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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareAdd-ons · 9 years ago

Better Graphics Card for Dell Precision 380?

Hi all!

I am at a loss as to getting a new graphics card for a Dell Precision 380.

I have a 375W power supply and was wondering, out of the list of cards provided, see which ones are supported.

I'll list two links, one for computer specs and the other a list from



I plan to at least run older games earlier than 2005 and do some light video editing work.

3 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    We need to know what you plan on realy doing with the new card, mulit monitor setup for office/email/webpage etc.

    What games are you going to try to play? if any.

    if you just want to play like farmvile and 10 year old games, one of those "should" be okay.

    And it should be fine on that psu.

    Also read the info on supported cards for your PC:

    Support for ISV-certified PCI Express graphics cards up to 150 watts and with up to 512MB graphics memory including: nVIDIA® Quadro® FX

    4500; nVIDIA Quadro FX 3450; Quadro FX 1400; ATI™ FireGL™ V3100; nVIDIA Quadro NVS 285; All graphics cards support dual monitor


    Look at this link

    i wil edit with more info in a few.

    I think the ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB GDDR3 PCIe is your best bet.

    1Under 150 watts power, 512 memory, and 3 outputs for mulit monitor.

    when you get your card, first thing you need to do, IF YOU HAVE a current card in the pcie slot, if you just connected to motherboard, skip to putting in your new card.

    Go to this link,

    and get the current drivers for your new card first, download them to your desktop, this is for a step later on.

    Then uninstall your currant video drivers (google this when you get it) you will need to restart. and the graphics will look bad this is normal.

    Then turn your computer off. unplug it. take the monitor plug out, if it is connected to a current pcie card. take the side off, IMPORTANT from here on, when working inside the computer, work at a desk, off your carpet, and keep touching the meal frame, or around the PSU, to ground yourself at all times.

    Bottom lower left side of the pci and pcie slots, if the current card is in the top slot, with should be the pcie slot, take it out, put your new card in, make sure it is seated down good.

    Plug back in, make sure everything is clear, and turn on, make sure you get a POST and the monitor comes on. IF all okay, turn off, put the side back on and then turn on, when back to windows run the drivers file you put before on your desktop, after its down it will restart, and your done!

    good luck!

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  • 4 years ago

    Dell Precision 380 Specs

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  • 9 years ago

    its a bit old now

    but the tech spec says pci-e x16 slot up to 150w

    if it were me i would stick with a low profile one

    with a passsive heatsink(no fan)

    i didnt look at the lists.

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