Questions concering a Power Supply

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  1. Armenius2410

    Armenius2410 New Member

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    I was curious if any Guru's around here could give me recommendations on graphics cards with the power supply and Computer I'm running. I just bought a Gateway GT5220 (1GIG RAM, AMD X2 3800+, Nvidia 6150LE Integrated Graphics) with a Bestec ATX 300-12E Power Supply (http://www.power-on.com/atx12vem300bt.html).

    From what I've read it's all about the Amps these days so here's the figures (from computer/previous link):
    300W Max Output
    +12V-15A
    +5V - 30A
    +3.3V-28A

    I was really hoping to snare a GeForce 7300 of some sort today. Thanks for the input! :)
     
  2. TheUser20

    TheUser20 OT Supporter

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    Well check the power supply recomendations on the 7300 at newegg.com, if it says it needs a larger power supply than a 300W get one else it will be ok, but never use a power supply that is less Watts than needed it can cause damage to your pc.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Get the biggest PSU you can afford to get. That way it will stay usable for longer (because computers just can't seem to ever use LESS power as they get faster), and the PSU isn't going to waste your electricity because it will only output the wattage that the computer actually needs.
     
  4. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    But don't buy just on watts either. A GOOD 400w PSU is likely to provide more (and more stable) current than a cheap 500w PSU. Look at the 12A+5A combined output (should be listed on the label) and stick to brand names like Antec or Enermax. No $20 600w PSU's please.
     
  5. XR250rdr

    XR250rdr OT Supporter

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    Except even if he could afford a PCP&C 1kW unit it would be a complete waste. For that computer an FSP 400W unit will work quite well and cost all of ~$30.
     

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