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Old 09-08-2005, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i just ordered a X800 Pro AGP card and a new 400W PSU with 20 amps on the 12+V rail (this one ) .... but the card is going to get here 2 days before the PSU, a tech at ATI's 800 line told me my PSU may be fine running the X800 Pro even though it is a generic 420W with 13amps on the 12+V rail, he said since i only have one hard drive and one optical drive it may work no problem .. so i would like to try that first and just hang on to my new PSU as a backup .. but what are the dangers if it DOESNT have enough power for the card? can it possibly damage the card? or other components in my system?

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Old 09-09-2005, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It won't damage anything... Infact it kinda sounds like that "tech" just wanted you to buy a new PSU from them. That PSU will run everything FINE ! Put it this way.... If it doesn't have enough power to run the machine, It won't run. won't even boot.

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Old 09-09-2005, 01:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah i have it installed now .. just put it in maybe an hour ago and running fine so far :-)
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Old 09-09-2005, 02:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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never hurts to have an extra working psu in the closet anyways
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Old 09-09-2005, 03:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah that's what im thinking .. kinda wish i had used that extra $50 to order a set of X530's from newegg but oh well never hurts to have a spare like you said lol
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