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#1 mooniniteman

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 08:50 PM

I have this video card in mind.

eVGA 512-P2-N447-LX Geforce 7300GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card


It says "GDDR2" Does that mean that my Motherboard has to have GDDR2 as well?

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#2 JPHarvey

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 09:09 PM

No. That is just the memory which the graphics card has installed and uses.

Edited by JPHarvey, 27 July 2006 - 09:09 PM.

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#3 mooniniteman

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 09:15 PM

So then number one I have to look for is to make sure that it has the same slot, in this case,

PCI Express x16

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 09:21 PM

Yeah - However, the additional concern is whether or not your Power Supply will be able to handle the new card.

Most newer GPUs are pretty power hungry. Check the manufacturers website to see Firstly what Wattage is required for the GPU, then also what Amps are required.

I only got told about the Amps concern the other day and didn't actually realise it was a factor. Always best to check! :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:42 PM

Most standerd power supplies will be able to handle a 7300 GT. It needs no extra power connection since PCI-Express gives it enough juice. And only needs a 300Watt power supply and a 12V rail with 18 AMPs.

It should say how many AMP's your 12V rail has on your power supply.

-==Steps for fidning how many Amps you have==-

1, Open up your case and look in the top left corner for the box.

2, looks at what wattage it says, it should be in somewhat bold letters such as "Maximum output 300Wats"

3, Now look at the small print on your power supply. You should see something along the lines of
"+12V ==== ##A" ( You want atleast 18 Amps on your 12V rail )
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:45 PM

Yeah I didn't even know about the Amps. I just went and bought a $AU190 PSU (Modular) which has two 12V rails - 15A on each!! Thanx to stevealmighty for pointing that one out....
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Posted 28 July 2006 - 12:43 PM

There's no way my current PSU or PC could handle a 7300GT, that card is for my next machine. Im trying not to hold it back as much as possible lol

thanks for the help :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 01:54 PM

Most standerd power supplies will be able to handle a 7300 GT. It needs no extra power connection since PCI-Express gives it enough juice. And only needs a 300Watt power supply and a 12V rail with 18 AMPs.

It should say how many AMP's your 12V rail has on your power supply.

-==Steps for fidning how many Amps you have==-

1, Open up your case and look in the top left corner for the box.

2, looks at what wattage it says, it should be in somewhat bold letters such as "Maximum output 300Wats"

3, Now look at the small print on your power supply. You should see something along the lines of
"+12V ==== ##A" ( You want atleast 18 Amps on your 12V rail )


It depends what else is in the system.
300W may or may not be sufficient.

Use the following to determine if it is:
Power Supply Wattage configuration utility
http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalc...r.jsp#footnote3

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 04:50 PM

Well if h'es only running the basic stuff and no extra hardrives, no extra Optical drive, and no monster processor's, it should be sufficient.
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Posted 28 July 2006 - 06:17 PM

If he's running a commercially made computer such as a Dell or Hp or whatever, the power supplies that they include are minimal, especially in their lower end units.

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 06:45 PM

As I said before, I'm not gonna hold back my next machine, It wont be top-of-te-line by any standard. but it will be a gaming machine. **** dell lol

Edited by Scarlett, 24 September 2006 - 10:27 AM.





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