PC Power Consumption

  Crazygeorge3 00:07 18 May 07

I have a HP media cenre pc, and i am looking to upgrade the graphics card. I want to upgrade to Geforce 8800GTS 640, which i hear consumes a lot of power. I briefly opened up my pc to have a look at the PSU, and it is a standard 300w. Would this be enough for the 8800GTS regardless of the 400w reco.?. I am curious because i do not think an 8800gts is going to consume that much more than my current video card. My specs are:
Amd Athlon 64 3500+ (Socket AM2)
Asus Mobo
Geforce 7500LE (OEM HP Card, similar to an 7600GS)
I have my graphics card clocked at 615/915 if it makes a difference

you need a good quality psu with at least 20 amps on the rail that supplies the pci express slot, they are very greedy i have the gtx and a 530/560 hiper couldnt cope, and the manufactures tell me it wouldnt run a gts either, mines in a compaq case and you will probably need some extra cooling, i got an exhaust fan for less than a fiver.
the gts is just over 9 inches long and takes up 2 expansion slots, and it needs a far amount of free air around it.
basically they are monsters!

sorry, to answer your question, no. you need a very good 550 watt one or a run of the mill 600/700 one, it needs a direct 6pin pci express or 2 spare sata connectors

  Sparkly 06:40 18 May 07

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  Crazygeorge3 18:49 18 May 07

ok guys, thanks very much

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