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Old 04-14-2008, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm looking to make a purchase on a new video card. However, after inspecting that the new 9600GT models and such need a 400w power supply or more, I don't have the money right now to spend on both a power supply and a video card and I'm wanting to play my Call of Duty on higher settings.

I have a 300w power supply right now, and around 130 to spend on a new card.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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8800GS is around that price, and will play COD with ease:
Newegg.com - XFX PVT88SFDF4 GeForce 8800GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics
....assuming your other specs are up to par. What are they anyway? Brand of power supply? Look on the label, and please tell the +12v amps.
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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DC OUTPUT: 300w (+3.3v & +5v=130W Max)
+3.3v
+12v2
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But how many amps for the +12v. That's the important factor.

And what are the rest of your specs of your computer?
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Not too sure about this 12v rail thing,

AC INPUT: 100-127/220-240v~, 7/3 5A 60/50Hz
DC OUTPUT: 300w ~~ 20.0A(ORG),+5v ~ 26.0A(RED), +12v1 ~ 8.0A(YEL)
+3.3v ~ 20.0A(ORG), +5v ~ 26.0A(RED), +12v1 ~ 8.0A(YEL)
+12v2 ~ 14.0A(YEl/BLACK), +5Vsb ~ 2.0A(PURP), -12V ~ 0.8A(BLUE)
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That should be enough for an 8800GS I suppose. But when you get the chance, upgrade the power supply too. It would serve better for future upgrades.
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You suppose? That doesn't reassure me too well, I mean - I'd hate to get this and it not work in my computer. I'm fairly certain it will, but I'd feel a lot more secure having someone who knows what's happening tell me.
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According to the system requirements for an XFX 8800gs your power supply does not have enough amps on the 12v rails. The minimum requirements for an 8800gs include
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450W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 30A or more.
The best video card you could run with your existing psu is probably an GeForce 8600gt.
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You mean something less powerful than like a 9600 needs more power?

Can anyone confirm this?
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wait, save up and buy what your aiming for.
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