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Will a Radeon 3850 work with a 230 watt PSU?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 26, 2008 12:33:36 PM

Can i use a radeon 3850 or a Radeon 3650 with a 230 watt PSU?
If i can't use the PSU that I'm using now, can someone tell me which I can buy?

Motherboard: FSB 800 Mhz, AGP 8x
CPU: Intel P4 3,2 Ghz Hyper Threading
Cashe: 512 KB
RAM memory: 2 st 256 MB, 1 st 1024 MB, 400 Mhz
Graphic card: I'm currently usning a ATI Radeon 9800 256 MB.
November 26, 2008 12:37:48 PM

The motherboard is an ATX btw.
November 26, 2008 12:39:11 PM

No. I don't think so. I think you need about 350w
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November 26, 2008 12:43:04 PM

ATI Radeon HD 3870 and ATI Radeon HD 3850 System Requirements

450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for dual ATI CrossFireX™)

Look into a QUALITY 450w+ Corsair, PCP&C, Seasonic, Enermax or Antec Earthwatts PSU.
You can generally find one of the above for less than $50 on newegg.
November 26, 2008 10:37:21 PM

no way. For a 3850 the minimum I would recommend is a 320-watt (with that current setup) 230-watts is just a bad idea.

Get this power supply:
it should be more then enough for any single card years down the road... and it's at a ridiculously good deal at the moment.
November 27, 2008 6:48:40 AM

I'm from sweden, but i can look for the same PSU but from a swedish website.
July 25, 2009 3:18:58 AM

I have a compaq presario 6016us that comes with a 220W power supply. other installed components are 1 sata card, 1 wd green drive 1tb, 1 cd/dvd burner, and 1gb mem.

I bought the Sapphire 3850. I have been running for a month or so fully stable. It comes with a Molex to 8pin P8 adapter with 2 molex connectors which I was careful to run two different lines coming from the power supply. There are several web sites that indicate that the maximum wattage for this card is right around 70 watts.