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Old 02-23-2006, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok, I'm new to computer hardware and installing new hardware. My current power supply is 250W and I'm looking to buy a new video card (ATI Radeon x700 Pro). But, the card says a 300W power supply or greater is recommended.

If I install the card with my 250W PS will it even work at all? Or will I have to dish out some extra money for a new PS?

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Old 02-23-2006, 10:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'd get a new psu with that. your psu may or may not power the x700 even if it does manage to power it stability may be a huge issue. fortron makes a reliable cost effective psu, antec alsomakes good psu's just not quite as affordable
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I'll check fortron out, thanks.

Do you think I should get just a 300W PSU? Or like a 350W?
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i'd go with a 350w personally. the less the psu has to strain the better. I've had an x700 and had a 350w psu behind it and it worked very well
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The more wattage the safer
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i'd go with a 350w personally. the less the psu has to strain the better. I've had an x700 and had a 350w psu behind it and it worked very well

How did you like the x700?

Basically I only want to play WoW (World of Warcraft) so do you think it will run pretty well with that game?
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So a fan like this:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Mad-D...oductDetail.do

Should be good?

And another thing. My current video card is integrated, so will I have to disable the integrated card before installing? Or can I just install the card without disabling the itegrated card?
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How will I know if that PSU will work?
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Add some precuations before you jump into this. Who made your current system, as right now it looks to be a pre built one like Dell, which means you can't just stick a new PSU in. They will swap around the pins and change all sorts of things around, which means you can't just put a new PSU in.

The X700 isn't a very good card. What connector does your motherboard have? PCIE or AGP? For very slightly more you can get a 6600gt which is a better card than the X700 pro.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130220

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130214
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I got this
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817171007
to support my new 6800GS AGP
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