Is a single 500w enough??? (8800GTX)

Would an 8800GTX work safely with a 500W main PSU? or would i need an extra VGA PSU iv been looking at this VGA psu

ps.
1 I know there have been lodes of 8800 psu questions but non have given any indication of if a extra VGA psu is needed or in fact works (or at least of what I understood of them)

2 I don’t know any more info of my main 500w psu as it was in the case when I got it :roll:

3 any other power recommendations would be appreciated
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  1. it is possiable but depends on the specs of the psu.

    it would need 2 12vlt rails and 2 pci-e connects.
    and should be a good quality one.

    the one that came with your current computer=probably not.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817139001

    this one would work .
  2. yes thats wat im worried about, if i risk it i risk it i could do some damege to the card but as the vga psu is only like £25 i think ill just buy that as well and then i could have 2 8800GTX's in sli in the future
  3. It would depend on the actual quality of the PSU, and the other components in the system.
  4. Quote:
    yes thats wat im worried about, if i risk it i risk it i could do some damege to the card but as the vga psu is only like £25 i think ill just buy that as well and then i could have 2 8800GTX's in sli in the future


    are you talking something like this?

    http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/PurePower/w0130/w0130.asp
  5. yes that is the exact one im looking at (i did try to link to it my original post but i must have done it wrong lol) it can do 250W and 21A on the 12v rail should be enough :?
  6. that should work fine.

    it wouldnt run the 88gtx in sli though.
  7. ok thought not, but for £25 it is better that replacing my main psu for over £50
  8. i dont think you will need 88gtx,s in sli for a while. :lol:
  9. I should hope not at there price :o
  10. OK iv done some more research and found that if the GTX draws 100% power through the pci-e bus an the its 2 extra connecters (75+75+75) 225Max which should be 18.75 Amp Max draw. And the GTS can only draw a measly 150w max which should be 12.5 amps MAX Either way this kind of draw is within the Operating ranges of this vga psu (i hope :( )

    Also in my search i found some guidelins for psu's in (W)

    Electric consumption
    total of the system
    GeForce 7900 GTX 256 Watts
    GeForce 7950 GX2 277 Watts
    GeForce 8800 GTS 273 Watts
    GeForce 8800 GTX 308 Watts
    Radeon X1950 XTX 280 Watts

    These seem low figers to me :?
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    Also in my search i found some guidelins for psu's in (W)

    Electric consumption
    total of the system
    GeForce 7900 GTX 256 Watts
    GeForce 7950 GX2 277 Watts
    GeForce 8800 GTS 273 Watts
    GeForce 8800 GTX 308 Watts
    Radeon X1950 XTX 280 Watts

    These seem low figers to me :?


    They seem within reason to me. That's why nVidia generally recommends a 450w PSU for the 8800GTX. Consider the following links for CPU & GPU power consumption:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-shootout_11.html

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gf8800_11.html

    Hard drives up to 320GB ususally requires about 16w on the 12v rail and 5w on the 5v rail for a total of 21w. The same thing goes for DVD burners.

    500GB hard drives I tend to estimate about 27w total, and about 35w for a Western Digital 10,000RPM Raptor.

    Toss in 10w on the 3.3v rail for every single stick of 1GB RAM.

    Sound cards probably uses about 8w.

    Motherboards probably max out at about 55w for a premium version with all the bells and whistles.

    And add in 6w for every 120mm Fan (7w for LED versions).
  12. http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/PurePower/w0130/w0130.asp
    is certified for crossfire (e.g dual x1950) as add on PSU, and it has two pci express connectors which give : Max. Load 21A (Peak Load: 25A).
    For x1950 pro ATI recomends 450W and 30A on 12v with a single PSU.
    If you use only the one PCI express connector of Purepower w0130 PSU, for a x1950 pro AGP, you will get the same amperage ~25A, or only 25A / 2 ???
    I have PSU tagan 480W with 28A on 12v, and with the second X1950 card I got (after I returned the first to the shop For the same boot problems) I have problems like the catalyst control center crashes when it tries to render the moving car on 3d settings and sometimes I cant boot to windows because the card stops sending signal to the monitor (when it tries to show the mouse pointer) and the monitor get on stand by mode so I have to reboot manualy.
    Maybe the boot time is critical because all the hardware is testing so the demand for Wattage is very big and my PSU cant give the power needed.
    But when I manage to boot I can play 3d games with out any problem for hours.
    I'm thinking of buying a dedicated graphic card PSU, but I dont know If this is the problem with my rig.
    EP-8K9A2+
    Athlon XP 2800+
    2 HD drives
    2 dvd recorders
    Antec 480w PSU 28A on 12v

    P.s This model is recomended for SLI.
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