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Need help with new videocard power supply.

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August 7, 2007 11:30:51 PM

I believe you can see my current system in my profile but, any way.

PROCESSOR: P4 3.6JGHZ 1MB 800FSB LGA775
MOTHERBOARD: ABIT AA8XE 925XE MB
MEMORY: 1024MB RAM - 2x CRUCIAL 512MB DDR2 PC4200
VIDEO: EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE 6800 GT 256MB PCIE

SOUND: CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY 2 ZS 7.1
STORAGE: DESKSTAR 160GB 8MB CACHE SERIAL ATA HD7200.10 400GB ST3400620AS
OPTICAL: 16X DVD-ROM REV.2

CASE:
Full Tower
POWER: ENERMAX EG465P-VE 24P ATX 1.3 460WATT
OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2

I am looking to upgrade my comp some, for Bioshock, and believe I have found what I want. I was mainly interested in keeping this system going until May 08. When I will be done with college and have my own income, to build a new system. I was aiming to keep it under $300 as well.

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...

http: //www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231041 (Where does that space keep coming from?)

My main concern is the video card. I don't have Vista and don't plan on upgrading to it on this system either. So, I was not looking at the DX10 cards. There is also some power confusion. I was looking for a card that has the same power requirement as my current one, 350W, and this one appears to. What I am not sure about is if I have the amps. My power supply says that the +12V supplies 33A but, the card mentions "with a combined 12V current rating of 22A or more." This wouldn't be such an issue if it wasn't for the no-refund policy on this card.

http://www.enermax.com.tw/english/product_Display1.asp?...

I am also interested if yall's opinions of my choices, if I should wait, better ideas, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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August 8, 2007 3:09:12 AM

Thanks for the response but, I believe mine is different from the one you linked. Yours has two +12V lines but, mine only has one. I was concerned about the combined +12V part of the amp requirement.

My single appears to have more then enough amps but, I am not sure if there would be a problem with using one +12V with enough amps instead of two +12V combined. This maybe a silly concern but, the "no refund" warranty is stopping me from just buying it and see what happens.
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August 8, 2007 10:00:11 AM

well, your psu should work just fine. Its got 33amps on the +12V rail so your good to go.
August 8, 2007 11:23:45 AM

U can also probably get a splitter incase you do need 2x6pin adapters.
August 8, 2007 6:11:48 PM

Thanks for the help.

I ended up calling BFG tech support just to make sure and they said that the single +12V should be fine.

About the only other concern I have is the reviews talk about it running hot. I have a 120 fan in the back and a 60 next to my card. I hope I don't have heat problems.
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