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Old 12-19-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
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Default can my psu handle a 3850?

simple question, i have a xion 450 watt power supply and was wondering if it can handle a ati 3850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102715 this one to be exact... i wont be overclocking it at all though unless i had a better pc overall lol say's the minimum required is 450 but im still hesitant

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Old 12-19-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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Depending on which 450w Xion model. The specifications seen on one at the link shows it lacks the additional power feed for the newer SLI/Crossfire video cards. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...IN#detailspecs

Your main board will also have to be PCI-E 2.0 as well to see the full performance value. The Xion 500w model supply seen at the newegg here would be a move up seeing support for the card at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817190019
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:54 PM   #3
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yeah 2.0 on my board wont make very much of a difference and i cant upgrade it cuz then i'd need to upgrade ram and cpu also
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You should be fine with that power supply. It has plenty of amps on the 12V rail. The video card will come with a power adapter if you need it.
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You should be fine with that power supply. It has plenty of amps on the 12V rail. The video card will come with a power adapter if you need it.
=D yeah actualy, i do need the adapter, now that i only have 1 cd drive it'll be okay
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Since the 450w lacks any 4,6, or 8pin connectors you may want to grab a surge protector once you have an adapter for a molex plug. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814999001

For a 6pin to molex adapter you'll find plenty like the one see at http://www.directron.com/ad201.html
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A graphics card surge protector? I've never heard of them. I really don't see the need for one either as I've never heard of a power spike from the PSU killing a video card.

As noted earlier Dodge1970, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 comes with the needed power adapter.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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ughhh i cant stand newegg shipping!!! i ordered it yesterday, it got to Sacramento this morning/ last night and its still gonna take till tuesday to get here wt heck?????? i live about a 1 hour drive from sac man why cant they just stop half way lol
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Don't blame Newegg for your percieved slowness with UPS's shipping. Rember it's Christmas season and they are absolutely swamped at this time and nothing moves on Sunday.
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A graphics card surge protector? I've never heard of them. I really don't see the need for one either as I've never heard of a power spike from the PSU killing a video card.

As noted earlier Dodge1970, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 comes with the needed power adapter.
Haven't you ever heard of selling gimics? We now need surge protection in order to run video cards?! Can I sell a bridge as well?

The main idea behind something like that is simply in the event a supply sees some kind of short sending a surge into the board that has been known to kill boards real fast. With large vpued cards seeing a direct feed from the supply this is another item to keep a card safe as well as something else to sell.
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