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The_Computer_Wizard

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#1 10 years ago

ok, ive been looking for a new card for a lil while im still not sure if id be getting this one, but honestly i need to upgrade my radeon x700 anyway i was looking at this card on newegg Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H26XQT512NV2P Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

and it looks like a pretty good deal anyway, my thing is i have a 450w psu in my computer right now, and according to about 2 sites it says at about 95% load my computer should be using about 400ish watts right now (dual core amd processor, ati radeon x700, sound blaster live 5.1 sound card, asus m7v motherboard, 3 hard drives, 1 cd/dvd-rom, 1 dvd-burner with lightscribe, 3gb ddr2 memory its been working for almost a year and a half like this, and trust me ive put my equipment under GOOD load (i had to render a 3d project, took about 2gb of my ram, and 100% processor use and probably a good amount of my graphics card use for 29 straight hours) my question is, i know better graphics cards need more power, would i NEED a new psu for this card, or would i get away with getting a new power supply later, because it would be better to spread the cost out a lil for me financially




*Daedalus

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#2 10 years ago

I would personally get a new PSU. If you won't be needing one, you'll at least be running the line. Just get a decent 700W PSU, and that'll also do you the next time you want to upgrade your graphics card or anything else also.




The_Computer_Wizard

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#3 10 years ago

part of me is thinking thats the best option but another part of me is cheap, and i kinda just want to know if it can be done just so i know if i actually have the two options to think about, or if to get this card i NEED a new psu




iDeekz

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#4 10 years ago

If you think about it buying a new Power Unit would be great. In future you wont have to worry about any aspects such as this, but not all Power Units are great. Before buying a PSU you should look at its wattage, appearance, brand and its Outputs and Inputs. A safe, but expensive power supply is around $150 which provides some amazing power to your system. In future, like I have said, you won't need to worry, at all.




Stark98

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#5 10 years ago

i agree with icespeed, if you buy a 500/600 psu for a good price, your fine for always!




kow_ciller

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#6 10 years ago

You dont need a new PSU esp if you're going to get that video card. Using the power supply calculator your computer would use a max of around 350w. Thats assuming you have a top of the line AMD dual core 6400+, as long as your PSU is anything decent and not something like powmax you should be fine. As for the video card, something in that price range I suggest you get something like a 4670 for only $10 more w/o mail in Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H467QS512P Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

edit: you'd be using 350w with the new video card not with that old x700.




>Omen<

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#7 10 years ago
The_Computer_Wizard;4594223part of me is thinking thats the best option but another part of me is cheap...

...and plenty whom have listened to that cheap side have ended up paying for it in destroyed parts or at the very least a more costly PSU expense in the long run having experimented with one that was inadequate.

If there's one thing you don't want to skimp on it's PSU wattage/amperage. The best mindset is to know your system's power draw, and get a PSU that if anything has a good amount of overhead. Having 100w more than you need is not uncommon or impractical.




DarkKrucifix7

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#8 10 years ago

kow_ciller;4595427You dont need a new PSU esp if you're going to get that video card. Using the power supply calculator your computer would use a max of around 350w. Thats assuming you have a top of the line AMD dual core 6400+, as long as your PSU is anything decent and not something like powmax you should be fine. As for the video card, something in that price range I suggest you get something like a 4670 for only $10 more w/o mail in Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H467QS512P Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

edit: you'd be using 350w with the new video card not with that old x700.

I agree here, a little bit more for a 4670 Newegg.com - Radeon HD 4670, Radeon HD 4000 series, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices, Computer Hardware would be a more cost effective solution...since a 2600XT (my previous card too) is 2 generations behind and not as powerful.

My 2600XT was able to run perfectly on a 430W PSU (2 HDs, 1Sata, 1IDE; a DVD/CD Burner; AMD Athlon 4200+; and 2GB 667 RAM).

A 4670 appears to have similar power requirements to a 2600XT too... ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series - System Requirements