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February 17, 2009 7:14:00 PM

P.C. specs:
MOBO; ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+Geforce 8300
CPU; AMD A64x2 7750 2.7 AM2
MEM; 2 1g cruc bl 12864AA 1066
PSU; Raidmax Hybrid2 RX 530SS

I am thinking about adding a 9800GTX+ ddr3 512mb card

Will the PSU I have work? Should I look at another card? I do not understand the amp rating and the 12V rails.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
February 17, 2009 8:32:53 PM

The 4870 would be a better choice with your raidmax power supply. For the 9800gtx, I recommend a corsair, seasonic, enermax, or pc power and cooling. For example, newegg has a corsair 650w for $99.99 before rebate with 51 amps on a single 12v rail, more than enough for the 9800gtx. Whatever you do, don't buy a cheaper brand power supply just because it claims to have 600-700 watts. Cheaper brands die under load, or may not even post.
a b ) Power supply
February 17, 2009 9:43:18 PM

o1die said:
The 4870 would be a better choice with your raidmax power supply. For the 9800gtx, I recommend a corsair, seasonic, enermax, or pc power and cooling. For example, newegg has a corsair 650w for $99.99 before rebate with 51 amps on a single 12v rail, more than enough for the 9800gtx. Whatever you do, don't buy a cheaper brand power supply just because it claims to have 600-700 watts. Cheaper brands die under load, or may not even post.


The 4870 uses more power than 9800GTX+. And 650W is overkill.
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a b ) Power supply
February 17, 2009 9:45:39 PM

dbrun5 said:
P.C. specs:
MOBO; ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+Geforce 8300
CPU; AMD A64x2 7750 2.7 AM2
MEM; 2 1g cruc bl 12864AA 1066
PSU; Raidmax Hybrid2 RX 530SS

I am thinking about adding a 9800GTX+ ddr3 512mb card

Will the PSU I have work? Should I look at another card? I do not understand the amp rating and the 12V rails.


The HD4850 performs about the same and is usually cheaper.

The PSU will probably work, but I would highly recommend getting a good quality one instead. Antec Earthwatts 500, Corsair VX550, Seasonic S12II 500.
February 17, 2009 10:57:07 PM

^agree with theanimal
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2009 2:28:30 AM

My bad. I meant to say 4850.
a c 248 ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
February 18, 2009 2:33:23 AM

^5 and +2 for what the other posters said about getting a high quality power supply.
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