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April 1, 2010 6:34:05 PM

Will a Nvidia GeForce 8500 graphics card run on 250 watts? We are trying to play second life and will need a recommended card of 8500, but we only have a 250 watt computer bought in 9/2009. It is a slim tower so we will need a low profile card. Is this doable and if so, where would we find a card?

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April 1, 2010 6:49:12 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Sites I have seen are saying a 300 to 350 watt power supply.
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April 1, 2010 7:50:49 PM

Get an HD5570. It's very small, runs on very low power, and offers good performance (much better than an 8500GT).
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April 1, 2010 8:23:28 PM

Depends on the quality of the PSU. As shadow said though, you are better off with an HD 5570
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April 1, 2010 8:51:53 PM

Barring any major overclocking of the CPU in the system and a ton of other 12V-dependent devices, the best performing low-power and low-profile video card is the ATI 5570, followed by the 4650.

There are 9800GT and 9600GT low-profile cards available, and they would outperform these cards, but they also require the use of a PCIe 6-pin power cable, which most sub-300W power supplies lack.

My personal recommendation would be the HD 5570 or 4650, depending on your budget. If you're in the US, Newegg.com and many other online PC component e-tailers sell them.

These are Newegg's 5570's. Mind you, only 6 of the 9 are low-profile. (The XFX, Gigabyte, and bottom PowerColor are not)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] rder=PRICE

And here is a low-profile 4650.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102829
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April 1, 2010 10:32:26 PM

There's a low-profile 9800GT ECO, but since they've massively reduced the core/mem clocks to achieve low-power, it's equal to an 9600GT.
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April 12, 2010 3:51:58 PM

Would the HD5570 work to play second life?
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April 12, 2010 7:35:15 PM

carolwayne903 said:
Would the HD5570 work to play second life?


yes, its not very graphic demanding
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April 12, 2010 7:45:57 PM

Yup- a 5570 would be your best bet. Should handle second life just fine, and will not overly stress your PSU.
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April 22, 2010 6:53:08 PM

Best answer selected by carolwayne903.
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April 27, 2010 7:30:22 AM

flyinfinni said:
Yup- a 5570 would be your best bet. Should handle second life just fine, and will not overly stress your PSU.


Can play NFS Shift or PES 2010 if using Ati 5570?
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