving you 375W. After a few years, with capacitor aging, it might not run the computer anymore. Also, if you wanted to upgrade (your graphics card especially) then you will probably want to consider a PSU upgrade at the same time.

      Now, this is assuming you have good cooling (an 80mm fan or larger in the lower front sucking air in and 80mm fan or larger in the back blowing air out). If you don’t, (not sure how much cooling Dell puts into their computers), then I would doubt that PSU would hold that system because once it starts to heat up, the watts it will output start dropping.

      Honestly, I would prefer to see a 450W supply from a good company (Seasonic, Antec Trio [made by Seasonic], OCZ, or CoolerMaster just to name a few) since you could use the extra watts to guarantee future upgrades as well as Dell PSU’s aren’t the best quality (but should run a default system for the most part).

      And for what it’s worth, I’ve been a Computer Engineering student (At Rochester Institute of Technology… a pretty darn good school… I can learn film there too!) for three years, so I do know a thing or two about computers.

      So all-in-all, that supply should be fine for that setup… Dell wouldn’t sell you a computer that didn’t work, but keep in mind a PSU upgrade wouldn’t be a bad thing.

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