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[Graphics Card]Buying a vd and need help with PS please.

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November 25, 2007 4:19:30 PM

Hello gents,

I just signed up on Tom's forum so i can ask you smart people some questions.

I've been searching around for my christmas buy :D  and I would like to buy the 8800GT from nVidia.

My power supply however, is not powerful enough to handle it apparently.
Can one of you suggest a cheap but strong enough ps to handle the card?


It seems on newegg, the 8800GT is only selling from the PCIE 2.0 version. My motherboard one PCI and one PCI-Ex16 slots. Will this matter if i put the card in the 16x slot?

Any other suggestions are welcomed =)


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November 25, 2007 4:32:54 PM

No it will work fine in the Pci-ex16 slot, it's backwards compatible.

What PSU do you currently have? What's your budget for a psu?

Corsair vx450, hx520, or hx620 would all work fine. It really depends on your budget.
November 25, 2007 4:37:27 PM

Overall, i can spend about $450.

My current PSU is a HIPRO, it says on the box, that max output is 300V.
I have no idea what that means thou.

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November 25, 2007 4:51:52 PM

Here is what is says complety on the box:

AC Input (47-63Hz): 100-127 V/8A

DC output: +5V=25A , +12V=19/A
+3.3V=18/A , -12V=0.8/A
+5VSB = /2A

+5V & 3.3V shall not exceed 175W
+5V & 12V shall not exceed 268W

Max Output power- 300 W

If this doesnt work, i'll go ahead and buy the one you suggested.
November 25, 2007 5:06:39 PM

19 may run it, but it's going to be struggling, a lot...

Do you want the PSU to be future proof? If not, then would work for now:

When do you think you will be upgrading again? I would suggest going with a future-proof PSU just so you don't have to upgrade it again.

The vx450 will handle your PC very nicely. The hx520/620 are just more future-proof, so that decision goes back to you.
November 25, 2007 5:29:39 PM

I'll hold on to my future 8800GT for maybe 1.5-2 years. Depending on the market. Which PSU would you suggest then, if i go with future-proof?

btw, thanks for all the help so far. It has really cleared things up.
November 25, 2007 6:34:44 PM

Another vote for the vx450. It should power anything aside from an SLI or Crossfire setup.
November 25, 2007 7:47:00 PM

I went for the hx520 just in case card power requirements go up in another couple years, but the 450 would be fine. They are solid PSUs.
November 25, 2007 8:13:12 PM

Thanks guy. I purchased my 8800GT and the 450W PSU for a total of $472.95.

They have some 8800GT's in stock in TigerDirect. It'll ship to me by the 28th also. PSU will come in 1-3 days.

Thanks for all the help.
November 25, 2007 11:32:59 PM

Sounds good. Looks like a very solid system.