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Graphic Cards And Power Supplies


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#1 ebrid001

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:23 PM

Hello,

I have a 250 watt power supply and most of the Nvidia and ATI budget graphic cards I'm looking at recommend at least a three hundred watt supply.

1. Are those hard and fast guidelines or can I probably get away with the fifty watt shortage?

2.If doing #1 is tempting fate,please recommend a budget graphic card that will work.

2a. Or would it be better to upgrade the power supply?

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:35 PM

Are you going with a PCI-E card? What are your current computer specs? An Upgraded power supply would be more cost efficient in the long run. There not to expensive.
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 01:52 PM

Sneakycyber:

Yes,I have a pci express 16 slot on an MSI motherboard. XP,up to date,with a gig of ram.

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I was just on the New Egg site and read their tutorial on sound cards and linked from that to the proper list of cards.

There,I found some MSI cards that have heat sinks rather than fans on the card. But no power supply recommendations were listed. I'm tempted to get one of those. Thoughts? Cautions?

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 02:09 PM

What are your intentions of doing with this setup, gaming? What kind or is it just an all around upgrade?
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 02:30 PM

Garmanma:

I added an" MSI TV Anywhere " card,fed from my television cable. Yes,I updated the Direct X and downloaded the latest drivers to my own disk.

The sound is good;the picture is OK,but on things like sports "rerun" segments,it needs more memory than the one gig of memory is sharing. It is sharing 128. I'm figuring a 256 or a 512 would clean up some,if not all of the fuzz during the first half second and last half second of the reruns.

I don't smoke and I open the case and air can out the dust every few months or so,if it needs it or not. So,if I can save a few dollars with the MSI,which uses a heat sink instead of a fan,if a 250 power supply will feed it,that would make sense for me.

Nope,I don't game.


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Posted 31 August 2008 - 03:38 PM

well, since your not a gamer the heatsink version might work okay. assuming you aren't building your own 3d models or anything :thumbsup: The thing is without active cooling, things could get heated. Not saying don't get one, just be aware of the issue beforehand. What card are you looking at exactly? how many cd/dvd/harddrives are you running?

And yes, getting a video card would smooth things out. not only will it use its own vram to render but will let your OS/programs use the full gig of regular RAM you have in there.

Personally, I would get a small but ample PSU 400ish and like a 73-7600 nVidia card. probly get both for about 75 bucks or so.




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