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Old 09-05-2009, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi! hope i joined the right place here. anyway i have a question about a psu option i couldnt find an answer to in search. first off my specs are:

windows xp pro.. will get 64 bit soon but now 32 bit
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420 watt psu

ok so im upgrading my graphics card. im still searching and deciding on that but im going at least hd 3870 CF or 3870 x2. seems i can get 1 or the other for around $120. i know i need more power. well i found a dedicated graphics card psu. (same as this one here VISIONTEK 450 Watt Dedicated Power Supply : Spare Parts | Dell ) i can get this thing for $30 with my jobs employee discount. so i will only be using the dedicated 450 watts for the graphics card's only and combined with my 420 watt i will have a total of 870 watts? at least thats my understanding but i wanted to check with some tech gurus before i went through with it all. any advice will be appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just get a whole new power supply... You can get a high quality Corsair PSU for the same price as that dedicated PSU, which IMO isn't worth it...

Modular one: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Non-modular: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
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thanks for the feedback. keep in mind i can get the dedicated for $30. seems like a good deal to me if the combined watts = 870.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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any other opinions on this? is 450 watts dedicated ok if it's dedicated to just the GPU/s? will that be ok for some newer cards?
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i would just get a whole new PSU all together. either the 650tx that carnage recommended or the 750tx.
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it seems like youre just looking for confirmation that the dedicated psu will work. i dont know if many people here have used something like that, but it doesnt seem to offer any other info (like amps) besides the description that claims it supports quad-sli...
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thanks again for the feedback. well despite recommendations i bought the dedicated psu. i ended up paying $40 for it. i made this decision because by only spending $40 i can now afford an xfx 4890 xxx. i will post back how it all works out.
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420 watts wont cut it for the 1890.. I think.
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Its not wattage that count as much as amperage on the 12v rails.
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ok well this website ( Radeon HD 4890 review | test ) says the hd 4890 requires 16 amps per card. on this forum ( Will my current dedicated power supply run a GTX 295? ) the guy states he owns a VisionTek 450 Dedicated PSU and it puts off ~38 Amps over 2 +12V rails. So how does that sound?
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