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Wanting to upgrade from a 7600 to a 9800 GT.. need help

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January 1, 2009 10:23:17 PM

Greetings! I currently have a 7600 256MB video card and I am looking to upgrade to a 9800 GT 1GB video card. Link to the card is below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Couple questions.. my current video card does not require external power. It looks like this one does. I checked and I only have 1 of the required power connectors left (believe its two connectors into 1 6 pin). I have 4 fans which are eating up the other connectors. I could move down to 3 fans to free up the extra connector, but I am assuming I will need a new power supply if I want to keep the 4 fans? Also, this card uses a PCI Express X16 2.0 slot.. specs on my motherboard say PCI Express X16.. but nothing about 2.0. Should I be concerned? Links below to my mobo and case with current power supply (500W)

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case with power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So in summary, here are my questions

1) Do I need a new power supply or should I just go with 3 fans instead of 4?

2) Will my mobo support this card?

Thanks!

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January 1, 2009 11:42:33 PM

What is the amperage on the +12v rail(s)?

A 9800GT should pull around 250watts on load or more with a typical system. I think you'll be pushing it close with that PSU.

PCIe 2.0 video cards will be backwards compatible with PCIe 1.0 slots.
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January 2, 2009 2:48:51 PM

Not sure what the amperage is on the +12v rail(s). Am thinking about just going ahead and upgrading my PSU to the one below. It looks like it comes with the connectors I need for the video card (PCI-E?). Am I off base here with this idea?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 2, 2009 3:27:46 PM

nVidia recommends 500W... So better get little more than that... and 9800GTX+ would be much better than a 9800GT... it utilises less power than 9800GT... and is much faster.... so go for 9800GTX+...
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January 2, 2009 3:34:29 PM

700W do the trick?
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January 2, 2009 3:39:58 PM

700W will be plenty for 9800GT or 9800GTX+
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