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500 Watt Power Supply- What Is My Max Video Card I Should Buy?


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#1 jkp9900

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:37 PM

i currently have a 500 watt supply and am wondering what is the best nvidia based card i can run. i am hoping to buy a 8600 gt running 1 dvi lcd monitor (1440x900).
can i run this with a few 80mm fans or am i pushing it? i am looking to play bioshock and the upcoming directx 10 games in the future (high settings hopefully)
thanks guys, i am a total noob to building and this is my first build which consists of (so far)
-atx case with blue led front display
-total of 2 80mm rear fans, 1 80mm side
-antec neo 500 watt
-gigabyte ga ps3 mobo
-intel e6600 2.4 core duo
-g skill 2gb 6400 800mhz
-250gb sata, lite scribe, blah blah blah

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:07 PM

Power supply calculator:
http://www.vbutils.com/power.asp
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:26 PM

so basically, it doesnt matter if you run a 6200 or 8800 pci-e they still draw the same amount of watts?

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 09:07 PM

This should break it down. Interesting reading
http://www.atomicmpc.com.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 09:46 PM

great writing, thanks alot, i should have no prblem with my 500 watt, but i'll be scouting ebay for a 750+watt just for future expansion.




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