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Would 250W be enough for a 7600GS AGP?

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February 17, 2007 7:19:54 PM

I want to upgrade to a better video card. Unfortunately I only have a 250W PSU, and it's proprietary.

I searched for some options and the 7600GS came up. Apparently it's very efficient and could run on 250W, or at least that's what I've heard.

Anyways, I run a pretty barebones system:
P4 2GHz
3 sticks of PC133 SDRAM (256 x 2, 512 x 1)
HDD
DVD Drive
Wireless-g Adapter
9600XT (Currently)
USB Headset

I disconnected my floppy drive, modem, and CD burner in hopes of salvaging some power.

My PSU is a Compaq 243890-001 if it makes a difference.

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February 17, 2007 7:40:39 PM

250 watts is probably just squeaking by with your set up; yet you need about 19 or 20 amps on your +12 volt rail(s) absolute. It's going to be a hard feat with that PSU.
February 17, 2007 9:23:55 PM

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I want to upgrade to a better video card. Unfortunately I only have a 250W PSU, and it's proprietary.

I searched for some options and the 7600GS came up. Apparently it's very efficient and could run on 250W, or at least that's what I've heard.

Anyways, I run a pretty barebones system:
P4 2GHz
3 sticks of PC133 SDRAM (256 x 2, 512 x 1)
HDD
DVD Drive
Wireless-g Adapter
9600XT (Currently)
USB Headset

I disconnected my floppy drive, modem, and CD burner in hopes of salvaging some power.

My PSU is a Compaq 243890-001 if it makes a difference.

It will cost you about the same to replace the PSU if it dies that the GPU costs. PSU's over time loss their max output so a few years makes this more of a risk.

I say its not worth the risk due to 1 the cost of replacing the PSU and 2 you would be better off wait to see if a cheap DX10 would be a better fit for your system.
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