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250 watt power supply okay for ati 5550?

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October 29, 2010 6:07:52 PM

I am wondering if an XFX ati 5550 (1gb) DDR2 card will be safe to run on my HP p6120t?

PC specs:

core 2 duo e7500
4gb Ram
Vista 64
250 watt lite-on psu (14a on +12v rail).

I really want to run some older games that my integrated intel g31 will not run (battlefield 2). If this card will not work, will an ati 4350 work? Would a 4350 be much improvement over the current g31 I have for games such as Star Wars Battlefront 1 &2, Empire at War, LOTR Battle for Middle Earth, Battlefield 2)? Thanks in advance.

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a b ) Power supply
October 29, 2010 9:39:32 PM


Here are the system requirements for the 5550

ATI Radeon™ HD 5550 Graphics

Suggested ATI Radeon™ HD 5570 and 5550 512MB DDR3 System Requirements
PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
400 Watt or greater power supply recommended
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products

Minimum 1GB of system memory
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
DVD playback requires DVD drive
Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive

The recommended PSU is for the entire system so I think that ur current PSU isn't enough while the 4350 needs 300W PSU (see here) even the 4350 could not work.
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a c 165 ) Power supply
October 29, 2010 10:25:50 PM

what rolli stated, the 400w recommendation is for ATI to cover themselves from junk PSU
October 29, 2010 10:39:10 PM

Unfortunately, I may have a junk psu. It came with the HP computer and is a lite on 250 watt. Only 14a on the +12v rail.
a c 878 ) Power supply
October 29, 2010 10:44:36 PM

14x12=168watts that should be fine for the system. The system in the link I posted was running an overclocked I7 920 which certainly consumes more power than your CPU. You will be fine with that card.
October 29, 2010 11:19:10 PM

Thank you. I got the card for $45 (after rebate). Prices of cards seem to be going up. I really didn't want to have to send it back.
October 29, 2010 11:37:48 PM

You should be ok, HP skimps on a lot of things, but typically their PSU are ok (for the wattage)