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.

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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.


    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.
  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!


    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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