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Video Card and Power Supply question

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November 7, 2011 3:39:03 PM

Hi all,

My computer's video card recently died and I was wondering 2 things.

1. What card is currently comparible to what I had (8800 GT)?

2. Will my power supply be big enough to handle this new card? And if not, how big would I need to go?

It's a dell computer with the following hardware specs:

Dell XPS 420
8800 GT card (now dead)
Q6600 Quad core processor
4 GB RAM
500 GB Hard drive
DVD Combo Drives
375 W Power Supply
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November 7, 2011 3:49:57 PM

Hi Lankmaster,

This is a great chart for getting a good idea of how different cards perform.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

Are you looking for a straight replacement, or is it time to upgrade?

375W isn't a lot, but the wattage rating isn't the only relevant part. Who is the manufacturer, and what is the efficiency rating? Also, do you know how many amps the 12V rail is rated for?
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November 7, 2011 4:14:09 PM

If you want to objectively, accurately and scientifically determine what PSU power is required for your Vid card and PC in both watts and 12v rail amps., the forum Utility link below will show you how easy it is to calculate this information and objectively determine which PSUs are quality built, reliable PSUs that can meet your needs. Be advised that the available 12v rail amps. is just as important as the total PSU wattage. You need both to be correct.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/314712-28-please-read...
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