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Power supply and GT 240

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July 8, 2010 8:03:43 PM

Hey guys,
I am getting a XFX GT240 512 MB DDR5 card. My PC's power supply says that its max output is 250W. Do I need to upgrade to something new or what can I do?

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July 8, 2010 8:38:10 PM

Yeah, I think you might need more power.

You can:
1. Buy a replacement power supply (But you would need to make sure you get the right size. The most common is ATX but with only 250watts I'm guessing you might have a small computer that might not be ATX. It could be micro ATX or another small case standard of some kind)
2. I think you would be a good candidate for a supplimental power supply. This is a power supply that fits into a 5.25" drive bay (The spot where you could add a DVD or BluRay drive). These are made by HIS, ThermalTake and I think Ultra makes one too. Basically it's a second power supply it can be used to power hard drives, fans or video cards (depending on the model). I used to have one. I worked great.
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July 8, 2010 8:40:59 PM

What is your specific PSU? The most important part for a GPU running off the mobo is the 12V rail power. Many high wattage PSUs have a lot of their power spread out... however, a 250W is pretty low and might not be good quality. You'll want at least a 20A 12V rail.
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July 8, 2010 8:48:58 PM

its a bestec ATX-250-12Z Rev D3R. I don't exactly know what to look for on it sorry
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July 8, 2010 9:06:09 PM

Ok looks like it only has a 14A 12V rail. Also, the 12v and 5v rails "do not exceed 218W". A typicall CPU is 100 - 130W depending on model and that sort of thing. The GT 240 I think is around 70-80W. It would be cutting it very close... and I doubt that it's a quality PSU. I recommend you find a decent but low priced 350W PSU.
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July 8, 2010 9:07:32 PM

Could I try it on it or no? Its the PSU that came with my PC. I mean I don't really wanna buy a new PSU but if I have to I will. Do you think it'd be a bad idea to try?
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July 8, 2010 9:15:39 PM

Hmmm... I'll say that it is a risk. I've heard that exceeding the PSU limits can (if you're lucky) only melt the PSU but on the worst side of it, it will melt something in the PSU and cause a surge to the mobo which can easily take out the mobo, RAM, even CPU and vid cards...

this PSU is only $25, and has 15A and an extra 100 watts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 8, 2010 9:55:16 PM

Is there a way to test if my PSU will work?
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