Need advice: Graphic Card with 300 watt?

First off card is toward a friend.
He bought a Gateway comp for 240$ a bestbuy.
I search it up at newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113051&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL060508&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL060508-_-DesktopPCs-_-L4C-_-83113051

So the past few weeks. I gave him some really old hardware.
1 was a Nvidia 6800gs OC.
It almost like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130063
The problem was the card ran from 80-111c!!!
I touch it and it was extremely hot.
I install a side 120m fan and the 80m fan to the front.
Drops it down to only 5-10c.

Anyway I figure the card is too old its likely broke during storage.
I ask him if he want a better card like an 8800gt? He said yes but I told him he had to change his PSU.
He insist that he does not wish to because power usage in his house.

So anyway looks like I'm stuck with picking a graphic card with 300watt.
I was really close to getting a 8500gt.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121094


So anyway that's the story. Whats the best card with a 300watt gateway psu???

Many Thanks!
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  1. my 8600 gts worked just dandy with my 300 watt psu in my compaq. i would reccomend it. however, i believe that if you have a large power supply, it won't run that high all the time, if thats what your friend is wondering.
  2. na he just doesn't want to get the hassle through a new psu.
    Even though I'll be installing it. :sweat:

    hmm maybe i get the 8600gt from xfx on newegg.
    But is there much dif between the 8500 i posted from that 8600.
    Great price with a zalman fan :D
  3. bsan89 said:
    First off card is toward a friend.
    He bought a Gateway comp for 240$ a bestbuy.
    I search it up at newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113051&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL060508&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL060508-_-DesktopPCs-_-L4C-_-83113051

    So the past few weeks. I gave him some really old hardware.
    1 was a Nvidia 6800gs OC.
    It almost like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130063
    The problem was the card ran from 80-111c!!!
    I touch it and it was extremely hot.
    I install a side 120m fan and the 80m fan to the front.
    Drops it down to only 5-10c.

    Anyway I figure the card is too old its likely broke during storage.
    I ask him if he want a better card like an 8800gt? He said yes but I told him he had to change his PSU.
    He insist that he does not wish to because power usage in his house.

    So anyway looks like I'm stuck with picking a graphic card with 300watt.
    I was really close to getting a 8500gt.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121094


    So anyway that's the story. Whats the best card with a 300watt gateway psu???

    Many Thanks!


    you try reapplying thermal paste on the 6800gs?

    oh, and also - in games where the cards'll actually perform decently (older games), the 6800 might actually match the 8600, and I'm pretty sure it's better than the 8500.
  4. 6800 cards run hot, and they are built to do so. I don't think you have a bad card. I had great results in cooling both the vga card and the cpu by changing to the Arctic cooling NV silencer 5 (rev.3) http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=40 they may be hard to find, but they are not expensive. The big benefit is that it sends the hot vga air directly out the back of the case instead of recirculating it.

    To answer your question, 300w may be ok if it is the right kind of PSU. The key is the number of amps it can deliver to the 12v rails. The psu should have that info on the side. If most of the 300w goes to the 12v rails, then you are good.
  5. Pretty close performance for the 2 cards http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-cards,1942-7.html
    Perhaps an aftermarket VGA cooling solution like this for the card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887009
    $40.00 or $30.00 after rebate. I'm sure there's others that would work cheaper
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