Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-31-2001, 11:00 PM   #1
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Video card watts requirements question

oops.
__________________

Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
Baseband Member
 
DJP1986's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 47
Default Video card watts requirements question

So, I bought a video card from newegg.com and I saw that it required a minimum of 250 watts. Well, it was a typo on newegg. The box says it requires a minimum of 350 watts or greater.

Does this mean I have to return it? I read on another board through research that it can still support it, it's just the PSU can't support the high-end cards. Apparently, this card isn't high-end according to newegg reviews and feedback from here.

What can / should I do? I DESPERATELY need to change my video card... my current one takes up a crapload of memory, as it uses shared.
__________________

DJP1986 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:08 PM   #3
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

What video card is it and what system is it going into? Do you know the specs of your current power supply?
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:33 PM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
Prodigy146's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,751
Send a message via AIM to Prodigy146 Send a message via MSN to Prodigy146 Send a message via Yahoo to Prodigy146
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

trust me man you dont need to match specs. i ran a Jaton 8600GT (Minimum of 450 Watts) on my 300 watt dell psu.. turns out my whole system only used 180watts under load w/8600GT (Played COD4 for 2 hours before test)

So depending on the video card you should be fine
__________________
[Proc: Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.6ghz] [Motherboard: Asus 870 M4A87TD EVO]
[GPU: Asus 5770 Crossfire] [PSU: Corsair 650 12v53a] [Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2]
[RAM: Patriot 4GB DDR3 1600] [Case: Antec 300 Illusion] [HDD: 2x WD 640GB Raid 0]
Prodigy146 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
Baseband Member
 
DJP1986's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 47
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

Ehh, not sure about the specs of the power supply. The PC build itself is a HP Pavilion a6120n. I haven't changed anything in it, except for adding another 2GB of ram. It's this model right here:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en...-80443888.html

I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS installed. It's brutal to my machine

The video card I ordered is:

XFX PVT86JYAHG GeForce 8500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
DJP1986 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:49 PM   #6
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

You'll be fine with a 8500GT. They only require a 300W PSU and really aren't that power hungry. They have been known to run on lower rated power supplies.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:52 PM   #7
Fully Optimized
 
Prodigy146's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,751
Send a message via AIM to Prodigy146 Send a message via MSN to Prodigy146 Send a message via Yahoo to Prodigy146
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

i cant find psu specs for your model, but i've never seen an OEM supply less than a 300watt to a intel core 2 duo.

So yeah your good
__________________
[Proc: Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.6ghz] [Motherboard: Asus 870 M4A87TD EVO]
[GPU: Asus 5770 Crossfire] [PSU: Corsair 650 12v53a] [Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2]
[RAM: Patriot 4GB DDR3 1600] [Case: Antec 300 Illusion] [HDD: 2x WD 640GB Raid 0]
Prodigy146 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 10:59 PM   #8
Baseband Member
 
DJP1986's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 47
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

Ahh sweet, thanks guys! I heard from a friend in class that there's a chance it will not provide the best graphics it can. Is that true?

Also, am I supposed to install the drivers before or after slapping it into my motherboard?
DJP1986 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 11:03 PM   #9
Fully Optimized
 
Prodigy146's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,751
Send a message via AIM to Prodigy146 Send a message via MSN to Prodigy146 Send a message via Yahoo to Prodigy146
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

I just checked the 8500GT. And the guys whole comp with the 8500GT under load used 160watts.. and the guy a had a core 2 duo oc'ed at 3.2ghz

So youll have full performance but your processor might cause bottlenecking
__________________
[Proc: Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.6ghz] [Motherboard: Asus 870 M4A87TD EVO]
[GPU: Asus 5770 Crossfire] [PSU: Corsair 650 12v53a] [Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2]
[RAM: Patriot 4GB DDR3 1600] [Case: Antec 300 Illusion] [HDD: 2x WD 640GB Raid 0]
Prodigy146 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2009, 11:10 PM   #10
Baseband Member
 
DJP1986's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 47
Default Re: Video card watts requirements question

Would I face that issue if I don't overclock my CPU? I've kept it where it's at ever since I bought it. I probably should OC it, though, huh? Problem is I've never really looked up how to. haha
__________________

DJP1986 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0