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Are there any graphics cards that support dual monitors and require <= 220 Watts PSU?
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  1. yes there is but they're pointless for modern games :\
  2. Thank you. This is for a friend who does bookkeeping and taxes. That's no fun. No games.

    When I received email notice and clicked on the link on my iPhone, it took me to a page with a list of relevant links. Now using Google Chrome, I don't see links. That's odd.
  3. The 5450 from amd supports dual monitors, it will work fine with that psu.
  4. Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! That saves me lots of time.

    The tower is a slimline. There must be room for the width of the card.
  5. About those links I mentioned, I see them in a summary panel on the left before I log in to my account. At least I know where they went.
  6. The 5450 is a low profile card, it will fit.
  7. The AMD 5450 cards I'm seeing say they are PCI Express 2.1. The motherboard has PCI Express 2.0. I fear incompatibility. I'll keep looking.
  8. There's no incompatibility, it works on 2.0 pcie slot, there's no 2.1 pcie slots.
  9. Thanks again!!! I really appreciate the guidance.
  10. Why do the specs on the following page say the 5450 requires a 400 Watt PSU?
    Are these numbers not important? Or I need to seek a non-HD model?

    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5450-overview/pages/hd-5450-overview.aspx#3
  11. mmm then it might mean you need to upgrade :\

    but i doubt you need to since its such a low profile card ..
  12. That's just a suggestion, but any psu will do for that card, i mean it only draws ~13W : http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5450_1_GB/images/power_maximum.gif
  13. Wow. So many measurements to consider. That card is one of the lowest consumers of power. Thanks for the link to the chart.

    HIS must be the manufacturer. Maybe power varies by manufacturer; maybe not.

    I think I found the solution at a great price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161367&Tpk=HIS%20H545HO512%20Radeon%20HD%205450
  14. It will not vary much, the limit of the power will be the same for any brand.
    That's a good one.
    This one is cheaper, same specs : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150600
  15. How did you get to the power consumption chart you posted? I mean, I can get there, but when I try to get to other areas I'm forbidden.

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5450_1_GB/images/power_maximum.gif

    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5450_1_GB -- forbidden
  16. Are any particular graphics card manufacturers more or less reliable than others?

    I am asking because this one from HIS sounded good until I started reading reviews:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161367&Tpk=HIS%20H545HO512%20Radeon%20HD%205450

    Thank you.
  17. The xfx card is good and it's cheaper : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150600

    xfx offers a lifetime warranty.
    And there's nothing wrong with the HIS card either, there's always negative reviews there in any product.
  18. DOn't get a 5450, get a real card. I run a highly overclocked Radeon 7750 on a 220 no problem (And it can max most of my games @1080p)
  19. Thank you! You're a godsend. I'm ready to buy.
  20. bl00dyMurd3r said:
    DOn't get a 5450, get a real card. I run a highly overclocked Radeon 7750 on a 220 no problem (And it can max most of my games @1080p)



    I just saw your reply. I really appreciate it. It really helps to get feedback from others with the same wattage PSU.

    How do you get to the point that you know you can ignore the manufacturer specifications?

    Thanks.
  21. Best answer
    The 7750 doesn't maxout most games @1080p, in fact it's not a good card for 1080p.
    I don't recommend going with a 7750, which the tdp is 55W.
    It leaves still a margin, but with your cpu and other stuff, it might not function properly, like shutdowns in gaming.
    If it's just for display two monitors and casual gaming, a 5450 is enough.
    For gaming the 7750 is better, but for a 300w psu.
  22. djangoringo said:
    The 7750 doesn't maxout most games @1080p, in fact it's not a good card for 1080p.
    I don't recommend going with a 7750, which the tdp is 55W.
    It leaves still a margin, but with your cpu and other stuff, it might not function properly, like shutdowns in gaming.
    If it's just for display two monitors and casual gaming, a 5450 is enough.
    For gaming the 7750 is better, but for a 300w psu.


    First of all, I said most of MY games, most of which are fairly modern. Even without an overclock, it can handle 1080p no problem at all if your conscious about graphical settings. Why are you judging a card you don't have? You have no idea how capable it is, especially when it is overclocked.

    Furthermore, the TDP is far from an issue, the PCIe x16 slot has to provide up to 75w of power to the card, no matter what, so all of the potential system components are obviously going to be taken into consideration when the manufacturer pops in a PSU. At stock GPU clocks his entire system under 100% non-real world load would only draw around 100w, and even with the power supply's low efficiency it's more than capable of the task.

    If he brought the 7750 to it's breaking point of OCing, and hiked up the TDP he would still have PSU headroom under full load.
  23. djangoringo said:


    I wouldn't expect the card to run Crysis 2 or Battlefield 3, and especially not FC3, but I'm content with my some of MY more favorite games at 1080p maxed such as Just Cause 2, Darksiders II, Dirt 2, Dirt 3, SHIFT, Far Cry 2, Dead Island, Homefront, Borderlands 2, NFS Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted, SGW etc
  24. But for future and most current games, like BF3, far cry 3, hitman absolution, crysis 2, assassins creed 3, that isn't good enough for 1080p with high settings, it's a good card nevertheless, but not for high settings at 1080p.
    It's more like a card for lower resolutions with high settings or 1080p with low/mid settings.
  25. djangoringo said:
    The xfx card is good and it's cheaper : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150600

    xfx offers a lifetime warranty.
    And there's nothing wrong with the HIS card either, there's always negative reviews there in any product.



    I checked out the XFX warranty policy at http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Help/Support/WarrantyInformation.aspx

    Ended up ordering http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7373215

    THANK YOU!!!

    As I think back over the years since we got our first PC in 1997, I have upgraded components, including video cards, many times. I never paid attention to the stated power requirements and never had a problem. I just got paranoid because my friend's main IT guy told her the system can't be upgraded because of the power limitation. That kept me second-guessing a lot; and I learned a bunch in the process.

    I am grateful for all the guidance.
  26. The XFXforce AMD 5450 graphics card works beautifully in my friend's PC. The hardest part was getting it to fit in the case slots on the slimline tower. The plate over the three ports was too long for the case width. But it came with two extra plates that I could swap with the long one and move the VGA port to the case slot below (VGA is on a short ribbon cable).

    With both monitors connected, upon boot, both showed the same display until the drivers were installed. After that, it made the DVI monitor primary - I didn't have to specify.

    Bottom line is, it was a really fun and successful Saturday night. Yep, I really know how to have a good time.
  27. Best answer selected by wscott44.
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