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Installing old 8800GT into 250W system - (edit) - recommended PSU???

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 30, 2010 6:45:05 AM

Hey all

Simple question. what are the side effects to installing such a big card with such a little PS. I know its not recommended, friend is desperate for some better graphics without spending much to improve his crappy HP.

Will it work? And if so, what will be the damage down the road to warn him about?

Thanks for help...

see below for updated question..

PSU recommendation under 50 bucks.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2010 6:47:29 AM

I'm sure it will fry that PSU.Tell your friend to get a HD 5670 instead.
December 30, 2010 2:51:23 PM

Yep. most likely, the psu will break under that load. Either get a card with lower power consumption, or buy a decent psu.
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January 8, 2011 9:48:13 AM

thanks for the help guys. I abandoned that idea quickly lol. Looking to upgrade his PSU now... for as cheap as possible... makes me nervous.

Can anyone recommend a decent cheap PSU... that can handle the 8800GT and a modest system, he doesnt have much in it... just a simple HP comp. He isn't ready to buy a new comp/build but wants this card, and needs a new HD.

So good PSU that won't die in a couple months? Under 50 bucks, thats as high as he is likely to go. He knows the risks of cheaper PSU.

a c 271 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 3:57:11 PM

does the 8800GT require 1 or 2 6-pin plugs.?

Just the one 6 pin.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 4:04:32 PM

I knew that you would know...
u still SLI the 8800GT's..?

Yeah, I'm waiting to see if the GTX560's are worth getting as replacements.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 4:16:10 PM

I think that they will be..

The hype surrounding them is pretty enticing but I'm quite happy to wait for the dust to settle and the price to drop a bit from what it will be at launch.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 4:59:28 PM

sounds logical..

That's what being an old fart does for you. :( 
a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2011 12:03:14 AM

It's a good power supply.