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8800GT, how much power needed?

By JohnnyDollar
Oct 16, 2008
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  1. I was going to purchase a PNY 8800GT 512 GDDR3 256 bit graphics card but i wanted to make sure my computer could hanlde something like this. I have a dell 4700 motherboard
    P4 3.2 Ghz CPU
    1.75 gigs of RAM 1 gig(2x512)+512mb(1x512)+256MB (4 slots total)
    320 gig hard drive
    X-fi extreme gamer sound card
    480 watt power supply

    Is that enough power for that card on my system. I know that PCI-E 2.0 works on regular PCI-E so i dont need to worry about that, and i don't have a 6pin power connector for PCI-e but the card comes with a 6pin adapter for cables my power supply does have so that's good, but do i need more power or am i good, or just barely making it. I dont want to fry another card because i didn't have enough power.
  2. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 206

    I'm not familiar with Dell products, but just offhand, if your graphics card is in the $50 to $75 range, I think it should handle your power supply. I have a 550-watt Ultra power supply, a lower mid-range ASUS motherboard for $90, and a PNY 8000 Nvidia graphics card and everything's fine.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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