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HELP Please - Replacing 7600GS 512MB PCIe

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December 25, 2007 12:24:17 PM
December 25, 2007 3:42:53 PM

Thats not a bad step up from the 76GS.
You really should give more information about your PC and/or what your planning to do with this card. Gaming or non gaming.
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December 25, 2007 3:47:53 PM

I am planning on using this for gaming, my original post has the sytems directx scan on it. I have crysis, world in conflict and call of duty 4 modern combat I would like to see better performance. :bounce: 
December 25, 2007 3:54:00 PM

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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
Page File: 541MB used, 43351MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
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December 25, 2007 3:57:31 PM

What are the specs on your power supply. Make sure your powersupply supports the amperage required for the videocard.
December 25, 2007 4:22:58 PM

how do I check that?
December 25, 2007 5:33:47 PM

input voltage (47-63Hz),100-127V/8A,200-240V/4A
maximum output wattage - 300W.
December 25, 2007 5:50:56 PM

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.
December 25, 2007 6:51:28 PM

I don't think that powersupply is enough. You need 16amps on the 12v rail. The 7600gs series dosen't have those kinds of power requirements which is why I went with it.
December 26, 2007 12:10:00 AM

so if I get a 600w power supply I would be ok

why are people suggesting the ATI, I thought the Nvidia cards were better??
December 26, 2007 12:20:35 AM

nV is a step ahead in high end cards ($250+). As far as midrange, ATi offers the same quality/price as nV.

600w would be fine (and overkill for 86GTS/2600XT range card) just make sure you know what the +12 volt rail has for amperage.
December 26, 2007 12:26:28 AM

Blacken,

Not sure I understand your meaning.
December 26, 2007 12:34:20 AM

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.
December 26, 2007 12:45:12 AM

12v Rails? Do you have an example, a link I can see for this?
December 26, 2007 1:23:54 AM

The 450w Corsair linked above would be a nice PSU for you.
It should handle what you need it to do.

But you need to upgrade your current PSU to add a better GPU.
December 26, 2007 1:39:42 AM

HP says I need a micro atx type psu
December 26, 2007 2:34:46 AM

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.
December 26, 2007 2:54:41 AM

So can I find a Micro ATX Power supply that will work for me, I feel so stupid with all these questions, I just want to get a new video card for my rig so I can play games on it.
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