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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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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.

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...

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.

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/pro.jsp

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.
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