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June 11, 2009 12:00:54 AM

I need to buy a new power supply to be able to handle a new video card and ram. Can I buy just any type? Are there certain types for certain computers?

I am using a HP a1600n (yes, I know it's crap...it's only for WoW), I am getting 4 gigs of ram and a 9800 gtx card. I planned on getting a 750 or 800 watt power supply.

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a b ) Power supply
June 11, 2009 3:52:53 AM

Why not get an HD4770 instead? It uses far less power for about the same performance, and probably wouldn't require a PSU upgrade.
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June 11, 2009 6:15:08 AM

Probably not a great idea considering there is probably a 300W PSU in that HP and at best can run the stock configuration. I have an HP that has a similar style case and it is using a standard ATX PSU. You can always open it up and check for yourself, but I'm pretty sure it will be standard. Therefore since you are only using one card I would suggest something like...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2009 6:25:43 AM

For a single graphics card, you wont need more than a high quality 450W PSU...
Get something like this...
Antec EA500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And dont get the 9800GTX+, instead get the GTS 250...both the 9800GTX+ and GTS 250 have the same chip but the GTS250 has a smaller PCB and better circuitry and consumes less power...
June 11, 2009 8:08:38 AM

He would get away with a earthwatt 380 with those parts. but just get a beefyr model instead might need it eventually
June 11, 2009 2:51:00 PM

gkay09 said:
For a single graphics card, you wont need more than a high quality 450W PSU...
Get something like this...
Antec EA500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And dont get the 9800GTX+, instead get the GTS 250...both the 9800GTX+ and GTS 250 have the same chip but the GTS250 has a smaller PCB and better circuitry and consumes less power...

I was thinking the same thing when ragsters suggested the PC Power. The thing is the Antec you suggested is the same price and the PC Power is a better PSU, he would just have to deal with the rebate.

I would suggest a 4850 instead of either the 9800GTX+ or the GTS 250. It performs the same and can be found for about $30 less.
Here is one that's $79.99 after promo code and rebate. Code ends today.
June 11, 2009 3:02:15 PM

^+1
That is a very good price on a very good PSU.
June 11, 2009 4:54:39 PM

What is ATX? How do I know if my computer can use it?

I am getting the 9800 because I caught it for a very, very good deal (free from a friend).
June 12, 2009 6:08:54 PM

Glad to hear it.
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