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May 26, 2009 4:02:37 PM

Hello evevrybody! need to buy a graphics card but this is the PSU i have:

http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Power/litepower/w016...

And this is my System Configuration:

Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.8GHZ [E7400]
Motherboard: Intel G41TY
RAM: 2.5 GB DDR-II
250GB SATA Hard Disk
and some stupid 16X DVD ROM

so whats the best i can get?

THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!
May 26, 2009 4:05:33 PM

a 9600 Gt or similar will work fine.

ATI 4670 as well.

May 26, 2009 4:14:23 PM

THANKS!!!! I'd bettr get my coats.
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May 29, 2009 3:50:02 AM

hey, just need one more help!!! will i b able to run the HD 4770????
and btw, how good is this ECS brand?? i've seen this ECS 9600GT really cheap in my country...is it worth a risk???!!??

help me out!
a c 359 U Graphics card
May 29, 2009 6:29:09 AM

You will be able to install the more powerful HD 4770 since it uses less power than the 9600GT.

ECS is a good brand, I have a passively cooled ECS 9600GT in my HTPC. All video cards are in fact made by a handful of OEMs who slaps on the appropriate sticker for whatever brand names the OEM has business deals with.
a c 376 U Graphics card
May 29, 2009 10:17:26 AM

It depends on how much you want to spend and what resolution you want to play at.
That processor is still pretty decent although you should give it an overclock. It should easily reach at least 3.3 ghz on stock cooling.
The HD 4770 is a good choice if you can find one but I'd think that PSU could handle most cards.
May 30, 2009 8:16:00 AM

I got like about 100 pounds. so maybe HD 4770 is the best for me??!!!???!!!!
a c 185 U Graphics card
May 30, 2009 6:18:20 PM

Both Nvidia and ATI overstate the power needs of their cards, mainly because there are so many cheap units out there that cannot supply what they are rated for.
The minimum requirements are 450W and 24A on the +12v output, your unit has 30A on the +12v side, plenty enough.
I have no doubt you will be fine but the decision is yours, if you are uncertain the HD4770 or 9600GT need less power, but are also, in turn less powerful.
May 31, 2009 6:54:44 AM

GTS 250 then!
May 31, 2009 7:35:01 AM

coozie7 said:
Both Nvidia and ATI overstate the power needs of their cards, mainly because there are so many cheap units out there that cannot supply what they are rated for.
The minimum requirements are 450W and 24A on the +12v output, your unit has 30A on the +12v side, plenty enough.
I have no doubt you will be fine but the decision is yours, if you are uncertain the HD4770 or 9600GT need less power, but are also, in turn less powerful.



You cannot add the 12v's like that. Sometimes you may get away with it but you'll more often be wrong.

This particular power supply has only 19 amperes on the 12v rail nowhere near 30. I do not believe he will be able to run the GTS 250 under heavy load.

Source Use ctrl + F to search for litepower.
May 31, 2009 1:27:33 PM

Dustpuppy said:
You cannot add the 12v's like that. Sometimes you may get away with it but you'll more often be wrong.

This particular power supply has only 19 amperes on the 12v rail nowhere near 30. I do not believe he will be able to run the GTS 250 under heavy load.

Source Use ctrl + F to search for litepower.



so what do you suggest?
May 31, 2009 3:03:38 PM

Dustpuppy said:
You cannot add the 12v's like that. Sometimes you may get away with it but you'll more often be wrong.

This particular power supply has only 19 amperes on the 12v rail nowhere near 30. I do not believe he will be able to run the GTS 250 under heavy load.

Source Use ctrl + F to search for litepower.



Even so, 19 amps is enough to run the 9800 GT. According to this review, the 8800 GT (aka 9800 GT) uses only 9.3 amps/111 watts at max load.
a c 185 U Graphics card
May 31, 2009 3:55:49 PM

There seems to be a disagreement here.
In the interests of safety the best option for asif00013 would be the HD4770, which will run on a 400W supply, no problems.
May 31, 2009 4:05:47 PM

I recommend getting a 500watt PSU, then you will be able to buy any of the cards mentioned on this board. A 500watt PSU from a quality brand like OCZ isn't extremely expensive, you can find them for 50 Dollars right now and you can get really good deals for them on websites like newegg and tigerdirect.
May 31, 2009 8:23:02 PM

A 4770 as others have said is the wise choice here. Uses half the power of the other cards and gives performance a mere 10% ish below the gts 250. If you're like me and let your rig idle, it'll probably save you around $20 a year in power as well.

As for 9.3 amps on the 8800gt, you have to add in the rest of the system. The e7500 does have one of the lower tdp's of only 65w, but that's still going to push it to around 15a or so before adding in the rest of the rig. If it does work he's going to be stressing his power supply badly & riding the +-5% of the atx specification hoping it falls his way.
May 31, 2009 10:47:43 PM

The E7400 and 8800 GT at max load will consume 14.72 amps. The hard drive and CD-ROM won't be using more than 1 amp each, and maybe one more amp for case fans. This would result in a total power consumption of 17.72 amps. -5% of 19a would be 18.05 amps, so the OP would be (just barely) beyond the atx specification if every single component managed to be running at 100% all at the same time. As unlikely as a scenario that is, it's still closer to max load than I initially thought.

OP, the 4770 is the safer option, but the numbers say you could theoretically run a 9800 GT. Just be aware that if you go with the 9800 GT, you're cutting it extremely close.

As an aside, it seems the 1GB version of the 9600 GT and 8800 (9800) GT uses 33% less energy than its 512 MB brethren. Odd...
June 2, 2009 5:49:57 AM

but what if i buy the 9800GT and dont overclock it??? will i be able to run my system safely?
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 3, 2009 1:33:59 AM

It should handle a 9800gt easily imo.
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