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Power requirements of the X800 XT?

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Goodberry

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I know these cards have a molex connector because they require so much juice. At the moment I am running a generic 360 W PSU, would it be worth upgrading the PSU when I get the X800 XT graphics card?
 

3line

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Depends. 360 is fine if the 5v and 12v rails are strong. Otherwise, 400 is a safe bet. Do you know what the max 5v and 12v draw is for your system?
 
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Goodberry

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Unfortunately, I don't know. I bought the computer from Mesh and gradually replaced its innards, so I have no stats on the PSU. I think I'll risk it.
 

Mr.Guvernment

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no name @ all or anything on the side of the PSU or some tables showing some info ?

That asus mobo should be able to install the NVIDIA software that will tell you your cpu speed / fsb and i beleive all your voltages as well
 

Odie812

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If you aren't overclocking you might be okay. My only question is, are you sure you want to risk running/losing a $500 graphics processor (and the rest of your system, for that matter) on a generic PSU that may not have enough juice?

You can get a 430W Antec or a 530W Fortron source for about 70-75 clams at Newegg. I have the Fortron, and I can't imagine buying another PSU for at least a few years. My computer's never been more healthy. I'm glad I did, because even on my 9800Pro, the system felt better when I upgraded (from 400W Antec).

Bottom line is, while you may not need a new PSU, it is certainly a worthy investment not only to protect such a powerful video card, but your entire computer.

Best,

Odie :)
 

bobmanfoo

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it should be OK, unless its a real cheap-o, i was running my rig with a true330w fine, cpu was OCed and stable with the x800pro, the 330w was even good with my 6800GT...

edit: i just noticed you have an a64, so i retract my opinion above. buy a new psu either way, your rig is top of line, so it deserves a good PSU, you don't want a POS psu to FUBAR any of your equipment. i just got the new OCZ psu, and am very pleased with it, strong rails especially the [email protected], dedicated REMI shielded HDD and VGA molexes, adjustable rails, and supports BTX and PCI-e. so this should last me through this current rig, and at least through 2 more.

edit: ok need to put the pipe down, you have an xp3200+, so i go with my first opinion, although an upgrade wouldn't hurt, holler at me if you want an Antec true330w than im definite will push your rig fine,
 
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Goodberry

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Ah well, you only live once. OCUK have a special offer on Akasa 460 W PSUs atm. Will buy.
 

Yuriman

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I suggest going sparkle or fortron. I have a sparkle 350 power-q, and it handled my barton at 2.5ghz with 2 cd drives raid and a 9700 overclocked. The rails stayed within .1v at all times. If you spent $40 and got a 400 you would not be disapointed.
 

invisible hand

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I have a 550W antec true control and it has served me well. However, is it safe to have my X800 pro and my Swiftect pump on the same wire? or should I use another connector?