Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Ati hd 3870 Underpower 450Watt?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
June 18, 2010 6:46:28 PM

Hey guys i'm fixing a relative's pc, (gateway desktop) the video card went on it, I have a spare card laying around ati hd 3870, the system req. is a 450watt psu, but the one in the pc is only 300watt, they dont play 3d games on it, mostly movies and other desktop application, do you think i can still use it without any chance of damaging other hardware in the future? thanks.

thanks.


http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1013951/1013951sp2.sh...

(specs say 350 watt, but i opened it up and it said 300 watt)
June 18, 2010 6:58:03 PM

it will be fine until they try to play a game....
m
0
l
June 18, 2010 10:17:43 PM

If the psu is quality and doesn't have a 100w+ cpu installed then you should be fine. I personally own a 3870 and they barely use 80w under load. Just be sure to keep it clean either wise it will overheat over time.
m
0
l
Related resources
June 18, 2010 10:27:27 PM

it looks like some no name brand that gateway tossed inside, the cpu is a AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ dual-core processor . I should still be good, do u think its worth taking a chance. they've told me they dont want to spend anymore money on this thing, unless they absolutely have to. lol.
m
0
l
June 19, 2010 2:02:29 AM

If the psu is made by Delta electronics since those are as good as OEM units get with out being complete crap.
m
0
l
!