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February 3, 2010 4:18:35 PM

I want to get the Gainward 9800GT 512MB "Green Edition" graphics card (URL: http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=213) but the spec sheet says I need a PSU of 400W but I only have a 300W PSU in my HP a6305.uk PC. Does it have to be a 400W PSU or can I get away with 300W. Thank you.

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a c 125 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 4:34:15 PM

No you need a 400W PSU. Get a good quality one, from corsair, PC power and cooling, OCZ, Antec, thermaltake, tagan.......
a c 172 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 4:54:39 PM

I would avoid the green or E editions since they are known to have problems with some boards. Get one that has a 6pin power connector and 400w is more than enough to run even a older 65nm 9800gt.
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a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 7:41:04 PM

Yes, I agree, avoid the Green Model Video Cards!! They are very buggy and will crash your computer more than normal. I've tried a lot of them.
a c 106 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 8:05:13 PM

It may run with a 300W PSU, but that is of course assuming that PSU can sustain 200+ W while gaming for more than an hour without crying for it's mommy. Unless it's a high quality unit, I doubt it will survive very long without blowing out, that's if it doesn't blow the first time you try and play a game anyway.

For you weak PSU, the best you can do is a GT220 and maybe a GT240. The 4670 and the 5670 use more power than the GT240 so I wouldn't consider them with that weak PSU.
a c 172 U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 8:19:51 PM

If it looks as it does in the pic you should be able to replace the PSU unlike some Dell computers (Dell hell).
February 3, 2010 8:49:29 PM

There is only like 10 watt difference on load between a gt240 and 5670 or 9800gt green. Max power draw from pci-e is 75 watt anyway, seems like it won't make much difference.

I have a 300 watt as well, lite-on power supply in acer prebuilt. It says up to 20A on 12V rails, hopefully it will power a 5670 okay. I think it will be okay since my core 2 quad Q8300 doesn't draw too much power.
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