Looking for AGP 2x/4x 360 watt power supply card

Hello,

I am looking to upgrade my original AGP card that came with my Dell Precision WorkStation 450. I would like to get the best card available that my current system can handle. I have 1.5 GB of memory and two 2.4 Ghz CPUs with hyper-threading enabled on each. I believe it has a 360 Watts Power Factor Correcting (PFC) power supply.

It appears the best card would be an HIS Hightech H385F512ANP Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card available from newegg. However, I am concerned about my power supply. It appears this card wants 450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express®. I don't have any six pin connectors and the supply is only rated 360. I believe you can get an adapter to take two 4-pin power connectors and make a six pin one. However, the wattage would still be too low.

What is the best AGP 8x card I could get given the power supply limitation of 360 watts?

Thanks.

-William
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  1. You may be able to upgrade to a nvidia 6200 card for around 40 USD from newegg. They only require a 300 watt PSU.
  2. For what purpose?
    AGP is getting old for games but this has just been released:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125281

    It might be a little slower than the 3850 but then again it draws only 50W at full load, and it's cheaper.

    And accodrding to Dell, your system has a AGP Pro slot, which is longer than normal but standard cards will fit and work normally.
  3. This would be for gaming purposes (such as running Guild Wars or Spore).

    Note that I already made the mistake of getting this PCI card but it seems no better perhaps due to bandwidth limitations of PCI?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187058

    According to that newegg page, the above recommend GIGABYTE GV-R465D2-1GI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 8X requires:

    "Minimum 400W or greater system power supply." so I think that one is not okay.

    So would an AGP pro card provide better performance? The only one at new egg is this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129096

    Thanks.

    -William
  4. Lol get a new computer is all i have to say
    good luck find an AGP card these days.
  5. Geez you people and your dinosaur AGP systems.
    Get a new pc!
  6. Woah! The 4650 in AGP!
  7. i have the same system as WilliamKF
    i am also looking for a better graphics card.
    Dell recomended these AGP graphics cards

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=agp

    but they did say get in touch with the manufacturar and see which are compatible with the 360Watt power.

    hope this helps.
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