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Power requirements of an AMD quad core and Radeon 5670 1 GB GPU.

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March 24, 2010 8:07:48 PM

Hi everybody,

I have a desktop pc, comprising of a 2 athlon quad core 630, each processor running at 2.6 ghz per processor, N68C-S motherboard, 2 GB of Kingston ram, 250 GB hard drive, 1 DVD drive and a 450 watt power supply.

I wish to upgrade my graphics card to a Radeon 5670 1 GB, i choose this card, because from what i have seen, it does not require a huge amount of power.

I was just wondering if this card will be fine with my PSU? If not what card would you all recommend?
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 8:10:00 PM

It should work just fine. It is a low power card
March 24, 2010 8:12:00 PM

rolli59 said:
It should work just fine. It is a low power card

Thanks for the quick reply.

Thats why i chose it, but because im a novice i was just making sure.

;) 
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a c 176 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 8:28:39 PM

Which 450W do you have? If its a junk one you should consider replacing anyways.
March 24, 2010 8:39:08 PM

Its just a standard CCIVO on a budget machine.
March 24, 2010 8:39:56 PM

*EDIT*
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 8:48:47 PM

That is not very promising. What is the Amps on the +12volt rail?
March 24, 2010 8:53:04 PM

rolli59 said:
That is not very promising. What is the Amps on the +12volt rail?

23 i believe.
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 8:56:14 PM

That looks to be one of the cheapest PSU's on the market (with a case £25 http://lincolnshirepcsolutions.co.uk/shop1/index.php?ac... ). It points to quality issues. A bad power supply failing can take some or all other components of a system with it when it kicks the bucket which makes the PSU the most important part of the system.
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 8:59:14 PM

Sikboy said:
23 i believe.

That is enough for your setup the only thing in question now is the reliability of your PSU.
a c 107 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 9:13:07 PM

23Amps is enough. Well, even though that PSU probably can only sustain less than that, it still should be enough for that system. The Radeon 5670 is pretty frugal as far as power.
March 24, 2010 9:19:10 PM

I also have a 5 year old gaming PC that the OS went tits up on with a Antec 480 w 30 amp PSU, i suppose i could transfer that if need be.

From what i have researched the quad core uses around 170 w and the card about the same, but i see the point that rolli59 made about the PSU reliability.
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 9:33:31 PM

The Antec is a good option! They are a recommended brand.
March 24, 2010 9:41:11 PM

rolli59 said:
The Antec is a good option! They are a recommended brand.

Definitely, cant go wrong with them.
March 24, 2010 9:45:33 PM

Antec, Corsiar, Silverstone.

Possibly the 3 best.
a c 176 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 10:02:01 PM

I would argue Antec, Corsair, Seasonic. I'd take a Seasonic over a Silverstone.
March 24, 2010 10:03:50 PM

Ok, Yeh.

So Corsair,Antec,Silverstone,Seasonic are the top 4, Right?

I like Silverstone.
a c 176 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 10:08:03 PM

Yeah, I got that. Older Silverstones can be junk. The newer lines are much better. This is similar to Antec, ThermalTake. Time will tell how well Silverstones hold up.
March 24, 2010 10:13:19 PM

Uh, I would NOT classify thermlatake with Silversone, Silverstone is much better.

And Silverstone's are realtivly cheap, 200$ for 1KW unit.
a c 176 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 10:16:11 PM

No, you missed it. I said all three companies (Antec, SilverStone, ThermalTake) used to make less then good PSUs. All are making better PSUs now. How long they continue to make nothing but good PSUs remains to be seen.
March 24, 2010 10:26:10 PM

Theralatike doesn't make great PSUs, Even now.

And who cares about the past.....

Nvidia also used to make good products in the past, and blows now. :) 
a c 176 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 10:35:02 PM

jonnyguru currently has a Silverstone and ThermalTake unit up for review on their site right now. The Silverstone is the Strider + 750W, while the TT is the Toughpower XT 775. Both were rated 9, so I'd argue neither tops the other. At least for some of their lines. Nvidia still makes good products, they are just pricey. You seem to be someone who just wants to argue. I never said they make "great PSUs", you said that. I've said good, I've said better, didn't say great.
March 24, 2010 10:36:12 PM

4745454b said:
jonnyguru currently has a Silverstone and ThermalTake unit up for review on their site right now. The Silverstone is the Strider + 750W, while the TT is the Toughpower XT 775. Both were rated 9, so I'd argue neither tops the other. At least for some of their lines. Nvidia still makes good products, they are just pricey. You seem to be someone who just wants to argue. I never said they make "great PSUs", you said that. I've said good, I've said better, didn't say great.


Dude, the Nvidia product's right now are an Epic fail, with the exception the GTS 250.
a c 1410 U Graphics card
March 24, 2010 10:55:29 PM

builderbobftw said:
Dude, the Nvidia product's right now are an Epic fail, with the exception the GTS 250.

Thank God we got you on the forum now, every other thread you enlighten long time forum members and show them the error of their ways.
March 24, 2010 10:59:51 PM

So what Nvidia card is a good buy right now other than the GTS 250?
March 24, 2010 11:14:32 PM

Just want to thank everyone for their valuable input!
March 24, 2010 11:19:46 PM



Why would you ever buy that when the GTS 250 1gb is 90$.

And I alredy agreed that the GTS 250/9800GTX+ or whatever G92 rebrand you want to use is a good buy, can you show me a diffrent Nvidia card that doens't blow?

1 Card, that's all Nvidia has right now.
a c 176 U Graphics card
March 25, 2010 5:13:25 AM

Doesn't mean they make bad products. The GTX series isn't horrible if you want to do GPGPU work. CS4 runs CUDA, which makes filters run a lot faster. This means if you do a lot of CS4 work the GTX260 or 275/80 might be good. Just because they don't make the best price/performance gaming cards doesn't mean they only make junk.
March 25, 2010 6:18:51 PM

For gamin, current Nvidia products (exception GTS 250) is a fail.

Don't get my wrong, I love Nvidia, but they've realy dissapointed me, and honestly, I expect them to do better....
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