Originally Posted by shinji2k
Admittedly I only skimmed the thread so I missed that bit. The 9800GX2 probably draws 20-30W more than a 6950, but if it shutting down with that it may not even be a 500W. It's just seems odd to me that it made it shut down due to overloading. I can't keep up with the speed of the replies in this thread so I don't know what the OP has decided, but if it can't handle the 9800gx2, I would only run the 6950 on it temporarily and hopefully buy a PSU that can actually do 500-550W.
Thank you, and that is what I stated from the beginning
. Although I still think he'd be better off buying something like the Neo ECO 620 for $50 and buying a $250 GPU instead.....just what I would do personally I guess.
Originally Posted by TwoCables
Ok fine. Then I recommend that he gets the 5770.
Or, I know: how about the 5450?
I mean, this is thread is showing me the most paranoid reaction I have ever seen here on OCN over someone wanting to upgrade their graphics card on a PSU that is more or less just a basically ok PSU, and not something like a freakin' TruePower New or better.
You're blowing this WAAAAY out of proportion. The Coolmax units are garbage, period. This is why I reacted the way I did, and this is why others have stated it won't work correctly either.
If you notice, I clearly stated it will work just fine for a few months until he gets a new unit. But he NEEDS to back everything (including CPU and memory) down to stock or lower to keep it from dying. And he will NEED to upgrade his PSU very soon in the future.
If he can do that, great. If not, get a new PSU now and a 6870. It wouldn't be sacrificing all that much raw power, and he would have an absolutely solid PSU to build up from later.