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Can my power supply run my new video card?

Q: Can my power supply run my new video card?

Hi all. I just bought a graphics card that needs 350 watts and +12v with 20 amps to run. My power supply has to following output:

+5V 22A MAx -12V 1A max
+5V (FP) 2A Max +3.3V 17A max
+12VA 18A max +12VB 18A max

combined power on +12VA and +12VB rails must not exceed 360 watts

Total combined power must not exceed 375 watts

Can it run the card?
Thanks all.

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A: Can my power supply run my new video card?

Hi, could you please post a little more detail.
Instead of saying graphics card, it would help if you said the actual graphics card.
Instead of power supply, you could say what power supply you have.
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A:Power Supply/Video Card?

The vid card you selected sounds like a decent choice.

Yes you will need a new powersupply (PSU). Your PSU has only 300w total and 19A on the 12v rail. Besides Bestec PSUs are garbage anyway.

Here are some suggestions. PC Power & Cooling makes the best PSUs out there but they are a little pricey.However a PCP&C PSU will likely outlast everything else in your system.
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Anyway, I understand the minimum power requirement for the 5500 is 250 watts, and I believe that is what my computer has.

My question is this. Does "minimum requirements" mean the same thing with PSU's as with games? With games, the minimum requirement is just to get you chugging along at a crawl. I hope this isn't going to happen with a video card.

Also, if I decided to upgrade to a much higher wattage PSU, would that effect my electricity bill very much? :angel:

Any replies are appreciated.

A:Power Supply for Video Card

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

No the power usage should be a negligible difference.
Unless you were to get a 1500 watt psu. (which I'm not sure exist)

The differences will be the video and stability of whole system.
Min. req. tends to mean," just enuff to get by on lowest settings."

There are lots of good PSU's around, high to mid range in price.
plus allow you to add additional cooling should want.

How many devices do you have?
hdd's etc.
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A:Power Supply for New Video Card

The required wattage is nothing to do with the voltages. Its the spec for your power supply (psu) that needs to be checked. If u open your case up and look at the psu, it should have a sticker on it that states its maximum wattage. If its less than 350watts then u will need a new one.
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A:Is it my video card or power supply?

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A:Need help with this video card and power supply

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thanks in advance

-Teh Delf

A:This Power supply enough for this video card?

It all depends on the quality of the PSU you go for, im no expert but it may not be enough amps on the rail. Im currently running a similar card (Gainward BLISS 7800GS which is 7800GT with an AGP bridge) on a 2 year old 360watt PSU and I have no problems.
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A:video card and power supply

Well it depends on the other components in your PC, as they all use it too. I would say anything over 400W should do the job fine though. Someone else may be able to back this up?
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A:Can a video card fry a power supply?

The video card will only blow a power supply if it tries to draw more power than the supply can handle, so simply test it with a psu with a high power rating (I usually burrow my m8s gaming machine to test components)
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A:Power Supply or Video Card?

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A:New Power Supply & Video Card

I'd restore the machine to the original configuration and see if you can get that working first.
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A:Do I Need A New Power Supply For A New Video Card??

Im no pro but...

I believe that a powerfull processor like your needs about 100watts of power to run. Every 128megs of ram = something like 15watts, and your cd drives are about 30 each. A powerfull video card can run in the range of 100 watts as well. So, you do the math. It's time for your new power supply as well. You should at least have a 300watt but, with your processor i would even go to a 400 watt. Spend the extra 15 bucks, might save you a big headache in the end.
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A:Upgrading video card and power supply

What's the model of the HP machine?

I ask in the hope that it's not a small form factor machine. That would determine whether or not its PSU could be replaced with a standard ATX supply, and whether it could take a full-sized graphics card rather than half height. (Card length is another issue, at the high end.)

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A:Need Video card for 250W power supply

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A:Video card problem or power supply???

Well in a nut shell your power supply is way to small for that card.. Did some quick figuring i got 248watts for a answer there abouts ...I would think about getting a bigger powersupply like a 420w power supply..

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I got it to upgrade my HP d4996t from 350W to 460W … that comes in the d5000t and newer.
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A:Power Supply / Video Card Question


PSUs can be very confusing... the Important amps you need to know are on the +12v rail (rails)... now that Corsiar 620w PSU has three rails marked at 18a each.. so you might think.. "oh I have a total of 54amps.. becuase there are three rails at 18amps each.. right?"

Nope.... that just means that each individual rail is rated for a maximuim of 18amps each.. thats thier limit lets say.

If you look at the sticker on the side of the power supply, you can see that the 620w is divieded between all the different rails. the +3.3v & +5v have 170w dedicated to them.. the three +12v rails have 430w deidcated to them, and the -12v & +5vsb have the remaining 20w dedicated to them.

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A:Solved: Video Card and Power Supply

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Will be pointless even considering a new midrange GPU if your CPU is just going to bottleneck.
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A:Upgrade Dell XPS 420 video card and power supply

gchfamily said:

Heard from others that my CPU will be a bottleneck for newer Video Cards so I honestly dont know where to start. Not sure how to figure if 1 video card is better than another one.Click to expand...

Maybe so but that shouldn't stop you from getting a better GPU than the one you currently have. Depending on the game you play (non-CPU dependent) there will be plenty of GPU upgrade room with a Q6600.

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A:Power-Supply & Video Card Upgrade difficulties

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Go HERE for a handy power supply wattage calculator.

Also, go HERE for a great article on psu`s.

Your final question regarding your dvd drives. I don`t think it will make any difference to your performance.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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Good to know. Thanks for posting this.
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A:Solved: Question about connecting power supply to video card.

I can answer the plug you don't recognize part for you. It is a Floppy drive Power Plug. Did your PSU come with a manual?
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A:Upgrade video graphics card and power supply for HP p7-1423w...

@ntvedt?, welcome to the forum.ntvedt wrote:I downloaded the online game Overwatch but it crashes on my HP Pavilion p7-1423w desktop pc. I want to upgrade the video graphics card and power supply but need to know if the following devices are compatible with my desktop pc. I want to upgrade to the NVIDIA GE Force   GTX 660 video graphics card.  Is this compatible with my HP Pavilion p7-1423w desktop pc  Yes, this video card should be compatible with your motherboard.  You can choose a manufacturer and contact their Tech Support for help with choosing the best card for your system.  I like EVGA.  Their Tech Support (1-888-881-3842) is very helpful. I also want to upgrade to a 520 Watt or 450 Watt power supply.   What brand and what is the highest wattage is compatible with my HP Pavilion p7-1423w desktop pc?  There is no actual maximum PSU that will work in your computer.  The computer will only use the amount of wattage that is required to run it properly.  The extra wattage is used during peak power needs.  I suggest that you buy a PSU with at least 500W.  I like Corsair products.  A modular PSU is good in smaller cases.  They allow you to use only the cables that are absolutely necessary.  This makes for better airflow.In other words, what is the latest version of a NVIDIA or AMD Radeon HD card highest Watt power supply can I upgrade to that is compatible with my HP?  See my answers above. Thanks.Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.
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A:Having problems with upgrading Video Card and possibly power supply.

I take it the existing 6150SE is an integrated card (part of the motherboard rather than a card that can be removed)?

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How big is the case, you may find you are limited by the physical size available inside and may have to opt for a low profile card. If so, this in turn will limit what is available to you.

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Price around $125.-/?100.-

Matrox G55MDDAP32DB
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First get a good quality psu from Enermax/Antec etc about 400w to 450w should be fine.

The name of the game here is quality not quantity as your videocard will be power hungry.

Secondly it is possible that your videocard has suffered damage due to your old psu blowing.

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Something like this is what I mean

Regards Howard
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A:Power supply or graphics card?

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A:graphics card power supply

You DEFINITELY need to use the power connector. It is not optional. That is a high-end card that needs alot of juice to run. Just plug in a spare Molex connector from your power supply (same type that goes into a CD drive or hard drive). If you don't have a spare connector, use the splitter (aka: dongle) that came with your card and run it from one of your other connectors.

BTW - enjoy that card!
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A:external power supply for v-card

What Video Card are you talking about? It may be a bit much for that system, you might want to get something a little more matched to the system.

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A:Bad Memory Card? or Power Supply?

The only way to know for sure is to put a new PS in and try it! You can get some good ones for around $30 bucks -
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I am thinking of ordering this card after my 8600Gt died a few days ago. Will a Arctic Power 500W PSU be enough to run it? The reat of my specs are:

AMD Athlon x2 6000+
2.5gb RAM

Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI Dual slot cooler HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer

A:Graphics card power supply

Hi ToonArmy,

Here is the official system requirements for the HD 4850 graphics card. Note the power requirement. You should be OK with your existing PSU, however you will be running fairly near its maximum rating with very little room, if any, for further system expansion. I suggest that you upgrade your PSU to at least 650 Watts.

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I have a M11BB Desktop from ASUS:
And was wondering if this graphics card
Would fit, And if I also added
Would the power supply fit so the graphics card could work with my computer?

A:Graphics card and Power supply

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