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March 4, 2007 7:26:22 PM

Hey guys,

I'm looking to buy a 7600Gs 256mb and I would like to know if I have to upgrade my PSU.

My computer :

CPU : Amd athlon 3800+ X2
Ram : 1 Gb DDR 2 sdram at 533 Mhz
Graphic Card : 6150 Le
PSU : 305 W

And if so, how much will it cost.

More about : 7600gs

March 4, 2007 8:04:05 PM

Probably, but you should know what the amperage raing on your +12 volt rail is for a better idea.
March 4, 2007 8:08:49 PM

yes, you'll have to upgrade it. PSU is one of important parts of comp, and nobody care's for it. Everybody's talking about vga, cpu, mbo,... and nobody speaks about PSU. Doesn't matter if it's 400, 450, 500W or higher, it's matter how many A(mpers) have on +12. Look on the sticker (on PSU) and look for min 18A on 12+. If it has more OK, better.
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March 30, 2007 5:29:46 PM

psu is a litlle weak try to get one for $50 or higher.better psu equals more pwnage
April 3, 2007 9:11:20 AM

What is the amperage rating and make of your PSU :?:

It should be on the side of your PSU , look for the number under 12v+ sign :) 
April 3, 2007 10:00:34 AM

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PSU is one of important parts of comp, and nobody care's for it. Everybody's talking about vga, cpu, mbo,... and nobody speaks about PSU.

Obviously never been in the psu section. It is likely you will have to upgrade as you probably dont have enough +12V amperage. You need to tell us that rating first.

I want an X2 :cry: 
April 3, 2007 11:56:55 AM

I have a XFX 7600GS 512MB and run fine it with my 300W Thermaltake psu just fine. Not sure about my amps anymore as I bought my card over christmas time (or just thereafter). I don't suggest that everyone try and run it on any 300W psu just stating that it's possible.

@ randomizer: I also want an X2, I got the 3500+ now...
April 3, 2007 12:36:32 PM

Quote:
I have a XFX 7600GS 512MB and run fine it with my 300W Thermaltake psu just fine. Not sure about my amps anymore as I bought my card over christmas time (or just thereafter). I don't suggest that everyone try and run it on any 300W psu just stating that it's possible.

@ randomizer: I also want an X2, I got the 3500+ now...


Yeah 300W by Thermatake standards, which is usally better than no name brands. I would definately consider upgrading the PSU to something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That I believe has 29A combined on the +12V rails, which would be good for even a 8800GTS (if I'm not mistaken).

Look here for the higher quality PSU's:
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/PSU-Reference-L...
The one I picked is probably one of the cheapest PSU's, but still with more than enough power (amps) to handle most GPU upgrades.

My 2cp
April 4, 2007 12:08:18 AM

I so want that psu but its not available in aus unfortunately. Unless someone here knows where I can get it I'll have to get one of their generic looking 80mm fan psus.
April 4, 2007 7:01:10 AM

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I so want that psu but its not available in aus unfortunately. Unless someone here knows where I can get it I'll have to get one of their generic looking 80mm fan psus.


No never by a generic PSU , it will burn your house down :lol: 

Hows it going Random , on the subject get a Corsair PSU they are really good and also modular. :D 
April 4, 2007 7:05:13 AM

Pretty good, a little bored tho, yourself?

Its not generic its a fortron source, it just looks generic. Have a look:

clicky

Not quite like this one that I want but cant get tho:

clicky again

And I'm too poor to afford corsair psus lol.
April 4, 2007 7:18:05 AM

Yeah, I'm not the only cheapskate on the forumz!!! :D 
April 4, 2007 7:24:15 AM

You probably have a job tho :oops: 
April 4, 2007 7:27:53 AM

I get less working on SAP here in SA than the people get at the local McDonalds in the US. I get a mear $4 per hour!!! 8O 8O 8O
April 4, 2007 10:34:18 PM

8O

Still more than me lol :lol: 
April 5, 2007 4:44:41 AM

Yeah, I'm at least greatful that there is something. It still doesn't change the fact that I want an X2!!!
April 6, 2007 5:19:26 AM

Doing alright dude :) 

Your PSU looks alright to me -32a on the 12v is good ,as long it is not in a hugely demanding rig.

2 rails 18a is fairly good . :) 
April 10, 2007 12:44:59 AM

Na its not that demanding, but I did notice a strange smell the other day coming from my psu, kind of like something electrical was going... 8O Maybe I should open it up and check for blown caps.
April 14, 2007 5:35:49 PM

Low Wattage = Low amperage :D 
April 14, 2007 8:30:34 PM

I think you can probably get by on your PSU.

Read this review of a 7600GS, e.g.:

Galaxy GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB Power Consumption @ guru3d

The entire computer in the test peaks at 190W, which should give some room to spare. Also, the computer in the test has a cpu that pulls 104W (as opposed to yours at 89W or 65W if you have the energy efficient version), and they have a SLI motherboard. So I think you'll manage.
April 15, 2007 12:53:08 AM

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Low Wattage = Low amperage :D 

True, but if most lof the amperage is on the +12V rail, having a low total wattage is irrelevant. My psu is a 430W but only has 18A +12V. There are 400W psus with 30A+ on the +12V rail.
April 16, 2007 5:08:03 AM

My 300W Thermaltake PSU has 13A on the +12V rail. My AGP XFX 7600GS 512MB ran just fine on this PSU. I checked this weekend when I took it all out to make space for my new parts...Just have to RMA the mobo today and wait for my new GPU.
April 16, 2007 5:12:35 AM

What are you getting? And whats up with the mobo?
April 16, 2007 5:33:23 AM

I got everything on saturday. Finally got on the dual core badwagon and got me a 3800 X2 65W AM2 (gonna OC the hell out of it). I ordered an X1650 PRO that I'm getting today (it's likes $90 cheaper than my 7600GS AGP). Got me a nice modular psu with enough power to last me a while. Thermaltake TR2

I put in the mobo, cpu, ram and my drives with another X1650 PRO I got for someone else. Just to set everything up so that I can start playing when I get my card. Setup windows, SP2, All mobo drivers and GPU drivers.

Thought I'd try out source just to test it out. Just before it shows the menu the pc just frose. I thought it might be the game as I didn't reinstall it it's just an unpacked version we got from MPLD. I installed C&C3...same thing.

Tried another card, this time a 7600GS coz I thought the card might not be happy with my Nvidia chipset...same thing. I put the X16050 in another PC and it worked fine.

It's the same ram from my old rig so no problems there. I put my old 3500+ back in and still the problem persists. This morning before work when I just wanted to watch an episode of top gear (which I did last night) it just shut down completely out of the blue.

Just gonna take it back today and get me another one when i pick up my card as well.

I did the clean install of windows twice, tried different ATI drivers and mobo drivers so I'm pretty sure it's the mobo.

PS sorry if the post got a bit long, just like being descriptive... :wink:
April 16, 2007 5:46:00 AM

What you think of C&C3? I personally dont like the way they returned to the old Red Alert style interface and the limited building areas. Thats what I liked about C&C generals. Nice and free to build anywhere, and the buildings can be destroyed during construction too. Problem is the AI are poorly programed and chew up cpu power like crazy. I wonder how a C2D (or even C2Q) would handle the game with 7 bots on max difficulty (generals: ZH not C&C3). My 3700 gets real bogged down with it.
April 16, 2007 7:00:10 AM

I haven't played RTS games in a while. Spellforce 2 is the closest I came. I've never liked the restricted building area thing. Prolly why I played with the terran in starcraft most of the time...As you said Generals was a lot better in that department.

Graphics is great and i like that they got real actors to do the movies, not like some of the old ones...The chick from house seem so much different when not in a medical enviroment.

Last weekend we had a BIG LAN and tried to play C&C3. All of my clown little friends used the same serial and only one of them could play with me at a time untill half of them reinstalled it...source made up for all of the lost time on that though...
April 16, 2007 7:44:51 AM

I always use a keygen for generals, since I only own one copy and arent going to go and buy another for LAN only. But I always get mismatches.
April 16, 2007 8:20:34 AM

They got ahold of a keygen later on and tried it but the last set of nummbers was the same all the time and the game didn't like it.

I still have to get spellforce 2 again from my friend. Wanted to play that a while ago with my gf but we had the same key as well. Didn't think we were gonna lan with it so we didn't really care when we installed it.
April 16, 2007 8:32:50 AM

Fair enough.
April 16, 2007 8:55:35 AM

hmmmm, that last post was sort off the point i think, but YES you will proberly be much better off with a new PSU - however im sure you old one will surfice for a short will - just dont OC

judging by your spec 450+ W (perferably 500) should do the trick, also name barabd are important when it come to power

hiper, enermax, akaksa, zalman ect
April 16, 2007 9:00:28 AM

You talking about me or the OP with regards to the psu?
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