Power supply question

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Bethrezen, Aug 30, 2005.

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  1. Bethrezen

    Bethrezen Registered Member

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    hi all

    I'm wondering if any one knows anything about this particular subject

    see currently I have a 64mb gforce 4 graphics card however being an avid gamer I feel that this really isn't powerful enough to play most of the current games a good example is x 2 this game turns in to a slide show in a fire fight with my current card and that's with the graphics turned down

    now where my quandary comes in is knowing if my power supply would be able to handle a more powerful graphics card because obviously the more powerful the card the more juice its going to draw

    and I was wondering if someone could help me work out if my power supply is going to be sufficient now I know just knowing the overall wattage of a supply isn't enough and there is a lil maths involved to work out the max load that a given supply can out put at any give voltage level but I don't really understand this so would someone be able to explain it simply
     
  2. passing thru

    passing thru Guest

    Try these online power supply calculators: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp and http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/.
     
  3. Close_Hauled

    Close_Hauled Registered Member

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    Thanks for that info. I am having the same concerns with my Intel D850GB. I just upgraded the processor from a 1.7 to a 2.8. Now I want to to upgrade my graphics card from a GeForce FX 5700 to a ATI X850 (been waiting for the X900, but where is it?). It is good to know that the extra 24 watts won't stress my power supply.

    BTW: Tom's Hardware just completed a stress test of several power supplies:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/200507111/index.html
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2005
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