Graphics card power requirement - does it matter?

Hi guys
I am looking to buy a new graphic card- I mostly use it to watch HD videos.. When I look at the catalogues, most of the new ones list 400W power as one of the system requirement. I look at my PC's spec, and the power supply spec 250 W.

Does this mean I can't use the 400W graphic cards?
Are there still good graphic cards for my power supply spec?


Thanks in advance!
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  1. Yes and no.
    The GPUs that require a 400W PSU doesn't really need one per se, a quality 300W can run most of them with ease. But your 250W is probably a cheap/old unit, that can barely deliver 150W for the most part.

    However. HD video isn't a tough task to do. A card like the 5450 can run of your PSU fine.
  2. The best card I recommend would be the HD 5570 based on your power supply.
  3. ATI's website says that HD 5570 needs 400 W power. The same for 5450. Do I miss something?
  4. That's a general recommendation for those who don't really know anything about computer power consumption. You probably have a Dell or HP or other brand of PC and generally as long as you do not have a tri-core or quad core CPU, then the CPU power consumption should not be very large.

    The HD 5570 uses about 19w of power under typical gaming conditional which most PCs with a 250w PSU can handle.

    A more definitive answer can be provided if you list your computer's specs and as the various voltages and amps listed on the PSU's sticker.
  5. jaguarskx said:

    A more definitive answer can be provided if you list your computer's specs and as the various voltages and amps listed on the PSU's sticker.

    What do you mean by this? anyway, if as you say it only needs 19W power I can safely buy it right? How do I know the actual power usage of graphics cards (as opposed to those listed in the website?)
  6. list your full system specs or if you can't do that then buy a 5570 and go to the corner and cry
  7. Max power for a 5570 is 39 watts, a 5450 is 19 watts, if you want to be safe, get a 5450. The extra 20 watts may mean the difference between random crashes and running OK.
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