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September 17, 2010 12:50:31 AM

Couple people said that even my PSU is 250 watts since it has 16A on +12V they said it will work but it that true? I have a PSU that came with my Dell 170L tower. Or does how many Amps doesn't matter and what matters most is how many watts it has? I remember having a PSU that was 150 watts and it had only 4A on an old tower and people said no video card would work but when I used a ATI Radeon 7200 32mb it worked fine. One forums said the amps is what's most important but I basicly I need to know what is most important for a video card the amps or watts.


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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 12:58:51 AM

Both are important and your 250w is poo. For most cards today the minimum is a Corsair 400w for the low end cards going up to 1200+w PSU's for the top end multi GPU configs.
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 1:06:37 AM

No, that Power Supply is not sufficient, even if your graphics card did work your at great risk of damaging it and the rest of your system with such a basic power supply.

I wouldnt go any lower than this Silverstone 400w PSU for 48.99 or 38.99 after rebate, I have the next model up(500w) and it works excellent with a AMD Phenom X4 955 and 9800GT LPE(Overclocked to standard speeds)

but, for a better price/value buy I'd get this OCZ Fatal1ty modular 550w psu it costs 64.99 or 44.99 after rebate and it is modular, this will allow better cable management.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 1:58:28 AM

Link one = no and link 2 = definitely no, do not skimp on the PSU as it really is the most important component in your PC.
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 2:02:59 AM

Yeah, I mean if your REALLY cash strapped go for the silverstone, even though you lose the modularity and extra 50w's power its still excellent value.
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September 17, 2010 2:06:02 AM

So it's best that I save around $50 then buy a PSU or is there a PSU that is cheaper than $50 but still is good?
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a b U Graphics card
September 18, 2010 3:03:05 AM

Cheapest you will get(while still being of a reliable quality) is this silverstone 400w psu its 48.99 or 38.99 after rebate, its not what I'd recommend but if you have to this is the cheapest I would go, Keeping in mind it's only 400w so your future upgrade options are limited.
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