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Old 11-12-2005, 07:20 PM   #1
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Alright, I just purchased a leadtek 6800 but I havn't been able to try it out yet. It seems everything is compatible with my comp but I've run into a problem. It says (the vid card) it needs a minimum power supply of atleast 350 watts. It overlooked this because I didn't think it would be a problem being that my computer is new. When I opened my case my computer said it has 300 watts.

What will happen to it when I'm playing a game like doom 3? Is it going to slow down or something? I thought about shipping it back to Newegg after I try it out for a week, assuming I can do that, and buying a 6800GS since a pretty much bought the 6800 a day or two before the GS came out (bad timing and luck). Even though the spec sheet on the newegg site says nothing about a minimum power supply for the GS cards, I checked on both the Evga and Leadtek site and it also mentioned the 350 minimum power supply. Am I going to have to get a whole 'nother power supply unit just to play a few games? If I do it looks like more time researching for me This is turning into a real headache.

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Old 11-12-2005, 07:23 PM   #2
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If you run out of juice your system will most probably reset while your playing Doom3 which would be very annoying. BUT sometimes your PSU will be capible of holding up, i have run a 6800GT off of a 320Watt PSU before with no problems.

So its up to you weither ya risk it for a lil while and see what happens (and save alot on Doom3) , or you purchuse a new 450+ watt PSU , there quite cheap now around 40 for a decent one.
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:27 PM   #3
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So, when you say "risk it," will this actually damage the card itself if it cuts off in the middle of me playing a game?
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:30 PM   #4
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It varies...it could be pretty bad for your card.
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:50 PM   #5
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Well, I guess Newegg wouldn't take my card back if it got damaged when I was trying to see if it would work right with my comp. Guess I need a new PSU if I want to have something in the 6800 range. This really blows...
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:55 PM   #6
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the Fortron AX-500 is under 100 dollars on newegg last time i checked. Good budget psu.
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:02 PM   #7
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I honestly have no idea what I'm looking for in a PSU. $91 is too much though. I thought about getting this b/c its cheap and 430 watts should be enough. Please don't tell me it isn't too cheap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023

I don't have any idea how to hook this up either. I guess I could ask here or look at how my current supply is hooked up.

This is my comp btw-

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/5021/5021sp3.shtml
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:19 PM   #8
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get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:28 PM   #9
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Will that work with my computer, is there anything else I need to know about that PSU? One of the reviewers said it had a PCI-express connecter. I guess thats my main need right now...
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:32 PM   #10
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the one ownage suggested will suit u fine, just order that and enjoy ur new vid card
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