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8800gt psu requirements

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April 15, 2009 12:10:51 AM

Hey I was thinking of upgrading to an nvidia 8800gt,
And was wondering whether or not my psu is good enough.
Or should I buy a new one?


+3.3V | +5V | +12V | -5V | -12V | +5VSB

20A | 30A | 20A | 0.5A | 0.8A | 2.5A


April 15, 2009 1:56:14 AM

Depends on the rest of your system.

What brand/model is the PSU?
April 15, 2009 2:14:04 AM

If I'm reading your post correctly you have a single 12v rail with 20A? Hmm the 8800GT isn't very power hungry but that is a little low. Your brand of power supply will make all the difference in the world as to whether or not it can handle that load.
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April 15, 2009 2:31:38 AM

Yes a single 12v rail 20 a the psu is a COLORSit switching power supply ATX12V (probably not good enough)

The rest of my specs are as follows;

asus m2n68-vm
Amd Athlon 64 x2 5200+ 2.7ghz
2gb Transcend DDR2-800
80gb sata hdd
LG Dvd rewriter

thanks guys.
a c 106 U Graphics card
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April 15, 2009 3:03:55 AM

That's enough power for a single card. Well that's assuming that your PSU is somewhat decent and can sustain something close to its rated power. Really though you may as well go with a 9800GT since it's basically the same thing but generally a little cheaper and easier to find.
April 15, 2009 4:09:56 AM

It should work, but I would do your system a favor and upgrade to a good quality PSU. Corsair CX400 or VX450, Antec Earthwatts 380 or 430, BFG LS450.
April 15, 2009 11:08:37 AM

Thanks for the replies guys!!! So i should be fine then? I said 8800gt because i can get one for £75 at a local store, My current hd2600pro 256mb is starting to show its age. Would it be fine to run with my current psu till I can get a new one in a few weeks?
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April 16, 2009 3:38:04 AM

Tough call... It'd be close, especially with any overclocking on the CPU or 8800GT, and dependent upon additional devices. An 8800GT draws almost 2.5x the power of a 2600Pro at full load. That's quite a difference.

It might be better (safer) to go with a 9600GT instead. You'd lose a little performance compared to a 8800/9800GT (they are the same card), but it draws only 2x the power of a 2600Pro. If you think your system can handle the power requirement of an 8800GT, wait for the ATI 4770 to come out in a couple weeks. It's priced at $100 and ATI claims it beats the 8800/9800GT. Current wattage ratings for it show as 80W, identical to the 9800GT. Could also consider a 55nm version of the 9800GTX+, also rated at 80W...

I just don't know if your system is actually capable of sustaining that level of power. If you're getting this 8800GT super cheap, I say try it, but don't be surprised if you see system crashes in games while it's under load.
April 18, 2009 11:18:42 AM

No chance. You'll need at least 26A 12v. You may suffer from system crashes to lowered performance. It might not even turn on. Get something with < 30A 12v rail(s).
April 18, 2009 5:26:33 PM

An 8800 GT (aka 9800 GT) draws approximately 9.3 amps at max load.

Think about it: If an 8800 gt really needed 26 amps like it says on the box, that means it would require 312 watts (12v * 26a = 312w). The motherboard PCIE slot supplies 75 watts of power, and each PCIE connector from the PSU is officially rated 75w (though unofficially it can do much more). At 26 amps, an 8800 GT would need four 6pin PCIE connectors from the PSU to work within specifications. It gets even sillier when you look at SLI. At 26 amps, the cards would eat 624 watts and require a whopping total of eight 6pin PCIE connectors. That's obviously not how it plays out in practice.

OP, your PSU is rated high enough, but whether or not your PSU can actually do what it's rated is another question. If it's a cheap 400w, then it might be dodgy, but if it's brand name then you will be fine.