7950GT Can my pc handle it?

By EsTeBaNo · 20 replies
Feb 27, 2007
  1. Hello! Im going to buy Geforce7950GT but can my pc handle it? also is it a nice video card?
    Thanks a lot!!
    Edit: Forgot pc specs xD Sorry!

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  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Yes, should be fine. But we need the specs of your PSU. You can find this on the side of the power supply inside the case. We need to know the wattage of the PSU and the number of A on the 12V rail(s)
  3. sc0rchedst0rm

    sc0rchedst0rm TS Rookie

    I have a question on the same topic. My PSU has an 8 amp rating on the 12 volt rail. Would I be able to run an nVidia 8800 GTS?
  4. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    NO. 8 amps on the 12V rail is beyond terrible. Most good PSUs have about 34+ on the 12V rail or sometimes less if they have more than one rail.
  5. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Ok this is what i've found.

    AC Input (47-63Hz) : 100-127V/8A

    DC OUTPUT: +5V ---/25A , +12V---/19A
    +3.3V --- /18A , -12V ---/0.8A
    +5VSB ---/2A

    +5V & +3.3V SHALL NOT EXCEED 175W
    +5V & +12V SHALL NOT EXCEED 268W
    I Have a Nvidia 7300 and it also requires a 350W power supply and it works more than fine.
    So is it good or bad :)?
  6. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    I definitely wouldn't try to run a 7950GT on a 300W PSU.

    If you want the new card, you're going to have to upgrade your PSU.
  7. sc0rchedst0rm

    sc0rchedst0rm TS Rookie

    Right, I've all but confirmed I'll need a new power supply if I want a hope in hell of running... anything. I did notice that I seem to have two +12V lines, an 8 amp and a 14 amp, but my maximum output power seems to be about the same as EsTeBaNo's. The graphics cards I have been looking at (GeForce 8800 GTS) seem to recommend in the regions of 500 - 600 Watts, or so I gather.

    So, should I go with Enermax? I understand from doing some research they're reputable. I've been looking at this one. Would that be suitable for my needs? I have Core 2 Duo E6300, 1gb 533mhz RAM, 250gb hard drive, Realtek integrated soundcard... Unfortunately I have no idea of the brands on anything except the Sound Card... I only got this computer on Saturday.

    -edit EVEREST seems to be reporting my motherboard as a Packard Bell BV Cuba MS-7301, but that could be me just misreading it. I'm pretty new at this.
  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    That power supply is a name I have never heard. May I suggest either a Thermaltake or an Antec power supply, which are very well know. If your looking at an 8800GTS, you want something very powerful. Also note that the total amperage are the two +12V rails combined, making yours 22A, which would not run higher-end cards.
  9. sc0rchedst0rm

    sc0rchedst0rm TS Rookie

    If this is the case, how about an Antec TruePower Trio 650W ATX PSU. Its even marginally cheaper than the Enermax one...
  10. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    I just checked and the 7300 takes the same 330w right?
    i have it and it not causing any trouble
  11. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    This PSU costs a fair sum but it should never let you down. Its also made by a well known company OCZ. Plus its for gaming cards like the 7950 GT.


    EDIT: If you haven't ordered the video card yet, may I reccomend one? Since you want a GeForce 7 card I will reccomend one that gives very similar performance but has a better price value. It is called the GeForce 7900 GS. It has very similar performance but for a lower price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130056
  12. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    If you're talking about Enermax... they are one of the better PSU companies.
  13. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Wow, i appreciate it very much! But i already paid for the card x) guess ill have to check for a new PSU!
  14. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Mire a la cuesta y grito :D...pero es el Peso ;) . Veo que hablas en español, sí? No conozco esa compañía bueno, pero los miembros hablaré a veces :D...


    El/La (PSU) solamente tiene 19a en el +12V Rail y este no es bueno. No lo puede tomarlo.
  16. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Errm... translation please.
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    He speaks Spanish....so I spoke to him in Spanish.
  18. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    Hmm its working very good, i already bought it, picked it up and installed it.
    Im not getting that nvidia sentinel message anymore!
    Its working pretty fine!
    Muchas Gracias :D
  19. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    I know he speaks Spanish, but nobody else will be able to properly answer now, because we have no idea what you said.
  20. EsTeBaNo

    EsTeBaNo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 84

    I Think this is what he said, im not very surel cause it looks like if he used a translator. or maybe he didnt? No offense :D:

    I Looked at the price and screamed, i can see you talk spanish, right? I dont know that company very well. (Couldn't understand the next sentence)

    The Psu only has 19a in the +12V Rail and that isnt good, it wont handle the card.

    Anyways, its working pretty fine, im not getting that Nvidia Sentinel message anymore! :D
  21. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I acutally didn't use a translator :D...I still need to learn some new computer vocab ;)

    I said,

    "I looked at the price and screamed :D...but it's the peso ;). I see that you speak spanish (subjunctive?), yes? I don't know that company well, but the members shall/will speak soon.

    The PSU only has 19A on the +12V rail and this is not good. It can't take it (the videocard).
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