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Graphics Card: Will my Power Supply handle it?

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January 31, 2009 11:38:03 PM

Hello all who are willing to help me :)  I have been trying to google my problem, but, alas I haven't gotten any conclusive information.

Firstly, why I'm replacing. Simple; Graphics Card burnt out, need a new one.


Computer Specification (Current):

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66Ghz 4MB
Gigabyte N650SLI-DS4 (nForce 650 SLi, S775 Socket)
2 x 1GB OCZ (SLi Ready Edition) RAM PC2-6400 (800MHz)
Corsair HX 520W ATX2.2 Modular (SLi Compliant)
Palit GeForce 8600GT 256MB GDDR3

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB S300
Sony 1.44MB Internal Floppy Drive
Samsung SATA DVD/RW Drive
Hauppauge Nova-DT Dual DVB-T (TV Tuner)


Now for the replacing, I have 3 Cards in mind: 8600GT (Asus), 8800GS (Gainward), 9600GT (Inno3D). These require 300, 400, 400 according to Nvidia.

I have read somewhere that the TDP of my CPU is 65W, but I believe it can exceed this occassionally (without overclocking).

So, my question is. Will my 520W Power Supply run with this new Graphics Card needing 400W?!?!


Thanks in advance!
Thereb
January 31, 2009 11:41:23 PM

when they refer to to that number its recommendation for the whole system
U will be absolutely fine. I had that PSU in my other rig (Love it) which had a 8800GT.

Computers in general do not use as much power as many think.
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 12:02:19 AM

Yup you will be fine. Companies just list more spec for your psu so "nothing" can go wrong.
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a b ) Power supply
February 1, 2009 1:56:45 AM

thereb said:

Now for the replacing, I have 3 Cards in mind: 8600GT (Asus), 8800GS (Gainward), 9600GT (Inno3D). These require 300, 400, 400 according to Nvidia.


I would also add the 9800GT, HD4670 and HD4830 into the mix.
a c 248 ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 9:44:23 AM

repeating what other have posted. You'll be fine.
February 1, 2009 1:31:47 PM

Thanks guys :)  It's best to check before buying :) 


At theAnimal: I'm a cheap-ass :D  Students don't have much money :) 
a b ) Power supply
February 1, 2009 2:01:58 PM

@newegg, the 4830 is the same price as 8800GS & 9600GT and way outperforms them.
February 1, 2009 4:01:16 PM

Unfortunatly, I'm not living in the US :(  All of your prices are 1/2 price in comparison to those in the UK (even before the exchange rate changes etc.)

So for me........

8600GT = £52-70
8800GS = £55 (Special Offer, because it must be shifting old stock. Not stocked in many places to be honest)
9600GT = £72-100

.......by my judgement, 8800GS is best value.



Besides, my mobo is geared up for Nvidia really; nForce chipset with Sli......didnt think ATI cards would work well in it? Because that would widen my choices somewhat!

Thanks guys :) 
a b ) Power supply
a c 79 U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 4:14:04 PM

ati cards will work just fine on it, just dont do crossfire :p 

HD4670 £68.99 inc VAT
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

though 55 for 8800gs sounds good

and btw I'm from Finland :) 
most of the folks in these forums are from US though and newegg serves well as a point of reference, so to speak...
February 1, 2009 4:56:04 PM

Kari said:
ati cards will work just fine on it, just dont do crossfire :p 

HD4670 £68.99 inc VAT
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

though 55 for 8800gs sounds good

and btw I'm from Finland :) 
most of the folks in these forums are from US though and newegg serves well as a point of reference, so to speak...


Actually, its £43 with VAT, plus shipping to make it £49 at cheapest.

Whatcha recon on Gainward though? Never bought any of their products before......

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=30...



P.S. 9600GT is about £70 also, and performs better (See http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/gaming-graphics-ch... .......shame it doesn't list the 8800GS)
a b ) Power supply
a c 79 U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 5:58:38 PM

Gainward should be decent enough, haven't heard anything exceptional about them. though I havent owned anything from them either...

and those toms charts have some weird things on them lately...

xbitlabs shows them to be quite even, though 9600gt is still slighly faster
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/powercol...
but at the time of the launch, the 9600 was more expensive. if the prices are about the same, then the 9600 would be slightly better buy...
February 2, 2009 6:46:09 AM

Well, I think I will stick with the steal that is the 8800GS. I can't really afford a great deal much to be honest, budget £50~ unfortunatly. I will probably be upgrading in about a year, so I see not much point in going all out. (And my mobo doesn't have PCI 2.0 as an add-in factor).

Thanks for all your help guys :)  Now just gotta choose what I want :) 
February 2, 2009 10:31:52 AM

thereb said:

2 x 1GB OCZ (SLi Ready Edition) RAM PC2-6400 (800MHz)



How the eff can RAM be SLI ready? oO
Anything to sell a few sticks eh
February 7, 2009 5:00:14 AM

its just a marketing gimmick. SLI ready = EPP profile from what i gather.
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