8600gt on a 305?

I Have a bone stock Dell Dimension E521
AthlonX2 64 4000+
2gb Ram
250gb sATA HD

I Am wanting to upgrade the onboard graphics to an actual card and what i am looking into are the
XFX GeForce 8600GT FATAL1TY Edition
XFX GeForce 8600GT XXX Edition

Only problem i see is the 305watt psu that came with my PC, i have no knowledge of how to upgrade and deal with a psu and dont want to fork out the cash for someone else to mess with it.

My question is will either of those cards A: Work, B: Work Well, C: Blow Up, on my PC?

Help is appreciated, thanks. :bounce:
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  1. Dells are pretty good psu wise we get a lot of posts like this.
    The cards you are talking about draw all their power from the motherboard via the pcie slot, the amount off power supplied is standard so any card like the ones you quoted that do not require an extra power supply ie molex or six pin pcie power cable will run in the slot.
    The main thing is what do you want to do with the system if its gaming then you need something different as the card you mention is more suited to a HTPC and i would recomend a 2600xt for that use anyway.
    Let us know what you want to use the pc for and we will be able to stear you right
    Are you running Vista or XP by the way?
  2. Running Vista (Home Premium i beleive it is)
    I Want it for gaming mostly.

    WoW, Bioshock, FEAR, Oblivion, HL2

    But i'm not one of those people who MUST have it run like sweet butter on max everything :lol:
  3. I have an E521 and run the XFX 8600GT XXX fine.
    305w psu = 22amps
  4. Awesome, thanks for the help guys.
  5. On a side note, you might want to consider a 2600 XT. As fast as the 8600 GT, and it uses much less power.

    Doesn't even need a separate power connector.
  6. Actually, Cleeve, the reviews I seen show the 8600 using slightly less power than the 2600.
  7. Well, that's a test of the rarer GDDR4 version of the 2600 XT which will probably pull more power than the common GDDR3 version.

    Still, the results are alot closer than I anticipated. Good catch.
  8. I did a fair bit of research on the 2600xt and the 8600gt and it looks like with the new drivers (and cards) these two boards are about equal in all things. Thus, if you prefer Nvidia or ATI you really can't go wrong. Otherwise, consider the bundle that you can get with the card and go with the best value (or whichever will offer your favorite game if you can find it).
  9. Much more info than i expected, thanks alot guys.

    Great site, good people... i can see coming here for all my PC issues XD.
  10. Actually, Cleeve I think that DDR4 is more energy efficient than DDR3.
    Another advantage of GDDR4 is power efficiency: running at 2.4 Gbit/s, it uses 45% less power when compared to GDDR3 chips running at 2.0 Gbit/s.

    from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDDR4
  11. I'm getting this version, seems pretty good for it's price.
    Calibre 8600GT, PCI-E, DDR3, 512MB,Overclocked Version, w/HDTV, Dual DVI the review looked pretty good.
    :) :)
  12. If you can marty, I would consider saving yourself some money and getting one with 256mb of ram. I have often heard that less powerful cards (ones with a lower bitrate like the 128 the 8600 uses) do not take advantage of the extra memory. Even in some tests an 8800gts 320 performs the same as the 640 version due to the fact that in a very few cases the extra memory is not needed. The 8800's are very powerful and have a 320-bit memory interface. That's nearly 3x the bitrate. I am not saying that card is bad, just a 256 will perform in all reality just as well as a 512.
  13. I,ve been reading the reviews of the 8600GT cards for a while now, and the review I've read on this card is pretty good. Temps are ok and performance for money (in Australia) is great. out performance the Leadtek OC card and the 2600XT in most charts and in some test gets close to the 8800gts. It's also almost the same price and in some case's cheaper the the Stock versions of the 8600gt. (At least in Aussie).
    For my needs it hits the sweet spot between performance that I need and price. ;) :)
  14. jjknoll said:
    Actually, Cleeve I think that DDR4 is more energy efficient than DDR3.

    lol. Looks like I'm 0 for 2. :)
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