Am I reading this correct-Total Power Draw for 8800 GT Sys 230 W?



Am I reading this correctly? Reason is I have a 425 W Power supply..I want to get an 8800 GT-a friend of a friend is selling his card since he is starting grad school. I know minimum power supply is 400 W..I have that covered..but I don't like to live that close to the edge..if max power consumption under 3D conditions is even 320 or below..I will feel safe..So am I reading it correctly? It is a quality power supply.

This was the setup for the test

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3 GHz)
Motherboard Asus P5K3 Deluxe
Memory Kingston 2 x 1024 MB setup in DDR-3 800 5-5-5-15-21
Hard Drive
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  1. You're reading it right and yes, your power supply will handle a 8800GT easily.
  2. I am confused though.,.I see people on the forum having trouble with a 8800 GT 425 W power supply. Why would they be having trouble? I just don't want to throw $100 down the drain.
  3. dirtmountain said:
    You're reading it right and yes, your power supply will handle a 8800GT easily.


    Not exactly,

    If he is an occasional game player his power supply lifespan would be like a year or 2 with a 425W PSU.

    The Max power is 425 but you don't want your power supply that has a max power of 425 struggling every time you use it it will not live long.

    Your E6850 uses little power which is good but still, i would say get a 480- 500 watt at the least
  4. jamesrwright said:
    I am confused though.,.I see people on the forum having trouble with a 8800 GT 425 W power supply. Why would they be having trouble? I just don't want to throw $100 down the drain.

    It's not just about watts, you need the amps on the 12v.
    An 8800GT should have a 24-26amp psu to be ok.
  5. Sorry I am a dumbass..
    I was reading the wrong part of the power supply
    It's 550 Watt

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8763457&st=Power+Supply&lp=4&type=product&cp=1&id=1203815240920

    I may try to get something a little more powerful like a 4870..
    It could handle it right?

    Jim
  6. I'm running a 4850 on a fairly poor 550W power supply. The 4870 does use a good 40-50W more though. I don't know much about the quality of BFG PSes (quality makes a huge difference. My 550W can't actually supply 550W like a high quality PCP&C could).
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