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Psu / Graphics Card Question


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#1 kunu

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:42 PM

Hi all,

My new computer is spanking fast. Quad core processor, 5GB of RAM, all that good stuff. The thing is, the only thing stopping from this computer being a gaming beast is that my PSU/graphics card really sucks. PSU is 350w and my graphics card, well, isn't a graphics card. (integrated)

Now, I have a budget of about 200-250 dollars, looking to get a 8800GT since I've heard wonders about it. Now I know 350w won't support this card...so could someone link me to a good PSU that will be an easy installation and that will support 8800GT? Maybe around 500-600 watts? Remember, 200-250 dollars is my budget. If you need any more info about my computer, I'll be happy to give it to you. Thanks!

EDIT: Also, this is a HP computer. I've read that third-party PSU's will not work with HP computers...is this true?

Edited by kunu, 24 August 2008 - 02:28 AM.


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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:55 AM

There are better graphics cards than the 8800 GT, but I will focus on the PSU. I've used the Corsair 620W PSU and really like it. The PSU gets great reviews, has a good warranty, and is modular with over 80 percent efficiency. Plus, it meets your budget. For some reason, Corsair's 720W PSU is cheaper than the 620W with the mail-in rebate.

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 04:26 PM

Depends on the model of HP. If its a micro tower you will have to find a power supply compatible with the SFF (Small Form Factor) and you will have trouble getting the Nvidia card to fit. If its a standard tower chances are its a Standard ATX power supply and you should have no problems. Older Compaq computers had a proprietary power supply and were not compatible with the ATX standard this has since changed and as far as I know the only other standard is the SFF standard.
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