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October 14, 2007 3:08:35 PM

Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my graphic card but I am not sure if my computer's power supply is sufficient to run any of these cards. Power supply is following 16amps on the 12volt rail. All these cards are AGP.


System Dell Dimension 8300
P4 2.6GHZ (HT)
1 GB ram
Current Graphic card Radeon 9800 SE 128bit



I'm interested in the following 2 cards.

NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT 512MB AGP

XpertVision 7600GT 256MB DDR3 AGP

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October 14, 2007 4:15:10 PM

It would be helpful to know what the wattage on your PSU in order to give any advice.

Without knowing that info, I would say, do a search to find out what the power reqs for the 9800 are, then search out for the other two. If they are close, then don't worry about it. If the 7300 and 7600 are much higher, then do some quick math to figure out what your total system draw is (this is where you will need to know your current PSU wattage) and factor in the new cards.
October 14, 2007 4:19:11 PM

I dont think the 7300GT is a very good card, probably not that much better than the 9800 SE. It depends what you are going to use the card for, if you are going to use it for gaming, you might as well buy a new PC, otherwise youll find yourself upgradinig everything else. If its just for normal apps or some games, youll probably have to upgrade the PSU.
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October 14, 2007 4:30:41 PM

8800gt will be about 100watts, so itll need the seperate connector.
October 14, 2007 4:32:14 PM

err thats pci express.....
October 14, 2007 4:43:36 PM

Whoops, saw 9800, but u ment the OLD 9800.. lol

Go for the 8400gs agp or the 2400pro agp, much better choices.
October 14, 2007 4:45:31 PM

bwdsmart said:
err thats pci express.....


Not to mention it's not even one of the cards the op asked about.
October 14, 2007 4:54:35 PM

trevorblain said:
Not to mention it's not even one of the cards the op asked about.



Put 2 and 2 together idiot. I just posted explaining is that still not good enough for you?
a c 358 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
October 14, 2007 4:54:42 PM

16amps x 12v = 192w

I would say the 7600GT is your best bet since it only consumes 38w - 40w depending on how much the brand name vendor overclocks their retail 7600GTs.

October 14, 2007 4:59:07 PM

Hatman said:
Put 2 and 2 together idiot. I just posted explaining is that still not good enough for you?


Dude, chill out and lay off with the name calling. I was typing my post as you were posting yours. I didn't have 2 and two to put together. too much caffeine, or not enough?
October 14, 2007 5:09:44 PM

DC output 250watt. I read Dell's PSU's are underated and that this PSU is capable of putting out 345W according to Dell.

I'm also open to other graphic cards in the same price range if anyone has suggestions. I Just play sports Games Like Fifa 08, NHL 08, Madden 08, so they aren't really the most graphic intense games but im getting lag and glitches in 1280x1024 mode even with the settings on low detail. And I do have the newest drivers installed. Ati Catalyst center.
October 14, 2007 5:33:49 PM

Ugh...250watt? Yeah it's not gonna be able to handle the 7600GT for sure...Well maybe.
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