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Will my 230w PSU run a XFX/ATI 5670?

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February 26, 2010 4:31:36 PM

Hi,

I've currently got an old media center pc and I've currently got on order an XFX/ATI 5670. My current graphics card is a very very old an nVidia GeForce 7600 GS (256MB GDDR2, 450MHz GPU, Memory 400MHz) as it came with the pc nearly 3 years ago.

I just wanted to know if my 230w PSU will run the new card? I know ATI recommends a 400w PSU but I don't want to have to shell out the money for a new PSU unless 100% necessary. The 5670 only draws about 75w on full load.

Thanks

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February 26, 2010 4:44:37 PM

Short answer: No

I wouldn't trust it. Though, it doesn't "need" 400W of power supply running the system either.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will do quite nicely. Built a rig using that PSU and GPU for my little brother. Works very fine.

Honestly, if you're going to invest in any kind of video card, it's worth buying a reliable PSU. A good, reliable power supply can last a couple upgrades, and this one in particular is quite energy efficient (and very quiet)
February 26, 2010 4:59:59 PM

Thanks,

I'm looking at getting a Hiper 530w ATX PSU which will more than cover it I think.
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February 26, 2010 5:06:57 PM

I would recommend you reconsider and get a PSU from one of the more reputable brands. Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ, and Antec all make high quality power supplies.

Corsair 400cx-- very good choice for $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I own this-- its quiet, cool, very efficient and has a 3 year warranty.
February 26, 2010 5:14:37 PM

Ok,

I've found an Antec SmartPower 350W which is quite cheap. You think that will be reliable PSU?
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February 26, 2010 5:19:19 PM

^+1 to 400CX.

It is a very nice PSU(I'm running one too :)  )

February 26, 2010 5:49:11 PM

Avoid HIPER!!!
I've only ever worked with 3 systems that had HIPER power supplies, and all three of them were severely damaged because of the power supply!

I've personally lost a Pentium D, motherboard, RAM, and video card because of one of their PSUs.

Go Antec, Corsair, or Thermaltake. Beware the cheap "powerful" PSUs!
Your computer is only as good as your power supply!

BEWARE! BEWARE! Beware! beware....
February 26, 2010 6:02:46 PM

deadlockedworld said:
I cant find the specs on that 350w, so I cant recommend it.

This EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W is a little cheaper than the Corsair though since it has no MIR and free shipping, and would still be good for a 5670.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GRR... I recommended that one already!

Quote:
Short answer: No

I wouldn't trust it. Though, it doesn't "need" 400W of power supply running the system either.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371033

This will do quite nicely. Built a rig using that PSU and GPU for my little brother. Works very fine.

Honestly, if you're going to invest in any kind of video card, it's worth buying a reliable PSU. A good, reliable power supply can last a couple upgrades, and this one in particular is quite energy efficient (and very quiet)
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February 26, 2010 6:12:33 PM

LOL... Well there is nothing wrong with us agreeing :-)
February 26, 2010 6:34:11 PM

deadlockedworld said:
LOL... Well there is nothing wrong with us agreeing :-)


^+21 to People Skills for agreeing with me :D 
February 26, 2010 7:14:50 PM

As just about everyone has said...the Corsair cx400. Don't be ignorant and get something different. Its $39 with a rebate. $55 without! Can't pass that up!
February 26, 2010 8:22:55 PM

lauxenburg said:
As just about everyone has said...the Corsair cx400. Don't be ignorant and get something different. Its $39 with a rebate. $55 without! Can't pass that up!

The CX400 isn't 80 PLUS Bronze certified. ONLY 80 Plus :kaola:  and it's $15 more than the Antec Earthwatts EA-380D
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February 26, 2010 8:28:40 PM

tikrjee said:
The CX400 isn't 80 PLUS Bronze certified. ONLY 80 Plus :kaola:  and it's $15 more than the Antec Earthwatts EA-380D


Lol they are the same after MIR--and im proof that corsair honors MIR agreements. I like the bottom-mount fan on the Corsair that sucks air out of the case.

Either is a good choice.
February 26, 2010 8:34:58 PM

deadlockedworld said:
Lol they are the same after MIR--and im proof that corsair honors MIR agreements. I like the bottom-mount fan on the Corsair that sucks air out of the case.

Either is a good choice.


Yea, can't go wrong with either one. Flip a coin on it. Or, if you don't have that extra $15 at the moment, go antec :D 
February 26, 2010 8:59:29 PM

Mu suggestion get a CORSAIR VX450W.....please avoid cheap brands, many people fail to realize how important a PSU and end up getting crappy ones and ultimately frying your computer...

I agree with tikrjee
February 26, 2010 9:09:13 PM

Thanks for everyone's input. I live in the UK so any US website won't be any good for me. My bad for not mentioning earlier guys. I will look at the PSU's you guys have mentioned on UK websites and see what kind of prices they are going for.

Thanks again
February 26, 2010 9:13:48 PM

...now he tells us!
it's all good. at least we provided you brand names and model numbers :D 

Good Hunting!
February 26, 2010 11:29:05 PM

xxtomxx said:
Thanks for everyone's input. I live in the UK so any US website won't be any good for me. My bad for not mentioning earlier guys. I will look at the PSU's you guys have mentioned on UK websites and see what kind of prices they are going for.

Thanks again


Ebuyer have the Antec Earthwatts 380W for £33 if i remember correctly, let me just check...

Here you go, £33.16

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/185183

Cheapest in the land ;) 
February 28, 2010 7:33:42 PM

Thanks for the link. I think that's the one I'm going to get

Nice one guys
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