I just ordered a new graphics card. I have not installed it yet.
EVGA GeForce 8800 GS Superclocked Video Card - 384MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV 384-P3-N853-AR at TigerDirect.com
Now on the system requirements it says it needs a 400W PS. I have a 500W PS "Dynex DX-PS500W"
The DC output is:
"Dc Ouput - +5v=40a +12v1=16a +3.3v=35a +12v2=18a -5v=0.5a 12v=0.5a +5vsb=2.5a"
This does have a PCI-E 6 pin connector. I am assuming that is the 12v2.
The card says it requires 12V at 22A. This PS says 12V at 18A. Will this pose a problem for me? Should I upgrade the PS?
Also worth noting is that I dont intend on keeping this card for very long. This is a tide me over card until I build my new system in about 6 months. I have a friend that had a problem with a graphics card with the power output and he said the card worked for about 6 months then failed on him.
So what are the hazards of having not enough current going to the card? Should I replace my PS?
Thank you for the help.