PSU for low/mid-range video card

I have been searching for what type of psu I should get for my new computer for a low/mid range video card(i am on a budget of a about 150$ for a psu and card together and it has got my brain racing). Found tomshardware and thought it wouldn't hurt to ask here(Don't know a lot about computer hardware but know some).

Anyway the other day I bought http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668054.php


Was wondering if this psu would be fine with a nvidia 8600gt and my computer.
http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1389575&Sku=T925-2060&SRCCODE=BIZUSA&CMP=OTC-BIZRATE

I know that is a pretty cheap psu but i hear thermaltake is a good brand. But wasn't sure if that would work fine with my computer + the card or not. Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated.
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  1. It's a good PSU. 8600GT will be fine on it, why not look at 9600GT or 3850 512MB.
  2. Also look at Antec NeoHE 430W. It can handle dual core PC's with plenty of hard drives, an 8800GT, even with OC CPU.
  3. The stock PSU in the Gateway would be fine to power a 8600GT 512 with DDR3 RAM (the DDR3 is appreciably faster than the DDR2 version) You'd only need to upgrade the PSU if you went to a more powerful graphics card.
    Great buy right now on a PSU for single card solutions is the Antec 430w Earthwatts http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
    $30 after rebate
  4. Earthwatts FTW! Save the planet while kicking ass online. I LIKE IT!
  5. Higher rated GPUs that would still keep you under budget ($150) including the PSU after rebates http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127365
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127339 (just make sure your system has room to fit these) both run almost 9 inches long
  6. Thanks a lot for the replies. I was going to get the 256 pci-e 8600gt http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3041060&Sku=E145-8600&SRCCODE=COMPYAHSDF&cm_mmc_o=QztBBCjCVRqCjCVRqCjCVRq
    I don't do a lot of heavy gaming or anything. That card says 350watt min so I would need a new psu since mine is only stock 300w. It was said that a 512 pci-e 8600gt will work with my 300w psu. Is this true Because I am kinda confused. I have seen on 2 different sites and get 2 different requirements for the 512 pci-e.

    this one says 300w min http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3504453&CatId=1826

    and this one says 400w with 12v current rating of 30a or more. http://www.fadfusion.com/selection.php?product_item_number=10161205321

    Which one is right?
  7. Wow, Fadfusion has the highest recommended power supply requirements i've ever seen for the 8600GT. You will be fine with the stock 300w power supply. Here's a couple of links you can check to see what power the 8800GT uses
    http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=7&t=9354
    and a link to a power supply calculator. You should be consuming about 200w to 210w of power with your system with the 8600GT included which should be plenty of margin.
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
  8. I should have said that SOME 8600GT cards do not require the 6 pin supplementary power from the PSU. Probably has something to do with the fan/cooling solution. This one from Tigerdirect doesn't http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3514923&CatId=1560
    or this one from Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121223
  9. symbolic said:
    Thanks a lot for the replies. I was going to get the 256 pci-e 8600gt http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3041060&Sku=E145-8600&SRCCODE=COMPYAHSDF&cm_mmc_o=QztBBCjCVRqCjCVRqCjCVRq
    I don't do a lot of heavy gaming or anything. That card says 350watt min so I would need a new psu since mine is only stock 300w. It was said that a 512 pci-e 8600gt will work with my 300w psu. Is this true Because I am kinda confused. I have seen on 2 different sites and get 2 different requirements for the 512 pci-e.

    this one says 300w min http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3504453&CatId=1826

    and this one says 400w with 12v current rating of 30a or more. http://www.fadfusion.com/selection.php?product_item_number=10161205321

    Which one is right?


    You might as well get an older ATI card:
    http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3244199&body=REVIEWS
    Would be just as good and 25% cheaper for a non-gamer!! I like the HIS dual-slot coolers (they are totally silent).

    Bob
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