I know this thing gets asked regularly, but I think I've researched the subject as far as I can without help.
I'm trying to find a good graphics card for my pc. It's brand new so I don't want to upgrade the PSU but I think it will be powerful enough for a fairly decent card. I'm looking to spend under £150. The spec is as follows:
I'd like to get a decent card but one the PSU can handle comfortably. I'm no expert but I image the Intel Core2 duo E8400 saps quite a bit of power? Does this reduce my possibilities for graphics on this psu?
I've been looking at the following:
1) Toms Hardware - Recommended the 9600GT for £135. I don't think I could run this card because according to the spec it needs 400w with 12v 26a so that seems to rule out that card.
2) According to NVidia. The best card I can run is the 8600gts, or the 8600gt. What do you think of these cards? Is NVidia being generous with what I could spend for my system?
I meant 9600gt. I tried to edit my post but it said "you are not allowed to edit this post". Why the hell not? I tried to refresh only it said "this thread does not exist". ??? I went back to the forum and the post was still there so god knows what's up with the code.
I only have one hdd, and a pretty empty case, so if the power is ok then I'll go for the 9500 GT, thanks for all your help everyone.
Homerdog. I opened the pc again just for you and it is a WinPower Model ATX450, there was nothing else on the PSU.
Invisik - nothing overclocked.
I can't find any information on that power supply, so I can't guarantee that it will work. I'd say the odds of it having a 6-pin PCIe power connector are low, so you'll probably have to use an adapter. Most videocards that require a 6-pin connector come with such an adapter, but you might want to make sure before you make a purchase.
That aside, I've just looked up the Palit card for this and it says it will use 221watts, I can't spare that. Is there a better card for me to use for the 9600 gt?
As others have already stated, that's just not possible. This graph shows a power draw of less than 200W for the entire system under a heavy load:
Sorry about the confusion. As EXT64 suggested, that was the total system usage. I'm new to the graphics cards ball-game so I made the mistake of thinking they were talking about the card not the system.
Can run a E6600 + X1900XT. Thats nearly the same as the 8800GTS 640. So a 9600 with be no problem at all...
To confirm, what psu do you have?
@ crusoe74 The 26 amps is listed for a fully loaded system not just the card. Your card takes at most 100 watts and in most cases less.
Hell my full system takes less then 26 amps @ 12 volts
My system going full balls 100% cpu and video load with ati tool(no game takes this much power). Take away about 210 watts from the total for my other computer, the screen, 1 router , 1 switch , set of speakers and 1 modem and you get my power use. 343 at the wall. Take off 20(this is a best case scenario) percent for losses and you get about 275 watts for the system.
I am not saying to get a 8800GTX, but a 9600 should work with ease...