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Old 09-13-2009, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok so i want to get the 9800 gtx card, but i want to make sure i have enough power.
my psu is 650w. is that enough to handle this card? i only have a mouse and a keyboard plugged in, and not much extra inside, just an aftermarket sound card
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You need a 450w psu with 26amps on the 12v rail. You should be just fine.

A link to your actual psu would be great to make 100% sure but unless you have a real bad one you will have enough juice.
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where are you buying the card from and for how much? you might be able to get a better card for the same amount.
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You need a 450w psu with 26amps on the 12v rail. You should be just fine.

A link to your actual psu would be great to make 100% sure but unless you have a real bad one you will have enough juice.
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Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty at TigerDirect.com

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where are you buying the card from and for how much? you might be able to get a better card for the same amount.
im not positive thats the one i want to get, its around 120 on newegg or tiger..

any suggestions that would be better than that? i dont really want a radeon card either, unless its really a lot better for the price.
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38a on the 12v rail so your psu will be just fine.

Take a peek at this card:
Newegg.com - XFX GS250XYDFC GeForce GTS 250 512MB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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EDIT : I refrain my statement, turns out the GTS250 is a better card
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My $25 500-watt power supply handles my 9800gtx just fine, that's including the hybrid SLI with the onboard 8400. You should be all set.
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so is the best for my money? funny, my friend just got this card.. x3
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that or a 4850:
Newegg.com - XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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I was going to say that (My edited post), but after reviewing some of the performance reviews, the GTS looked like the clear winner to me, in almost every game played.
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