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Request:BFG Geforce 6800GT requirements question(s)

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#1 Mizery


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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:24 PM

Hello fellow geeks, :flowers:

I'm going to be installing a new graphic's card into my PC soon. I have my mind made up on a Geforce 6800XT


I have already determined that it is compatible with my system except for the Wattage it will need. I hear their pretty demanding. I currently have a ATI

Radeon X800XT, so I should be able to, but I'm not for sure. :trumpet:

My PC is a Dell XPS Gen 4, or in others words "That's one huge b@%$#!"


My PSU is a dual rail and is underneath the full length of my computer's case. In the image you can see the line the separates the case from the PSU itself. I have taken it apart to see what the sticker read about the Watts it produces, but it looks like gibberish to me.

(This is what the sticker reads, nothing is my personal statement)
Dell Inc.
Model-NPS-460-DDR Rev10
50_60Hz Autoranged
Combined +5 & +3.3V Output power small not exceed 240W
Max combined output channel current #12.V_A & 12_B
Outputs IS 32A

I think its +12 17amps from the +12_~17.0A :inlove: but since it dual rail, idk exactly how that works.

And also, I don't have any separate power cords going to my current card would I need one for that Geforce 6800GT. I noticed the pin connectors on the top. My current card doesn't have that.

I hope I wasn't too confusing, and thanks for your time and help

The miz :thumbsup:

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#2 Mizery

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 09:25 PM

* Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
* Model: (WHL)Dimension XPS Gen 4

Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 3)

* Version: 5.1.2600
* Build Number: 2600
* Install Date: 17/12/2004
* Install Directory: C:\WINDOWS
* Locale: English (en) - United States (US)
* DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)


* Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
* Model: 0U7084 (v )


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* Release Date: 11/10/2004


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Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:25 AM

The X800XT and 8600GT pull about the same wattage, so it's not a concern. The extra pins/connector on the 8600GT are for the SLI bridge, not any additional power connectors.

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#4 Mizery

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 03:26 PM

Good to hear, thank you for your reply, :thumbsup:

So I take it, it uses bus power (gets power by connecting it to the Express slot).

I'm also worried about connections though, my current card has a cable(s) running to it, its like a 4 prong and snaps to a connector on the card. I looked at the 6800GT and didn't see any connection like that. I guess it doesn't use anything like that?

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 11:46 PM

Di I need to buy and additional connectors for this card?

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