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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.
REP + and thank you very much.
I just called EVGA and they said it does not really matter how many amps i have, just as long as i plug the power directly into the card so now I need to decide which card to get. I'm looking at 8800s now
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IMHO, purchasing a high end graphics card would be a good investment if you plan on upgrading your other hardware down the road. Dual core systems are affordable these days so your most likely going to upgrade sooner or later right?

If you want to upgrade your psu, you might want to consider the Corsair HX520W. You can purchase it for $79.99 after mail in rebate and Google checkout. I ordered my HX620W on the 7th and received it today!
post #33 of 64
OHHHHHH ...

I thought you were saying you had ONE 12V rail at 18A only.

Shoot, yeah, your totally golden with any 8600 ... in fact you could probably run an 8800GTS without a problem. Look at my sig rig, for example ... Dual core, massive overclocks, 3 hard drives (1 SCSI) ... and it runs just fine on 15A+15A (25A total).

But again, either card, single, in the 512MB format will have extremely limited practical usefulness. Now, if we were talking SLI, with 2xMax OC'd 8600GTS cards ... that might be different. But single card? I'd go with 256 w/o a doubt. Although if the diff is only $10 and all other things are equal ... maybe ... naaaahhhhh. I'd still get the 256 cause I know I'd never SLI two 8600's ... myself ...

But if you can find a 9600GT you can afford ... that'd be the best way to go IMHO.
    
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post #34 of 64
Allright, how about this card then:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130333

$109 after $30 MIR, seems like a good deal. It had to be below $125 right?
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Ok I just got off the phone with EVGA and here's basically what they said ... I should be able to run as high as an 8800GTS but I should try to upgrade the PSU if i get a chance. They also said If i fry my card by starving it from power, they could help me get a downgrade or something so now I'm confident in buying an 8800 series card.

Since I'm getting a higher GPU I want to get a card with less than 512MB just to stay safe with the PSU. There are SO many cards to look at so if anybody has a good recommendation please tell me.

So far by best deal is an 8800GTS w/320MB for only $115 on newegg.
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I would probably go with that 8800gts 320mb card. Like I said, I could run the 640mb gts on my PSU fine, so you should have no problem with the 320mb version. If you can manage a little more cash, I would probably suggest a 8800gt or 9600gt card.
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post #37 of 64
Like someone else has already told you, the amount of memory has next to no impact on the amount of juice your card will draw.

When you start getting into the 8/9000 series you WANT 512MB of RAM, trust me on that. Esp. if you wanna get a 22" monitor and play at 1680x1050 (which you will).

The 320MB 8800GTS is a fine card, but ... I'd still be looking at a 9600GT if I was you. It's a bit faster across the board, and at 1680x1050 it's likely to be a LOT faster in a good number of newer games.
    
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post #38 of 64
I would also go for the 9600GT...It scales well. It should also last you better. Well worth the extra IMHO. The 8800gt 512mb would be the best card for you but thats kinda alot out of your budget. I can also confirm meme has NO impact on voltage/amp draw.
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Theres a 3850 in the for sale section.http://www.overclock.net/sale/317715...850-512mb.html I guarantee you this will anihillate any 8600 series card
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I prefer sticking to Nvidia since I know those cards so well.

And Acoma Andy, 9600gt cards need 26A...
Having had both these card I know the 3850 is about twice as fast as a 8600GTS and consuming about as much. I have a 3850 and I had a highly OCed 8600GT (scored higher than GTS), that's way I'm allowing myself to suggest this ATI card. The difference is simply to big not to notice (and I mean naked eye notice, not 500 points in 3DMark).

Hope it helps.
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Ok so if power consumption has no affect then I'm looking for 512mb, if my budget allows it.
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