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Power Supply Question

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
May 29, 2008 5:14:58 AM

Hey guys.

I am in the market for a new cheap video card and after some research I have settled on a GeForce 8600 GT.

However, my question to you guys is, will my 300 Watt PSU be enough for it?

I filled in some form on a website which I cannot find again, relating to your power consumption based on what components you have in your PC, and it was quite a bit lower then 300 with the new graphics card on it. But I thought it would be better to ask here where people are helpful and know things rather then relying on some online form.


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May 29, 2008 5:28:52 AM

Yes, the 8600 GT system requirements are a 300w power supply. You'll be fine with the stock 300w from the EVGA 8600 GT 512 Minimum System Requirements

Intel® or AMD® compatible motherboard

At least 512MB system RAM

PCI Express® compliant motherboard

A minimum 300W system power supply

50MB of available hard disk space

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP or Vista

VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor You'll want the 512 with DDR3 memory
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a b U Graphics card
May 29, 2008 5:45:12 AM

I recommend getting in the habit of using the online calculator as it considers all the components you might have - and lets you see true requirements.

Here is the link for the "lite version" that calculates total requirements.

If you can afford it, the more complete version identifies power requirements for each leg - it is very important with todays compononets to know in particular the 12v requirement as well as total wattage.

It only costs $2 for 3 day access and $10 for lifetime limited access.
May 29, 2008 5:46:46 AM

It really depends on what 300W PSU you have. There is a lot of junk out there.
May 29, 2008 6:02:51 AM

Too bad, I know your prices are higher over there.

Maybe you should PM randomizer for help on what to get and where.