Graphics card for 430w PSU

Im looking for a decent graphics card to play games through my 32" LCD.

From what I have seen the ATI X1950 range looks to be the best value for money, since my budget is around £100.

I like what I have read about the XT, but can anyone tell me if this will be suitable for my Antec Fusion case and 430w power supply?



Thanks for any help.
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  1. There is a formula for working this out as you have dual+12v rails and to be honest it does my head in but my initial reaction looking at the numbers is that it wont run it i will look up the formula and try to get back to you with a def reply so while im doing that i expect you will get about 20 posts telling you exactly :na:
    Mactronix
  2. Use this to work it out put your system components in to relevant sections its quite straight forward really.
    You will want to have 30amps on the +12 volt rails you have 16+16=32 but it dosent work like that im afraid.
    Mactronix
  3. An x1950 pro will probably work with that PSU, for a while anyway. But it will probably cause you all sorts of grief. What you want is an 8600GTS. They are low current draw boards, and almost as powerful as an x1950 pro. Quieter too.

    I highly recommend this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127284
  4. Your Antec 430w psu according to the label is 31amps.
    Amps = maximium wattage amount on the combined 12v rails divided by 12 = amps on the 12v rails = psu Amp rating

    You should be ok with the X1950Pro unless your system carries a heavy load (multiple hard drives, optical drives, floppy drive, PCI cards, etc.)
    Hope this helps.
  5. I'm using a Thermaltake TR2 430W (model W0070), and this is my setup:

    AMD Athlon 64-X2 4200+ @ 2.42Mhz
    Thermalright XP-120 + Panaflow 120mm fan
    ASRock 939DUAL-Sata2
    Corair TwinX1024-3200C2 (512MB x4)
    MSI 8800GTS 320MB (600/1400/900)
    WD SATAII 160GB HDD
    WD SATAII 320GB HDD
    Maxtor IDE 80GB HDD
    3.5" Diskette Drive
    Lite-On LTR-52327S CD-RW drive
    BenQ DW1620 DVD-RW drive
    MSI TV@nywhere card
    ASUS WL-167G WLAN Card
    Aluratech Bluetooth Card
    Super Box4 adapter + PS2 Controller
    Two (2) 120mm case fans
    One (1) 90nn case fan
    Vantec Nexus fan controller
    Two (2) neon lamps

    All this runs just fine on my weak PSU, and seeing how yours is actually better than mine, you should not have any problems with an 8800GTS. I don't know about a 2900XT though.
  6. Youll be ok, pushing the psu a bit, but ok. As for even considering the 8600GTS, DONT, as you wont be ok, the XT kicks its arse.
  7. Thanks for your help, I'll get myself the PRO or XT card now you have eased my fears.
  8. I know this is going back a bit now but I have an LG 32LX2R 32" LCD with a DVI-I connection at the rear.

    The HTPC I have recently built has an M2NPV-VM motherboard with onboard DVI output but it is DVI-D, so at present I am unable to use it with the TV as there is no picture when the two are linked using a DVI-D single cable.

    I do however have another old PC with a DVI-I graphics card, this works flawlessly with the TV using the same cable.

    If I do buy one of these cards and put it in the HTPC, is there any reason it might not work with the TV?
  9. Actually, it depends more on your resolution than anything. If its a common res, youll be fine
  10. Thanks, so does it sound normal that I cannot get the DVI-D connection from the M2NPV-VM to display but the PC with a DVI-I graphics card will?
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