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Old 03-21-2010, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, first time newby poster here!

Got a question if any of you guys can help me with.

My friend just gave me a 9500 nvidia GT card. Currently my PC is using just a stock integrated graphics chip. My PC is this: HP Pavilion a6803w-b - Tower - 1 x Athlon X2 4850e / 2.5 GHz - RAM 3 GB - HDD 1 x 500 GB - DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - GF 6150 SE - Mdm - Vista Home Premium - Monitor : 20" Widescreen TFT ( HP 2009m ): Computer & Accessories

Basically what I'm wondering is if I need a new PSU for the card? The card says a minimum 350W to run, and my PC's psu is only 300W. My friend said it should still work fine even though its 50w under. Is that true? Will I be able to use it without buying a new PSU?


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You can always try it to see if it works. GPU companies always over estimated minimum psu requirements to account for bad power supply companies. Unfortunately you most likely have a weak 300watt.

If you get a BSOD under load you know you do not have enough power.
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