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I need a graphic card under for a 300W computer

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March 15, 2009 8:49:10 PM

Hey, I was looking to make a new computer from scratch, but I might put that on hold for now and just put a cheapish graphics card in my current one, then upgrade over summer. Current stats are a Q6600, 3GB RAM, and only a 300W power supply. I think the mother board is a Nforce 630i or something like that. I don't want to go to expensive as this is kind of temporary, but with 300W max, I figured that cards wouldn't be all that much. Any Ideas on the best ones to get?
a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2009 11:12:49 PM

HD 4670. It doesn't even need a power connector, it really is a lovely little card.
a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2009 11:31:40 PM

^+1. Or may be even a 4650.
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March 16, 2009 1:22:34 AM

Those cards look like they need 400W, would that not be a problem?
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2009 2:03:13 AM

You can take manufacturer requirements with a large pinch of salt. I ran a 6600gt on a 305w supply for over two years and it needed a power connector.

If the 4670 doesn't run on 300w, not much worth it will.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3405&p=9

Core 2 Quad 9450, 4670 running Crysis on max using 139 watts. You could probably run them crossfire on a 300w supply. I'm not recommending you try that btw. :D 
March 16, 2009 3:13:17 AM

cool, thanks for that, I'll probably get it, now though, which one :D , 512mb or 1gb
March 16, 2009 3:25:02 AM

feylic said:
cool, thanks for that, I'll probably get it, now though, which one :D , 512mb or 1gb


512MB.
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