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Originally Posted by kingofdacourt93 View Post
I prefer sticking to Nvidia since I know those cards so well.

And Acoma Andy, 9600gt cards need 26A...
I seriously doubt a 9600GT would kill your PSU.
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post #22 of 64
You will be absolutely fine with ANY 8600GTS or 8600GT on that PSU.
256mb will be sufficient, its core speed rather than total memory that dictates the cards performance.
I would go for the evga 8600GTS.

Acoma is also right (ish) ... provided your PSU is still in good shape you would be fine with a 9600gt.
post #23 of 64
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
I'll say it again:
Neither of those cores really has sufficient horsepower to make 512MB have much practical value.

I'm referring the 8600GT and 8600GTS. I have NO IDEA why anybody is even bringing UP higher-end cards, they are out of the OP's price range and power supply capabilities.

The monitor size is irrelevant to the above equation.

And mfg specs not withstanding, I would frankly be SHOCKED if one could not run ANY 8600GT (256/512) on an 18A 12V rail, especially since we're talking single-core CPU. After further considering my earlier rec, the GTS on the other hand, may not be happy with that amount of juice. Plus it requires a 6-pin connector (if my memory serves) which a PSU with 18A single 12V rail would not be likely to have.

So ... 8600GT 256MB is my recommendation. And start saving for a new PSU. Chances are you have one of the OLD PSU's that were designed in the days when the CPU used to run on the 5V rail ... tell me, what is the 5V rail rated at? If it's like 25A+, I can tell you with certainty that it's NOT really a proper power supply for an A64 or anything that's come out since ...
Long answer but very useful.
First off, to clear up my power supply it is ULTRA X-Finity 500W, 5v has 30A and 12v1 has 16A and 12v2 has 18A.
I also see your drift since the rest of my CPU is very weak (single core 3500+, small HD, etc)
And I also think the 8600GT 256MB is a great choice since its only $60.

OK I guess you're right about the 512MB. Right now it costs an extra $20 vs. 256, but If i can get it on sale for only $10 more, should I get it. I probably won't be upgrading my card anytime soon after this so I want to make the right choice
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post #24 of 64
You dont need 26a on a single rail. Its the total number, and your psu has 34a. 512 mb is more futureproof, especially if you game on higher then a 17" monitor
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post #25 of 64
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... a 9600 wouldn't kill my PSU, my PSU would kill it by starving it.

THe only thing I am afraid about is buying the GTS and if it does not work with my PSU I will not be able to return it.
I think I'll call EVGA and see if they'll exchange it for me with the correct pricing if i have to exchange it for a GT.
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Originally Posted by jaclipse View Post
You dont need 26a on a single rail. Its the total number, and your psu has 34a
WAIT SAY WHAT!!!!!! SO ITS THE COMBO OF BOTH RAILS??????? PLEASE CONFIRM THAT HE'S RIGHT BEFORE I JUMP OUT OF THE WINDOW FOR JOY
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post #27 of 64
I'm really sure an 8600GTS will be fine. I ran a heavily overclocked 8600gt with my sig rig on an 18a single rail 300w PSU. It will be fine
EDIT: it isn't the combo of rails....its not quite that simple. Its the total sustained max amps on the total 12v output which will be a bit less - something like 25a.
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WAIT SAY WHAT!!!!!! SO ITS THE COMBO OF BOTH RAILS??????? PLEASE CONFIRM THAT HE'S RIGHT BEFORE I JUMP OUT OF THE WINDOW FOR JOY
I can't confirm he's right, but I can say that I've seen higher-end cards run on much weaker PSUs.
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post #29 of 64
Well, I can tell you that I have a 500w PSU (NZXT..not the best) with 16A on one rail and 17A on the second rail and I can run my system with my 8800GTS G92 card just fine. Before my G92 card, I had a 8800GTS 640Mb G80 card and that ran fine with my PSU also. Your PSU has 1 more Amp on both rails, so I think you should be just fine if you get that 8800GTS card you were looking at.
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Well, I can tell you that I have a 500w PSU (NZXT..not the best) with 16A on one rail and 17A on the second rail and I can run my system with my 8800GTS G92 card just fine. Before my G92 card, I had a 8800GTS 640Mb G80 card and that ran fine with my PSU also. Your PSU has 1 more Amp on both rails, so I think you should be just fine if you get that 8800GTS card you were looking at.
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