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Graphics card power question?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bigtree, Feb 23, 2011.

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  1. bigtree

    bigtree Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Going by the specs of my PCs power pack (included photograph of the power pack below) will my PC manage OK with a graphics card that requires a 300 watt power supply and 30.5 watt max power consumption?

    I'm particularly interested in the 30.5 watt max power consumption.

    Thanks

    (y)

    I'm hoping to get it very soon (if it will work OK) so any quick answers would be really great !
     

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  2. dustyjay

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    I would replace the power supply. While liteon make fairly good Optical drives sometimes, their power supplies are really not high quality, and you only have 19A on the +12Vdc rail and a limit of 268W devided up between the +12Vdc and +5V rails. You should look at something from OCZ, Corsair, Antec, in 500 550 w range.
     
  3. flavallee

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    I have a NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512 MB video card in a desktop with a 250 watt power supply, and it works fine. It has a heat sink instead of a cooling fan, so that takes a little more load off the power supply. I also don't use the computer for gaming.

    Since you didn't mention the description of your video card and what you plan to use it for, this is just something for you to compare to.

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  4. bigtree

    bigtree Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, thanks for responding -

    The card is a Zotak Nvidia Geforce 210 PCI-E Synergy Edition - 512 MB
    (specs in the link)

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/zotac...edition-graphics-card-512mb-04810368-pdt.html

    My PC is a HP Compaq Presario desktop CQ5305, dual core CPU E5300 2.6 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, 64-bit Windows home Premium.

    I am hoping to use it for video editing, with Adobe PrE 9, but possibly some gaming too.

    Am I going to set it on fire if I get this one? :confused:

    Thanks.
     
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