power supply

By Surkitz
Dec 7, 2006
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  1. so ive decided on upgrading to the 7800GS for my computer (meaning santa is going to give it to me) however, I recently learned im stuck with a 350w powersupply in my computer. The bfg site recommends 400watt minimum with a 12v-20A rail. Ive already been scrambling on newegg shopping around, but Im an agp user still, so how will i know which powersupply will run an agp card @400w or better with a 20A on 12v? the specifications on some of the ones they list are vague as far as what periphrials it can run. some say pci-e but none of the ones ive looked at say agp connector. price is somewhat of a factor here (obviously this is an outdated system so im not looking to break the bank on a powersupply. but the better quality is important i understand)
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Agp cards don't have any special power connectors on them and thats why you cant find one that says it does!!!!

    Any good quality 400watt psu should do you!!
  3. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    thanks :)...thats pretty much what i was looking for. (btw, why the yelling?)
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Thats not yelling!! Capslock is yelling!!!!:)
  5. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    right....

    capslock is yelling I know. You're just really excited then huh
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    My posts get noticed, thats the reason for it!!!!:)
  7. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    point taken.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,411   +281

    Except they shoudln't have been noticed this time :p The 7800 card in AGP form does indeed have a power connector on it, and it must be used. Also beware, that card is a monster, hopefully it will fit.
  9. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I didn't say it didn't have a power connector on it, i said it didn't have a special power connector on it!!!! If you see what i mean!!!!
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    AGP alone does not mean there is no additional power connector on it. I have a Radeon 9700 pro AGP on an older machine that has a power connector on it as well as on an AGP Radeon X1650 Pro I also have.

    Edit: I just saw your last post, Rik. What would be a special power connector?
  11. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I mean there are no special requirements for an agp card!!! As in, if it requires a power plug that any molex will do rather than needing a dedicated one with a different plud and/or thicker wires to carry the extra load that some high end pci-e cards require!!!
     
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Okay. But in the case of the 9700 pro and the X1650 Pro I mentioned, both use a small floppy drive type power connector, not a molex. So there are some exceptions. Of course, some power supplies come with more than one floppy power connector but some don't. The X1650 Pro came with a molex to floppy adapter if needed.
  13. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    why does the 7800GS require so much power. I mean, am i taking a chance if i buy a 400watt ps that has, say, an 18A rail? can i still use it with just 2A missing
  14. dmill89

    dmill89 TechSpot Guru Posts: 737

  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,411   +281

    Because its an awesome card. It is the best AGP card you can get.
  16. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    thanks for the help. i looked at a few of those fsp brands. too bad i have to have a fan that goes out the back end instead of the top as there is no opening on the top of the case for it.
  17. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    What looks like a top fan actually is the bottom fan. It sucks air out of your case and blows it out of the back of the psu. I assume the pics are like that merely to show the design. So nothing to worry about there.

    Regards Howard :)
  18. Surkitz

    Surkitz Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 171

    gotcha, well that takes a lot of stress off. its awful how long ive been in computers but never messed with a power supply until now.
     
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