Power Supply Question

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.

--Thanks
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  1. 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
  2. here's one at Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130290 the DDR2 versions are cheaper, but the DDR3 version offers substantially better performance over the DDR2 one
  3. 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.jsp

    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.
  4. It really depends on what 300W PSU you have. There is a lot of junk out there.
  5. Thank you all very much for the quick replies!

    http://www.shoppingsquare.com.au/p_3781_PALIT_NVIDIA_GEFORCE_8600GT_512MB_PCIE_VIDEO_CARD

    This is they card I was planning to get. I can't seem to find an eVGA card (as you can tell I'm from Australia).
  6. 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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