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PSU with my BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 1GB GDDR2

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#1 JeffWP


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:21 PM

I bought a BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 1GB GDDR2 video card and it states on the specs that I need a 300W minimum PSU to use the card. I have a 280W now and I know I will have to upgrade in the future, but what I want to know is do I have anough power to run this card, when all I do is watch DVDs, probably get Netflix online movies this summer, and watch youtube and other web media. I do not play the high-end system-hog games (Flight Simulator is as high-end as I go) and would like to install this card with a little foreknowledge of whether it is going to run OK. Here are my current system specs:

Operating Systems: Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal Bays: 3 - 3.5" Drive Bays
PCI Slots (Total): 3
PCI Slots (Available): 2
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1
PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1
Expansion Slots: 4
Parallel Ports: 1
USB Ports: 7
LAN Ports: 1
Line In Jacks: 1
Processor Brand: AMD
Processor Class: Athlon 64
Processor Number: 3500
Processor Speed: 64 3500+ / 2.20GHz
Processor Interface: Socket 939
Processors Supported: 1
Processors Onboard: 1
Additional Technologies: HyperTransport Technology
Memory Type: DDR
Memory Size: 512MB
Total Memory: 1.0GB (I have upgraded to 3GB)
Memory Speed: DDR 400 (PC-3200)
Memory Slots (Total): 4
Memory Slots (Available): 2
Maximum Memory Supported: 4.0GB
Interface: EIDE
Capacity: 200GB
Speed: 7,200RPM
Interface: EIDE
Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer
Audio Description: Integrated Audio
Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
Video Memory: 128MB Shared Memory
Video Interface: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
Graphics Description: PCI TV Tuner
Video Interface: S-Video
Coaxial TV
Communications Description: Integrated LAN Support
Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
Data Transfer Rate: 10Mbps
Communications Description: 56Kbps PCI Modem
Interface Type: RJ-11 - Phone Connector
Data Transfer Rate: up to 56Kbps
Power: 280 Watt
Mouse Type: Standard
Buttons: 3
Scrolling Capability: Vertical
Connection Type: PS/2
Power Source: PS/2 Connection
Keyboard Type: Multimedia
Connection Type: PS/2
Power Source: PS/2 Connection
Front Speakers: 2
Any advice??

Edited by JeffWP, 03 June 2009 - 12:22 PM.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:53 PM

You might get it to work with your power supply but I wouldn't count on it working right.
Video card manufacturers tend to underrate the power needs.
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 07:24 PM

I wouldn't even attempt to install the card with a 280 watt power supply. There is a VERY good chance you will damage the power supply and the card, possibly more.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:43 AM

ya need to up your wattage

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