Time of this report: 12/25/2007, 11:51:12
Machine name: BAUMHOFER_HOME
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
System Model: EX332AA-ABA m7580n
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
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Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
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There is usualy a sticker on the side of you psu labeling [in chart style] the +12 volt rail's amperage.
I think the 86GTS requires about 22 amps - don't know for sure but that 300w is going to be hard pressed.
MTV is better than VHI, as Coke is to Pepsi - sure Coke came out with Cherry cola first, but eventualy Pepsi caught up...
What I'm saying is it's a... stigma? nVidia breaks the barriers, ATi cleans up the mess. Anyhow, don't worry about the "who's better" because the cards your looking to buy are matched evenly.
As far as the PSU - watch it. Some (few) high wattage PSUs can have crappy +12 volt rails < on which the videocard runs.
I have a micro atx setup and my case uses a regular power supply. Unless HP has a custom setup (can anyone verify this??) When you look at getting a power supply you will see somthing listed like 12V1=18a 12V2=16a in the specifications (newegg.com has a tab which shows the specs) Which means you have 34a between 2 12v rails.
The video cards above the 7600GS series usually have a higher power usage therefore the need for a more powerful powersupply. If you were to just put in a 8800 series card your problems would vary from distorted display, frequent lockups, sudden computer shutoff or the computer may not even power on. In the extreme end it could burn out your existing powersupply.