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Will i be able to run this card with my dell powersupply

By ckfordy ยท 18 replies
Jul 10, 2006
  1. I am going to be getting this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814121554

    and i am wodering if my my dell powersupply is up to it. it has 305 watts and dual 12 v rails with 18 amps on each. will my powersupply be able to handle it or will my computer not bootup or constanty restart.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    That's going to be cutting it pretty close. There is a chance you may be OK, as that PSU has decent power on the 12v rails, but you are a little low in the watts. I see you also have a sound card installed... it's going to depend on how much other hardware you have in there.

    You can get a ballpark number here:
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    As Don said, it might work, but the fact remains that the stated requirements for that card call for a minimum of a 350 Watt power supply.
  4. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    It says 301 watts at 100% utilzation so i should be ok hopefully and ill be upgrading to a different one within a month or sooner if it doesnt work well.
  5. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    I would recomend an upgrade on thet powersupply but you should be ok for a while as long as you don't do any more upgrades untill you get a new PSU. Luckely your dell is new enough to have the hipro powersupply which is non-propritary so any upgrade will work.
    personally I would recomend this http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S36ATX
    it is verry good quality and gives you some extra power if you decide to do more upgrades.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The X1900 draws loads of power coz it's a high performance card. I would recommend getting a new PSU ASAP. It might screw up ur PC pretty badly. Even if it doesn't, u won't be able to play demanding games like BF2 without the PC restarting a couple of times. Other games will likely not cause it but never take chances I say.
  7. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

  8. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

  9. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I like the one i posted alot better cause it has 3 12 v rails and that totals up to 52 amps. the pc power and cooling one only has a single rail and the enermax has dual rails equaling 38 amps and has more watts then either of the ones and i still think the one i chose is better and i think the brand is ok. but if you can find a better one that is in the same price range or cheaper then ill consider it.
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Antec PSU's are of superior quality. I recommend them coz I've used one for 3 years(upgraded only about 2-4 months back) and it's never let me down. They are affordable on newegg too.Try this one.
    P.S. - More amps doesn't mean a better product. The XClio seems too expensive and it's not well known as such. Quality supplies include ones by Antec, Thermaltake and Fortron FSP. The Antec above has very good reviews and it is more cheaper and more reliable than all the others posted so far IMO.
  11. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

  12. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

  13. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

  14. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    I'm not a big fan of the PSU you sleceted, I think you should get a more well-know brand name PSU like Emernax, Antec, Fortron, and even a theremaltake would be better then the one you have.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yeah check out the Antec I posted it's a for the same price and much more reliable. Plus it's got a whole lot of good user reviews which explains its popularity and reliability.
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  17. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Well i already ordered the system and i got the powersupply i listed. I have no idea why you dont like the powersupply i have listed it has more amps and more wattage then the antec one and its gotten good reviews it seems like you guys dont trust brands or dont do your research cause hipro is a good brand. Thank You for your help.
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    As I said before, more amps means nothing if the PSU actually doesn't output them in practical life. U say it has good reviews well u must have overlooked the number of reviews. The Antec has far more reviews than the HiPro. And it would've cost the same anyways but upto u in the end.
  19. ckfordy

    ckfordy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Ya i know it has more reviews but i am hoping the hipro is a good powersupply and can power my stuff good. i would have gone with the antec if i would have seen that before i ordered it. thanks for you help and ill post back and tell you how good and reliable the powersupply is if it is.
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