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Thread: PSU affect Vid Card performance?




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    I bought a 400W PSU for my 9800XT. I know this thing is a beast so is 400W enough?
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    Depends. If you were running with a bare motherboard and a video card, then it's be heaps. If you were running a couple HDDs, a couple optical drives and a handful of case fans, it should be ok. If you're got 4 soundcards, 18 case fans, 8 HDDs in RAID 5, a tower dedicated to CD / DVD burning with 20 burners in it and a USB cup warmer, then you could be in trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    Depends. If you were running with a bare motherboard and a video card, then it's be heaps. If you were running a couple HDDs, a couple optical drives and a handful of case fans, it should be ok. If you're got 4 soundcards, 18 case fans, 8 HDDs in RAID 5, a tower dedicated to CD / DVD burning with 20 burners in it and a USB cup warmer, then you could be in trouble.
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    It should be fine as long as its a good brand, what brand did ya buy?

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    It's the cup warmer that'd kill it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyck15
    Nah- overclock it till you can light your cigs off the heatsink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    Depends. If you were running with a bare motherboard and a video card, then it's be heaps. If you were running a couple HDDs, a couple optical drives and a handful of case fans, it should be ok. If you're got 4 soundcards, 18 case fans, 8 HDDs in RAID 5, a tower dedicated to CD / DVD burning with 20 burners in it and a USB cup warmer, then you could be in trouble.
    ouch...i'm going to assume the first part wasnt sarcastic.

    The card is an OEM ATI, and I have 2 120mm fans with one hard drive. I assume by the joking response that a 400W is more than enough. I only worry cause it seems like the standard PSU is around 500W now and I keep hearing about what a power hog the 9800XT is
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    It's like saying, is a 4hp motor enough to power my boat? :) You didn't tell me how big your 'boat' was, so I don't know if it's enough to power it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    It's like saying, is a 4hp motor enough to power my boat? :) You didn't tell me how big your 'boat' was, so I don't know if it's enough to power it...
    I jus read that a few times over and I have no idea if you answered my question or not :shrug:
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    Not only is the wattage the thing to worry about but the quality of the unit as well. Quality PSU's will likely peakout much higher than than rating but generic PSU's usually find it hard to live up to their's so what brand did ya get as not only video performance can be affected but the overclock potential and system stability as well.

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