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Video card power supply requirement (GTX 260, GeForce 9800)

Q: Video card power supply requirement (GTX 260, GeForce 9800)

I just came in to the desktop group about 6 months ago, and a few things we do are a little odd (to me). For instance, we order GeForce 9800 cards for AutoCAD users.

But any way, we always ordered these 9800s with a computer that had a power supply that put out lesser wattage than required. So my question is, for the 9800/GTX 260 (nvidia), will it give a message that the wattage is too low or that it is going to start performing less, or can it cause issues without ever giving such messages?

Can it potentially cause issues with other pieces of hardware?

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A: Video card power supply requirement (GTX 260, GeForce 9800)

You won't get a warning message.

Most often what happens is a freeze/crash or a restart.

If you haven't experienced any crashes, then the video card is not being stressed very hard. Normally these crashes occur as soon as you put load on to the card, but if this isn't happening, then a 9800 card is total overkill for your application.

You could probably get by with a 9400 or 9500 for these purposes. Technically, a Quadro from nVidia is really their workstation card, but they are all based off the same chips.

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Speedfan reports video card temp 61dC, is that too high?
the 4 cores are 23 to 32dC.
Home build, Asus P5K Premium WiFiiFi Intel,
Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 95W 2.4GHz, OCZ Vendetta Cpu Cooler, 2x2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 800 (400mhz) PC2-6400, EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX KO 512MB GDDR3 (PCI-E), Excelsior sata 250gb, OCZ 600W Game XStream Psu, X45, XPhome/win8

A:geforce 9800 video card temps.

The max temp for the Geforce 9800GT is 105 degrees, although keeping it lower is safer and better: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-9800gt/specifications

So 61 is perfectly fine.

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i know that i am not the first person with this problem. But i cant find solution.

I have HP Pavilion m9561cs (HP Pavilion Elite m9561cs Desktop PC Product Specifications HP Pavilion Elite m9561cs Desktop PC | HP? Support)

My hard drive was broken, so i installed new one and after that i have installed Win 7 ultimate 32 bit. Now i cant see in device manager my graphic card, only onboard standard VGA.

I tried to install drivers form nvidia, but its impossible because driver cant find the hardware and installation is cancelled. I aslo tried to install drivers from HP and it send this error message:
Your system does not meet the minimum requirements for this update.
Update has been cancelled. (9996) Error 9996: The installer has a list of supported hardware that this update is suitable for - and your hardware (including your HP model) is not on the list.

Bios settings: PCI
I tried to turn off PC, unplug power cord, reseat card, but without change.
Can you hel pme something else?

A:Cant see NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT video card in device manager.

Can you disable onboard standard VGA in BIOS?

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Is 450W power supply sufficient for the following ?
Intel Dragontail Peak DP35DPM motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 Mhz
Samsung 2GB DDR2
WD 320GB/7200/16MB SATA II
Nvidia 8400GS 256MB
Vista Home Premium 32
( Samsung 226BW Monitor )
Does the addition of extra fans affect this at all , or is this negligible ?

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Hi,this is for a friend who is interested in buying an AMD A6-3650. The power for the processor is listed as 100w.I want to know what will be the minimum power requirement without any GPU attached.It will be of great help since we wanna cut cost to the most affordable one.

A:AMD A6-3650 power supply requirement

In a standard setup with no-GPU one or two HDDs, one or two ODDs a 300w should be sufficient however I would be hesitant to build any system with less than a 400w and preferably a 500w just because there isn't that much of a price difference and it gives you room for future upgradeability.

For budget PSUs I usually recommend these:
Antec VP-450 = $40 (This is a true budget / low end unit, It is decent for the money but I would recommend the others I listed over it. unless you have a really tight budget)
Antec NEO ECO 400C = $45
Antec NEO ECO 520C = $50
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D = $55
FSP Group SAGA+ 500R = $57 (this is good but it is an older model so it doesn't have very many SATA power connectors)
Antec BP550 Plus =$65 (modular if that is important to you)

Almost all of the newer Antecs are made by Delta or Seasonic so they are very good PSUs. Some people recommend the Corsair Builder series in this price range, however the builder series is made by Channel Well Technologies (CWT) which has a less than stellar record and I still don't really trust.

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I have following configuration
Intel DG 965 RY Board
Intel Dual Core 3.2 GHZ processor
Nvidea Quadro FX 580 Graphic card
3 SATA HDD (500 + 500 + 300)
1 SATA DVD Drive
RAM 4 GB (4 chip 1 GB each)
Power supply iBall LPE223-400
I am experiencing frequent automatic restart of the system and sometimes my hard drives got vanished from My Computer.

Can somebody tell me that my SMPS (power Supply) is enough for this configuration?
if not then What is minimum required?

A:SMPS (power supply) requirement for my computer

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I am upgrading my pc using my old ATX case with a new motherboard which is ECS KM400-M2. The cpu is AMD XP 2800+. The pc would work for a few minutes or seconds and then just shutdown by itself.

The day before yesterday, I posted this question in this forum and an expert had provided with some suggestions on this problem: It seems that something wrong with the power supply and the cpu temperature. I definitely appreciated that.

Before I throw more money onto this computer (I really don't like to do so), could somebody help me on this issues:

1. Do I need a more powerful power switch? Right now, I have a 350kw power supply and someone suggest me to buy a 400kw one.

2. I actually bought and installed a new case fan. I connect the pins to the motherboard. However, when the pc is starting, from the BIOS, I couldn't see its speed and the temperature. Is that a problem? What's wrong and Why?

Please help!

Thanks very much in advanced!

A:Power supply requirement for ECS KM400-M2 motherboard: 350kw or 400 kw?

Kilowatt? Thats a PSU with balls! 400-500 watt should be fine. Has anyone told NASA? All this time they've tried to spend millions on glorified supplys fort they're system,s and all they had to do was throw a few hundred bucks towards the lovely people at whoever makes those PSU's

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My video card first started acting up. It would switch to my onboard video, then back to my video card, then back the forth until the video card stopped working. I tested my video card in a different PC and it works fine. Now my onboard video has stopped working. I have a cheap power supply in my computer. Do you think it's the PSU?

I need some advice.


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Im working on a computer that turns on powers up, hard drive spins, etc. but no video is displayed. Ive replaced the motherboard, video card, RAM, power supply, and tried a new hard drive, is it possible that this could be a CPU problem? The computer is

Foxconn socket 939 mb
AMD Athlon 64 FX 3400+
Geforce 7600 GS 256MB Video Card
150GB SATA Hard Drive
420W Power Supply

I appreciate the help

A:I`ve replaced the motherboard, video card, RAM, power supply, but still no video.

Do you have another monitor that you can hook up just to check? Are you receiving any post "beeps" when you boot it up?

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I am looking at this video card. MSI N560GTX-448 Twin Frozr III PE OC GeForce GTX 560Ti 1.2GB. What kind of power is necessary for this card?

A:How do I know what power supply I need for video card

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Hi all. I just bought a graphics card that needs 350 watts and +12v with 20 amps to run. My power supply has to following output:

+5V 22A MAx -12V 1A max
+5V (FP) 2A Max +3.3V 17A max
+12VA 18A max +12VB 18A max

combined power on +12VA and +12VB rails must not exceed 360 watts

Total combined power must not exceed 375 watts

Can it run the card?
Thanks all.

A:Can my power supply run my new video card?

Hi, could you please post a little more detail.
Instead of saying graphics card, it would help if you said the actual graphics card.
Instead of power supply, you could say what power supply you have.

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How do I find out what the wattage is to see what video card I can get? The card I'm looking at says it needs 350 minimum. I have a Dell 8200 with mx420, want to get geforce 6600 pci, I have the system info from gabriel topala, it says my pci slots support 5.0 volts and 3.3 volts, and my 4x agp only has 3.3 volts?

A:Power Supply for New Video Card

The required wattage is nothing to do with the voltages. Its the spec for your power supply (psu) that needs to be checked. If u open your case up and look at the psu, it should have a sticker on it that states its maximum wattage. If its less than 350watts then u will need a new one.

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Hello all,
There is a similar thread to my question, but I thought I would start fresh since the topic is quite old..

My current computer setup (Stated below) is quite standard, and I plan on making a couple of changes to it soon.

My question(s) are..

I have ATI Radeon XPress 200 Onboard graphics, with an ASUS A8AE-LE/AmberineM-GL6E Motherboard, I have been debating on getting a graphics card, and have read around quite a bit about what to upgrade to.I have read a lot of issues about upgrading with an Nvidia card with ATI onboard graphics, so that pretty much limits me to getting another ATI card. I was looking at purchasing a SAPPHIRE 100146L Radeon X1600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported found http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814102657

I am wondering if I am going to need to upgrade my Power Supply. The information that I could find on it is very limited. (I am thinking because it was built for Compaq computers alone, very similar to the ASUS board that I have. No information about it from the manufacturer at all).


Manufacturer: Bestec - Model: ATX300-12Z-Rev.CD

Input: 100 - 127V - 12A
200 - 240V - 4A 60/50Hz

Output: 300w Max
+12V / 19A -12V / 0.8A
+5V / 30A +5VSB/ 2A

+5V & 3.3V 180W Max / +5V & 12V 288W Max

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A:Power Supply/Video Card?

The vid card you selected sounds like a decent choice.

Yes you will need a new powersupply (PSU). Your PSU has only 300w total and 19A on the 12v rail. Besides Bestec PSUs are garbage anyway.

Here are some suggestions.

http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S47ATX PC Power & Cooling makes the best PSUs out there but they are a little pricey.However a PCP&C PSU will likely outlast everything else in your system.

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Hi folks,

After reading through this forum for a couple of days, I settled down and ordered a PNY FX 5500 PCI card for my cheap Dell 2400 (celeron 2.4 ghz 512 mb RAM). I figured the 5500 can't be any worse than the integrated chipset.

Anyway, I understand the minimum power requirement for the 5500 is 250 watts, and I believe that is what my computer has.

My question is this. Does "minimum requirements" mean the same thing with PSU's as with games? With games, the minimum requirement is just to get you chugging along at a crawl. I hope this isn't going to happen with a video card.

Also, if I decided to upgrade to a much higher wattage PSU, would that effect my electricity bill very much? :angel:

Any replies are appreciated.

A:Power Supply for Video Card

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

No the power usage should be a negligible difference.
Unless you were to get a 1500 watt psu. (which I'm not sure exist)

The differences will be the video and stability of whole system.
Min. req. tends to mean," just enuff to get by on lowest settings."

There are lots of good PSU's around, high to mid range in price.
plus allow you to add additional cooling should want.

How many devices do you have?
hdd's etc.

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i am looking to get a new video card but i have no idea what kind of power supply i have and the if it can handle the graphics card. i am looking to get a GeForce 6200 because it seems to have a reasonable price and i dont think i would need any of the higher end ones because i dont play many graphic intensive games. does anyone know how to find out how much power the power supply can provide and if the GeForce 6200 is a good graphics card?

A:video card and power supply

Well it depends on the other components in your PC, as they all use it too. I would say anything over 400W should do the job fine though. Someone else may be able to back this up?

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hello, i was thinking on getting this video card.
i see how it requires a minimum wattage of 350, but ive heard from these forums that you usually need alot more.

so im wondering, will this be a good enough power supply for the card? ive had bad problems with power supplys and video cards so i just want to be completely sure everything will work fine.

thanks in advance

-Teh Delf

A:This Power supply enough for this video card?

It all depends on the quality of the PSU you go for, im no expert but it may not be enough amps on the rail. Im currently running a similar card (Gainward BLISS 7800GS which is 7800GT with an AGP bridge) on a 2 year old 360watt PSU and I have no problems.

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here a quick summary. My computer that had been running fine for 6 months suddenly crashed. when i hit the power button it would have power for a split second then turn back off. I replaced power supply and same thing happened.I built new computer with new case, motherboard and CPU but used same power supply that i had replaced the old one with. SMAE thing on new computer. I tested both power supplies and they were fried. I put in another power supply and the computer powered up but when i did this i did not have my video card in. MY question is... do you think it is more likely that on my old computer, the motherboard fried the power supply... or that the video card fried it. it is a PCI-E MSI rx1800 512mb ddr3 ram that uses the 6-pin power on the card. i havent tested the old motherboard. ive spent too much money already and either the old MOBO or the Video card will probably fry my new PSU.. im hoping its the mother board cause the video card cost me 300 bucks. is there a way to safely test the video card without blowing up a power supply? what do you think

A:Can a video card fry a power supply?

The video card will only blow a power supply if it tries to draw more power than the supply can handle, so simply test it with a psu with a high power rating (I usually burrow my m8s gaming machine to test components)
If it is fine then test all your computer components one by one and replace any faulty ones rather than simply buying new parts without knowing if they are faulty or not.
Good luck

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while playing a game my screen went whacko! it was all scrambled an unreadable. I restarted my pc then everything was fine...for about an hour. then it got all scrambled again so I rebooted. Now I can not get it to come on at all!..Monitor is just blank. I have an acer aspire m1100. windows vista. Can anybody tell me what is wrong?
Thanks in advance

A:video card?...or power supply?

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I'm looking at getting one of these:

BFG Geforce 6800 GT OC 256mb
BFG Geforce 6800 GT OC 128mb
ATI Radeon X800 PRO 256mb
These can be found on Best Buy's website, thats where it probably will be coming from.

My power supply says max 270w, so do I need a new one with more juice? Or will this one do for one of these Video Cards?

Power Supply:
Model Number - MJPC-270A1

Sony Vaio RX881
P4 2.66ghz
512mb 2100 DDR
120gb 7200rpm HD

No upgrades, stock as it came. No overclocking or anything.

Thanks :suspiciou

A:Do I Need A New Power Supply For A New Video Card??

Im no pro but...

I believe that a powerfull processor like your needs about 100watts of power to run. Every 128megs of ram = something like 15watts, and your cd drives are about 30 each. A powerfull video card can run in the range of 100 watts as well. So, you do the math. It's time for your new power supply as well. You should at least have a 300watt but, with your processor i would even go to a 400 watt. Spend the extra 15 bucks, might save you a big headache in the end.

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I was about to purchase these two items, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130074 , can someone please tell me if they are both compatible or not, I am currently using a Gateway GT5220 if you need to know what I am using to find out any compatibility issues. If someone can look into that for me (im the biggest tech noob ever) then it would be greatly appreciated.

A:Need help with this video card and power supply

Mini Tower

Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 2 GHz

Installed Memory 1 GB 533(DDR2 SDRAM)

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition

that's your system

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I just bought a GeForce GTX 460 video card for my computer which requires a minnimum of 450w. As it stands, my power supply is way too small and thus I am looking to upgrade. My question is, if my card requires a minnimum of 450w then would I be fine with a 500w supply or should I go for more, like 750w or 900w?


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I purchased some upgrades for this computer below:
HP Pavilion a6113w Tower
- Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 @ 1.6 GHz
- 400 GB HDD
- 2 GB RAM
- DVD+\-RW
- Integrated Graphics
- Windows Vista Home Premium 32 Bit which were a ATI Radeon HD 4850 Video Card and a Roswell 750w Power Supply. Worked great for the first 8 hours crashed for about 3 hours worked again for another 6 hours then crashed again and i cant get it to come back on. power supply is working for all i know and the video card hums on for a second when i try to reboot so i figure it is woking. i have even gone as far as to take out the video card just in case and still unresponsive. . Can anyone help?

PS I tried putting the other power supply back in and it worked fine but i can't use the Video Card w/ that power supply..

A:New Power Supply & Video Card

I'd restore the machine to the original configuration and see if you can get that working first.

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I bought a LG 19" monitor and wanted to increase the resolution to the 1440 x 900. But my computer won't go that high.(1152 x 884 24 bit) so I thought I would get a new video card but when installed the computer goes into sleep mode. I am running a ATX 100W power supply. I am thinking that that is the problem. Am supplying a link to the specs of my motherboard.
the new video card is ATI RAGE 128PRO 32MB PCI. I don't game, just wanted a better card for video, resolution, etc. The card says that it should have a 350W psu. But since I have a 'micro?' psu (size 2 1/2 x 5 x 4) which is hard to find. I think I found a 300W, but not sure if its the right one. http://www.911forpcs.com/hpposuse.html
My question to you is.... will a different power supply allow my computer to run that video card? and what max psu will my motherboard handle? Any suggestions to links on power supplies will be very grateful.

A:Video card/power supply

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I have a XFX Nvidia Geforce 9600 GSO with 768 MB of Gddr2, with PCI Express 2.0
580 MHZ SLI Ready. It was part of a bare bones system from tiger direct. I had to replace the PSU once and I believe its maybe 430 Watts of Power. I doubt I spent more than 30.00 on the PSU.

When I take my video card out my pc it boots up fine and it runs off the onboard 8200 nvidia. But as soon as I plug in the XFX Nvidia Geforce 9600 GSO and then connect the power from the card to the PSU it shuts off. The whole system just shuts off?? and it wont start again untill I remove the power cord only from the card. Also,, can I use DDR2 instead of GDDR2,,, whats the diff.

Thanks in advance peeps. any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Is it my video card or power supply?

I could be wrong but it sounds as if the 9600 has shorted out and tripping the PSU internal safeties, which is keeping the system from booting. Personally, I doubt it is the PSU as it functions just fine without the card.

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My PNY Geforce 5500 card just died, so I've been forced to buy a new card. I'm running on a Dell Dimension 2400, with 3 PCI slots only and a 200 watt PS.

I play a lot of second life, so I need to make sure I'm purchasing a card that will allow me to continue doing so. Heres what I plan on purchasing:

Video Card:


Which will need an upgraded Power Supply:


Am I buying the right stuff? Will that card even work with my Dimension 2400 and Second Life?

A:New Video Card and Power Supply

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I wanted to double check with you guys.

I ordered a Dell Inspiron 531 along with a GeForce video card. Well, today I recived the video card in the mail and I read the minimun system requirements for installing the video card are 350watts. The Inspiron 531 only has a 300watt supply...Does this mean I'm going to have problems? When I made the purchase via telephone the sales rep said it should be fine...

Thanks in advance,

A:Solved: Video Card and Power Supply

Chances are it will run most of the time. The PSU rating is only for peak loading. SO, if yo uintend playing game,s theres a good chance it will cop out as soon as you start actually doing something.
So short answer, if you want to do anything that is not video intensive, yo uhave a reasonable chance of it probably working, if you want to do anything else, its probably best to get a new PSU.
As for the sales rep, if you bought both items at the same time, from the same place, it would seem you probably have grounds to get a refund on one or both items- if you ask a question and get a false reply, thats not legal.

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I was recently passed down my first desktop: a crappy old HP Pavilion 6200n. I am big into PC gaming but am fed up with having to use a shared, slow computer or my terrible laptop.
I am planning on beefing up this system instead of starting all over with a new one. I am upgrading to a NZXT Tempest Evo case, and the first things I will do is new RAM, a video card, and a power supply.
I want to upgrade the power supply first. Right now I am using a stock power supply, only 250W. A cheap quality powersupply, around 400-600W (enough to support a midrange video card) is what I am looking for, preferably no more than $100USD. Suggestions?
I am also looking for a good gaming video card...I dont need any fance SLI or crossfire or whatever it is...but something with at least one HDMI output and capable of supporting 2-3 monitors.
If you need any extra specs just tell me specifically what you need and Ill post them.

A:Power supply and video card recommendations

Before you do anything, what CPU does it use?

Will be pointless even considering a new midrange GPU if your CPU is just going to bottleneck.

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I want to upgrade my video card from Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Memory 4294967059 MB
to something with more dedicated video RAM. I pretty much only use this computer to play online games and want a little more from my system. As far as I can tell I currently have 64mb which leaves me below or at the bare bones settings for almost anything. I would like to get that up to 258 and I am 100% in the dark about how to do that and hopefully not have to get a new power and cooling supply for my computer.

A:Want to upgrade video card, do I need a power supply?

look in the BIOS of your pc, there should be a option to configure to have more video shared RAM.

If you post your complete pc specs, I can help you more...

Note that increasing video RAM will not boost graphics performance, since this is a integrated GPU.

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Umm. I currently have 260W power supply and i use nvidia 8400gs video card (recommended minimum 300W power supply)

But i havent seen any problems

So i decided to buy

Nvidia 240GT (recommended min also 300W)

But since i havent had any problems so far with 8400gs though min req is 300W but i have 260W


I shouldnt have problems with 240GT also right?

A:Power Supply and VIdeo card Wats

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I'm looking to buy a new PSU so I can upgrade my video card. I'm on ATI's site checking out their approved PSUs, I'm gonna get one from Thermaltake I think.

Which from this site would you recommend: http://ati.amd.com/products/certified/powersupplies.html#pstop

A:Buying a new power supply and video card

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Hi, I just bought a new 9800 pro and I can't seem to find where to connect to the power supply. I'm using an HP Pavillion a530n with an AMD 64 3200+ and 1 gig ram. Am I supposed to open the case of the power supply? I havent' tried that yet because I'm afraid of messing it up. Thanks.

A:Can't hook up video card to power supply

No! You would never open up the power supply to connect anything - that would void its warrenty. Doesn't just plugging the video card into MB hook it up??? Got instructions?

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I'm thinking about getting a 9800 GTX and a quad core processor, so what power supply should I get(wattage). Also, does the processor really affect what type of PSU I should get or is it just the video card?

A:Power Supply Video Card Question

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Hi there,

I am new to this forum =]

I currently have a Dell Dimension 5150 with ATI Radeon x300 256MB video card. I want to run Fallout 3 and newer games, so I'd like to upgrade my video card.

I looked up the dell 5150 manual and found out that my motherboard has a PCI Express x1 slot as well as a PCI Express x16 slot.

I went to the nvidia help-me-choose webpage (http://www.nvidia.com/HelpMeChoose/fx/HelpMeChoose.asp), and only constraining my motherboard bus type - PCI Express I settled on a GeForce 8800 GTS 512 mb. I did some more research on upgrading video cards and found out that I might need to upgrade my power supply from the currrent Dell installed 305 Watt one.

I found another website that specified the power usage of the 8800 GTS with the following computer:

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
nForce 680i SLI EVGA
Windows Vista

was 368 Watts. Thats 368 Watts for the 8800 GTS and the rest of the computer.

Obviously 368 watts is more than my Dell PSU capability of 305 watts.

So my questions are:

1) Will this power supply be enough (500 watts):
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply

2) Will I have any system compatibility problems with a new power supply and a new GeForce 8800 GTS 512 mb ?

3) What is the difference between a NVidia, EVGA, BFG OC GeForce 8800 GTS 512 mb video card? Here is a link to tigerdirect's website where they sell all three: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...=geforce+8800+gts&... Read more

A:Solved: Need help - New Video Card + New Power Supply

The OCZ 500 W might scarcely be enough(full load of PSU=>failing PSU sooner than pleasant), I'd still recommend getting a 600 W version, because half of the watts of the 500 W version go dedicatedly to your processor, whereas only one fourth of the 600 W version's watts go to your processor, leaving more for the vid card and other components.
The difference between those three are: #1: warranty. Cheapest has only 1 yr warranty, others have lifetime warranty. #2: "brand"=distributor, #3: most expensive is an OC version=overclocked, a bit faster than the others.

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My brother needs a video card but me being the smart one here, he needs my help. I got his info from dxdiag and I need a recommendation for two things , a video card and power supply. His current power supply runs at a max of 250w and it seems low, mine being 500w so its the right thing to upgrade in order to get a video card. Please keep video card recommendations "single slot" only since I have no idea how to hook up a video card to a power supply. Single slot ones are simple.

System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor
Memory: 4096MB RAM
OS Memory: 3840MB RAM
Power Supply : 250W Max

A:Upgrading video card and power supply

What's the model of the HP machine?

I ask in the hope that it's not a small form factor machine. That would determine whether or not its PSU could be replaced with a standard ATX supply, and whether it could take a full-sized graphics card rather than half height. (Card length is another issue, at the high end.)

Is there a budget? I suppose that he might be willing to get one of the current high end graphics cards (Radeon HD 7970 or nVidia GTX 680) plus PSU to drive it, at a cost of $600-700, but it seems unlikely.

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Im having some issues with my pc. When i play counter strike (as well as most other games) I am randomly locking up and either crashing or getting HUGE "lag" issues (almost like my pc locks up for about 2-3 seconds entirely). Now i know for a fact, that my pc is very much fast enough to run such an old game like counter strike so sweat, but ever since i reformatted about 2 weeks ago, ive been having this issue along with in game artifacts occuring (issues with lighting and anisotropic filtering). I calleg BFG tech support, and they said it sounds like my PSU is failing. I ran prime 95 a couple of times, and never once did it say fail, all my components pass. I have the newest drivers, the oldest drivers, and everything in beetween. Trust me, I'ts not the drivers... I'm not overclocked one bit, ALL my temps are fine (used 4 diff apps to monitor, all give same results) and i cant figure out this **** for the life of me. I know my video card is fast enough for most games(bioshock on med, CS:S defaults to all maxed except AA) and it's starting to piss me off...

(oh and i cant check my voltage for some reason, so dont tell me to check them. ****** hp motherboard)

and everything has new/correct drivers EXCEPT my chipset (didnt have time to dl last night)

Heres my pc specs:

AMD 64 3400+ socket 754
2GB Crucial PC3200
PNY 7600GS AGP 512MB
CD/DVD RW blah blah blah
9-in-1 Front Media Reader
PCI 10/100/1000 NIC
Gigabyte XXXXX CPU Cooler (120 mm f... Read more

A:Power Supply or Video Card - Failing?

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Recently upgraded from 6 yr old desktop and built my own system.
After 1 week of working fine I've started having serious problems. Wife close to shooting me since the kids complain that the computer doesn't work after about 10 minutes.

System crashes with games (son's Lego Batman which I guess is graphics intensive; but at the same time with Hidden Object games which are not).
Computer will freeze and need hardboot. Uninstalled the video card and ran the integrated ATI 3100 graphics card and had the same problem. Ran MEMCHECK for about 6 hours and no problem; ran a video card stability program for 4 hours and no problem. Can there be a problem with the MOB and the processor not working well with the video card?

Any help is appreciated to save marriage sanity:

Here are the specs:

ECS A780VM-M2 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Processor 2.30GHz OEM
Corsair XMS2 DHX 2048MB Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)
EVGA GeForce 8500 GT Video Card - 1GB GDDR2, PCI Express
450-Watt Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB Hard Drive
HP dvd1035i DVD Writer
Procesor running under 30C; video card running at 68C Operating System: XP SP3
Drivers for MOB, Video Card and Processors are up to date

A:Video Card malfuntion vs. Power Supply not enough

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Hi everyone! I have a Compaq Presario with a 250 watt power supply and a PCI Express X16 slot. I need suggestions for an nVidia or Radeon card that will work with such a low power supply! I play WoW and Oblivion, hopefully will be able to play Star Trek online. Any suggestions?? Much appreciated!

Here are the specs of my comp;

Hi! I own a Compaq Presario computer with an AMD Sempron processor and 2 GB RAM installed. There are only two available slots for RAM, and the computer was advertised as being upgradable to 4 GB. Can anyone tell me the most powerful processor AMD processor I can upgrade this computer with, as well as the best memory (2-2G sticks) to use?? Here are the MOBO specs...

Motherboard description Motherboard manufacturer's name: Asus M2N68-LA
HP/Compaq name: Ivy8-GL6

CPU/Processor Socket: AM2
Supports the following processors:
Athlon 64 X2 with Dual Core technology
Athlon 64

Front-side bus (FSB) 2000MT/s (2.0 GT/s)

Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

BIOS features System BIOS core brand: Award
Keyboard combination to used to enter BIOS: F10

Form factor Micro-ATX: 9.6 in X 9.6 in

Memory Dual channel memory architecture
Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Supported DIMM types:
PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
PC2-6400 (800 MHz)
Non-ECC memory only, unbuffered
Supports 2GB DDR2 DIMMs
Supports up to 4 GB*
32 bit PCs cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.

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A:Need Video card for 250W power supply

Sorry I pasted too much from another post in my original message. All I want to know is about the video card for my 250 watt power supply. Thanks!

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My PC (an AsRock N68 VS3 FX) has only got a 350-Watt Power Supply Unit in it and this severely restricts what Video/Graphics Card that can be used; have got a GIGABYTE RADEON HD 5450 1GB DDR3 Video/Graphics Card lying around but cannot use it as it needs at least a 400 Watt PSU to drive it.

Meanwhile, recently purchased a monitor (a Viewsonic VX2260s-LED 22 Inch 1920x1080 Black IPS LED) that has only got a VGA and DVI Port on it (am using it with a DVI cable connected to a GE FORCE 210 1GB DDR3 Video/Graphics Card) and am bitterly disappointed with the poor graphical quality, especially when watching videos and movies.

So am wondering: if a 450-Watt PSU was installed in the PC, and the HD 5450 Video Card installed, would this make a noticeable difference to the quality/resolution/clarity of what is seen on the monitor???

The 8ms Response-Time of the Viewsonic is sure not helping matters either, and have been looking at buying an AOC e2450Swh 23.6" LED Monitor Black Full HD HDMI (apparantly it has got a 2ms Response-Time) and would like to ask here if there would be a very dramatic graphical-quality improvement if a monitor like this was hooked up to the GIGABYTE RADEON HD 5450 using an HDMI cable???

Am not a Tech (as is fully proven by the monitor a salesman suckered me into buying!!!) so desperately need advice on this stuff; have got poor eyesight and need the best possible affordable equipment to generate good quality graphics.

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A:Power Supply Unit + Video Card

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Hi i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on a 2GB video card that may fit my unit and if also the psu has to be of a certain type, thanks.

A:Video card upgrade and power supply

@Docta1?, welcome to the forum. Here is a video card that will definitely work with your computer. The power supply unit (PSU) in the computer is stanard ATX.  I like Corsair products and recommend at least 600W.   A modular PSU is good for small cases.  It allows you to use only the cables that are absolutely necessary.  This allows for better airflow.  The video card in my link requires an additional 6-pin power connector. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Ok, i'm currently trying to build a computer and i am having trouble figuring out which power supply to use for my Asus 8800GT. I've asked other Tech forums, and they all have told me the same thing, but the reviews on the product contradict what they are telling me.

I am looking at a hard drive from a company called hec (Orion). Other forums have told me that i should avoid this company and that it is junk.

Since i can't link the PSU that I am thinking about buying (not enough posts )...ill give you the brand name and you can check it on Newegg.com

hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply

This review is the one that really caught me attention and had me confused

Pros: I bought this power supply so I could use my eVGA 8800GT. I was really pessimistic thinking I could find a suitable power supply for my card at a cheap price. Man, was I wrong. This thing is a trooper. It does everything it was supposed to with no problems at all. Glad I bought it after all. I overclock my processor and graphics card as well, and this power supply doesn't falter at all.
Cons: None.

Now i understand that i shouldn't be cheap about my PSU, but honestly i don't want to spend 50 or more dollars on this if there is one cheaper that will do the job.

Can somebody PLEASE help me out with this, by letting me know if this will do the job. And instead of just telling me it's a piece of junk, please show me what is good within my price ra... Read more

A:Question regarding a power supply, video card

get a cooler master 660Wats it will run it all it also has the graphics power connector for SLI

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I think either my video card or power supply is failing. Recently my computer has been freezing. This usually happens when playing video games (no artifacts, just unresponsive and my system is far above the game req's), but has happened while loading web pages or running video as well. In addition to this, the monitor will occasionally not receive a signal until (but it will if I reboot my computer).

Am I probably correct in thinking my old power supply is starting to fail? My computer is 3-4 years old other than a new hard drive and I believe my video card is a year or so younger than the rest of the computer.
TBH I know little of hardware failure symptoms other than what I looked up online, so it's just a guess...

I have also tested the ram already (windiag) and reformatted/re-installed windows to help rule out software.

Thanks for the help

My System:
(please ask if I forgot anything. I used DXDiag & SIS Sandra for this info)

Compaq Presario SR1538X Desktop PC


System Information
Time of this report: 11/16/2009, 10:15:20
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
System Manufacturer: Compaq Presario 061
System Model: PX798AA-ABA SR1538X NA530
BIOS: Phoenix - Award BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3300+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.4GHz
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A:Power Supply Failing Or Video Card?

This does sound like it could be a failing power supply, you do have a budget brand one with a fairly low output. I wouldn't have thought that the 6200 would need a big PSU but it might be worth looking to upgrade to around 350 or 400W. It is always good to have extra headroom in your power supply because then you do not risk overloading it.

Others may have different suggestions, but I have personally used an Enermax Liberty 400W in the past and it was a good unit.

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Got a new computer about a month and a half ago from BBY, and bought a new ATI Radeon 9550 256MB AGP video card for it. I recently got Medal of Honor Pacific Assault and have been playing it with no problems until recently...my monitor starts to flicker and then it looks like the game has "melted" on the screen - everything seems to run together...it just started happening and it doesn't take very long for it to start once I get into the game. My machine came with only a 250W power supply and I've been meaning to upgrade that, but I was wondering if these issues are related to the card or not???

My system:

Athlon XP 3200, 2.2Ghz
160GB Ultra DMA HD
8x Dual Layer DVD/RW
Onboard sound
ATI Radeon 9550 256MB AGP Video Card

Thanks for any help!!

A:Video card problem or power supply???

Well in a nut shell your power supply is way to small for that card.. Did some quick figuring i got 248watts for a answer there abouts ...I would think about getting a bigger powersupply like a 420w power supply..

check out here and be your own judge..


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I am upgrading to an NVIDIA 6800 in a few days. While looking at various sites about cards I realized I might need a new PSU. So I opened my PC and got the specs..they are as follows.
Input: 100-120V~5A 200-240V~3A

Output: +5v - / 12.0A -12v - / 0.5A
180w Max +12v / 10.0A + 3.3v/ 10.0A

Max Combined Power On +5v and +3.3v Output is 80w +5v and 3.3v

Many people have said I need to upgrade, while a few have said I am fine. I don't know much about this stuff and therefore I would love to hear any other interpretations of these specs.

Also my Power Supply isn't the normal looking unit. It is not a cube, it is long and goes down almost the whole bottom half of my computer. It is in the shape of a long, gray rectangle.

It looks as though there will be room for a new unit because there is this metal cage that sits on top of the current PSU that appears to be a good match for a normal, square power supply.

But I am not sure if I will be able to remove my PSU because there are no visible screws attaching it to the computer as far as I can tell.
So my questions are

1. Do I need a new Power Supply?

2. If I get a new one, will it fit?

3. Should I be able to remove the old one?
thanks for your help

A:Video Card and Power Supply Problems

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My Daughters 6 month old Dell Inspiron - 531 Vista based machine has a Bestec ATX 300D SWB (300W-max) Power supply

She plays 1 game (The Sims) the rest School work, & the on board Video has problems with this game.

She wants a PCI-Express Video Card like a (GF 8500 / GT 9400GT) etc. . . $50.00-$75.00 but upon researching we find she may need to up grade the power Supply.

Will any Name Brand Power Supply such as the below work & Fit ?
& are there any other considerations we should watch.

OCZ StealthXStream 500W Power Supply $39.95
EPS12V/ATX12V v.2.2, Active PFC, 120mm Fan, Quad +12V Rails, SLI Ready


A:Kristy's Video Card & Power supply ?

commercial power supplies dont always play nice with dells but they may have changed.
i run an 8800GT off a 500W and those are both good brands

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I'm in the process of building my first PC. I just received my power supply today (Corsair 620W). It has four listings for 12V (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and -12V), the first three of which are rated at 18 Amps and the last at 0.8 Amps. My video card is a Sapphire x1950XT, which, according to some reviews on newegg, requires 20-30 Amps. I looked on Sapphire's website, but I couldn't find an exact requirement.

So my question is, am I likely to run into trouble with this PSU / Video card combination? I really thought this PSU had a higher amperage than 18... I guess I read something wrong when ordering it. I did find some reviews of people running 1950Pro's with this Corsair PSU.

Also, I really don't understand the rails and what all of that means, so could someone post a quick explanation or direct me to an article that would explain the basics of a PSU? I've tried looking at some sites that I know (ie - Tom's Hardware), but I've had trouble finding an article to explain the basics to me.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Power Supply / Video Card Question


PSUs can be very confusing... the Important amps you need to know are on the +12v rail (rails)... now that Corsiar 620w PSU has three rails marked at 18a each.. so you might think.. "oh I have a total of 54amps.. becuase there are three rails at 18amps each.. right?"

Nope.... that just means that each individual rail is rated for a maximuim of 18amps each.. thats thier limit lets say.

If you look at the sticker on the side of the power supply, you can see that the 620w is divieded between all the different rails. the +3.3v & +5v have 170w dedicated to them.. the three +12v rails have 430w deidcated to them, and the -12v & +5vsb have the remaining 20w dedicated to them.

You take the 430 watts going to the +12v rails and divide that number by 12.. this gives you the total sustainable amps on the 12v rails.. which comes out to 35.8 amps.. so we'll say its 35amps even.

So, if your X1950XT requires 20-30 amps, then that power supply will be fine. The Corsiar 620w is a very nice power supply and you shouldnt worry that you made the wrong chioce, when in fact you made a great choice.. good job!

Basically they split the rails for saftey reasons.. they decided that there should not be more then 20amps on any given +12v rail... haveing said that, they still sell power supplies with a large single rail, but these usually have more heavy-duty over current protections and such... which makes them more exspensive.

I hope this helps,

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I have a new gateway, currently it has 2 gigs of ram, 4600 AMD athlon duo processor, a 300 watt power supply, and a geforce 6200 OC...the video card is terrible, going to return it. Looking to upgrade both the power supply and the video card, i have a pci and a pci-express slot, and im looking to spend around 200$combined. I want to be able to play games like oblivion, half life 2, world of warcraft...mainly oblivion. What would be the wisest spending of my money?

A:Buying a Video card and power supply help

if possible, i would return the machine or sell it. the best choice for a new computer is a standard PC, not a mass-produced name-brand OEM rig. OEM vendors such as gateway, dell, sony, and HP use specialized parts that are all too often incoherent with industry standards. consequently, attempting to interchange your stock parts (namely the power supply) with normal parts may result in failure.

if your gateway happens to be compatible with a standard power supply, i recommend the antec smartpower 2.0 SP-500. it is a 500W ATX supply with modular cabling and thermally controlled fans. it's a reliable, quiet, and powerful supply that costs $70 (USD) and is available at most local shops and online retailers.

as for video cards, i recommend that you get an nvidia-based card, 7600GT or higher. BFG, asus, gigabyte, msi, and XFX are all good brands that have competitively priced models. i reccomend the asus 7600GT model, it costs $140 (USD) and is a solid choice.

getting a decent card and power supply as mentioned will cost you about $200 (USD), or a bit more depending on your choices.

remember, because you have a new gateway, that even opening the case may void the warranty, and changing parts definitely voids the warranty.

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