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07-18-2006 12:36 AM  14 years ago
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EvoFlight50

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Video Card question
i just bought a video card for my computer and didnt realize it said on the side "250 watt power supply or greater recommended" ... well my power supply in my computer is 200 watts max output ... will it damage the video card if i still use it ?
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07-18-2006 03:06 AM  14 years ago
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This is very iffy. The worst thing that SHOULD happen is your computer will either become unstable or your power supply will just power off. What kind of computer do you have? Most propriatery computers such as Dells, Compaqs, HPs, etc. power supply's do not acutally output the power that they state. So that 200 in a Dell is probably more around 180 depending on hardware and voltage drops. It also depends on what other hardware your computer is running. If you have an older machine(200watts im guessing you do) and are just running a P3 or less with a single optical and hard disk you should be fine.

And honestly if you looking for a nice running machine, you should just buy and nice power supply like an antec or thermaltake. Not only will it give you piece of mind, but nicer power supplies have less noice which makes comps run smoother and more stable. Also cheap power supplies are known to fail usually within 5 years, mainly the caps, and will usually take the rest of the comp with them.
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07-18-2006 03:14 AM  14 years ago
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i have a dell thats about 2 years old ... im running a pentium 4 ... all i have thats running off the power supply is basically all the stock stuff and a dvd burner ... i guess ill just get a new power supply ... i was looking online and i saw ones 400 watts and over for around $50-$60 and not chance it
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07-18-2006 03:18 AM  14 years ago
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My brother bought a cheapy case with a "400" watt power supply and lots of fans and lights. He put a Asus A8v, 3400+ AMD64, 1g ram, 6800gt,Sony DVD burner,Sound Blaster card. He had two video cards go bad before he bought a good quality power supply. No problems now. I have the about same setup, except I bought an Enermax 465 watt with PFC. Expect to pay arond $100.
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07-18-2006 03:19 AM  14 years ago
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A good power supply is the wisest investment you can make on a PC. In all the years Iv been building PCs, power supplies are the #2 most probablematic, second place to hard drives. Just make sure you buy a good brand and something that is reliable. I personaly only buy thermaltake supplies because they are quiet and I have found them to be very stable. But Antec, Fortron, and Asus are reliable brands as well. I suggest purchasing one from http://www.newegg.com, with one that has good reviews.

DOCLOC, $100 supply for that computer is overkill. Im running a 420 watt Thermaltake, although it came with the case, it costs around $50 is more then satisfactory for my comp. My computer runs larger hardware then EvoFlight50s so I think he should be alright with something cheaper as long as he does his homework.
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07-18-2006 03:39 AM  14 years ago
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i was looking at an Antec 450 watt for $65.00 ... stupid question but how do i know that it will fit in my computer? ... just take the old one out and measure the dimensions ? or are they all a standard size? ... changing a power supply is about the only thing i havent done on a computer
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07-18-2006 04:10 AM  14 years ago
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The standard for computer cases now are ATx size power supplies. Generally ATx take atx power supplies which is the standard. However, Dell makes there own propriatery cases. So such computers like the Optiplex series will not be able to take a standard power supply. If you have a starndard sized tower then chances are it will take an ATX power supply. But I would measure to make sure, if all else fail you can just send it back.
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07-18-2006 08:17 AM  14 years ago
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i have a friend who fried both his power supply AND somehow managed to screw up the video card.
my Card (Geforce 6600) need a min of 350Watts. so i went and got a 450Watt power supply just to be safe. i baught mine for $40 brand new (for $5 more i could have gotten 500W, but meh), dual fans, its a very nice unit for the price. i got mine from a computer factory outlet. i have been running it since last november when i got the card with the only issue being that one of the fans went bad, swapped it with an even better one and havn't touched it since.
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07-19-2006 01:26 AM  14 years ago
EvoFlight50

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thanks for all the help and advice ... i ended up buying an Antec 450 watt power supply for $69.00 .... im about to try to install it right now ... the width and hight are the same ... the depth of the new power supply is 1/2" deeper but i have the room to fit that ...

the only difference is the mounting holes ... two of them look like they might fit and the other two im going to have to make my own holes on the back of the case which wont be a problem b/c its all open ... ill let you know if i can get this thing mounted ... im not leaving my cave until i do!
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07-19-2006 01:38 AM  14 years ago
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Well if your case is a standard atx format it should fit with ease. Most psu's have more tan 4 holes, so you can use the holes u need to fit.Sammy
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07-19-2006 01:59 AM  14 years ago
EvoFlight50

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well i was wrong ... fit like a glove and all the holes lined up ... now im just waiting for smoke to start shooting out the back ... now lets see if i can get this video card to work

i heard its a pain in the ass to get a new video card to work when you have an integrated video card on your computer ... time for round 2
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07-19-2006 02:16 AM  14 years ago
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It isnt if you know what your doing. That Dell BIOS might be rather difficult to use tho. Just make sure you disable the intergrated graphics and aren't trying to run two cards at once.
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07-19-2006 02:51 AM  14 years ago
EvoFlight50

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that was easy ... i just unistalled the driver for the integrated video and then disabled the hardware in the device manager ... and the new video card is shooting out all the video now ... im going to try out flight simulator and see if there's a difference
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07-19-2006 03:14 AM  14 years ago
SuperCobra

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Dont forget to install the latest driver for your card. Is it an nvidea or an ati actully what card is it?Sammy
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