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How much power does an internal PCI Tv tuner consume ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mark.assad, Oct 15, 2008.

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  1. mark.assad

    mark.assad Thread Starter

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    Hello.
    I am thinking of buying a tv tuner since i got a 22 inch pc screen, so why not make good use of it ?!
    Im afraid of 1 thing, my PSU is only 550 Watt Thermaltake, i have a Geforce 9800GTX+ installed, and the Gpu requires a psu with at least 500 Watt, im sure that the "500" includes a pc as a whole, and not the gpu only, but im afraid that if i add the tv tuner, i will be over loading my system or anything ? I only have 1 HD installed and 1 Dvd writer...

    Do you think installing an internal PCI tv tuner will risk over loading ?
    As an alternative, i can buy an external USB one, or the one that doesnt even need a computer to use, but both cost almost twice the internal's price.
     
  2. reddwarf1387

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    I would buy the external tv tuner or get a bigger PSU
     
  3. mark.assad

    mark.assad Thread Starter

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    i bought the PSU 1 month ago noway im changing
     
  4. reddwarf1387

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    I understand. just check the system requirements of the internal tv tuner you with to purchase make sure it don't need a lot of power. if it were me, I'd get the external one though
     
  5. br1ng3r

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    A pci card will typically draw between 5w and 10w per card.

    Extract from 'PC Format, issue 216/Aug2008.
     
  6. BG-0

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    The GPU power requirements are made through testing the cards in systems with high-end CPUs, and a mid-low quality PSU, your PSU is most possibly mid-high quality, being a TT. And the amount is for whole system. And as you have only 1 HD and DVD drives, you'll propably be fine.. You could also, just for fun mostly, calculate using: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
     
  7. mark.assad

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    hmm still not sure, but what if i buy an external one that doesnt need to have the computer on to work, the Tv Box watever its called, will that affect on the Pc graphics since im connecting my geforce to the Tv box, then connecting it to the lcd screen ?
     
  8. reddwarf1387

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    that should work just fine that way you can use it on more than one computer
     
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