8800GT and Power Supp.

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slvryaris
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Hello. I recently bought a Asus Cm1630-06 from Best Buy and I had an 8800GT in my old system and was curious since the stock power supply in this new rig is only 300 watts then a upgrade is going to be needed. I was curious if there any new/better graphics cards that are around 8800Gt specs and not $500 like back in the day an also what should I be looking for in a power supply other then wattage. The processor is an AMD Athlon II X2 220 and the chipset is AMD 780G I was curious if almost all motherboards now are 24+4 pin or if there are other differences in them since it ahs been a while since I have gamed on a pc. Im also adding 4 gb of DDR3 to give me 8 gb of DDR3.

Tivon
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Maybe a card like this. (GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

And a PSU like this. (CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

1 x Main connector (20+4Pin), This will work on a 20 or a 24 pin motherboard. I don't know of any 24 + 4's?? There is also a 1 x 12V(4/8Pin) and this can be 4 or 8.

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slvryaris
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Sorry I meant a 20+4. I haven't gamed on a pc in a while. I was just wanting something better then stock but enough to run some games ok. I will probably be playing Diablo III if it ever comes out. It can be a card that is a little less flashy then the 8800 GT. I was looking at the Nvidia 9500 GT since it looks like it has a lower wattage rating from the Newegg calculator. I was trying to get away from upgrading the power supply but wanted something to fit in the case easily without a hassle. I have an MSI turbo I used on an HP dual core athlon x2 5200+ but don't know if that would work with this rig thats why I was curious about almost all boards being the same, but some with 20 and some with 24 pinn connectors.

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Hard to say if the HP uses a standard PSU.

slvryaris
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817701003

Here is the power supply I have in my other rig. Could this one be used on the current PC I just bought?

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I don't know.. that one is a btx.

slvryaris
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Well that was in an Antec 900 case. The mobo looks like a 24 pin. So what do I need to look for when gettin a power supply for this case? Its not as big as the antec 900 case and its a top mount power supply and I looked at the side and the stock psu is 330 watts 380 max for 30 seconds. The stock psu doesn't have a six pin pci-e power anyway. What is the point of companies making these pcs so expandable and giving you a crappy power supply and is expandable to 16gb of ram.

slvryaris
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Does the ATX version matter in this case and what is a good supply that's not over the top expensive. All I am going to run is more RAM and that 8800GT OC and maybe upgrade to the newest equivalent. The ATX version is what I was curious on. I see now almost all of them are alike except some have the different versions on the ATX power supply and I didn't know which one I needed since it is a newer processor and DDR3 ram, and what wattage I needed to run that card. I was looking at this one but didn't know Antec's rep as a power supply company.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

hnkftalnot
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From Antec the Earthwatts and Truepower (IIRC) are pretty good, and affordable. Otherwise Corsair HX series or Seasonics, but the latter can be expensive. 500Watts is enough for midrange cards but may be cutting it close for power hungry cards like the GTX480. PSUs have ATX versions like 2.2 and 2.3 but that are just minor details, not sure what the difference is though.. And if the case fits ATX then an ATX PSU will surely fit.

By the way, a 9500 GT is NOT an upgrade over 8800 GT ! The 9800 is about the equivalent of the 8800, (same chip!) and then the GTS250 is also about the same chip but a little faster. So don't fall for just the 9 over the 8, it's not a better card if you already own a 8800GT.

slvryaris
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Thanks for the reply. Like isaid its been a while sincei did any graphics cards since those days of the 8*** series. I have no idea what their new numbering is in the cards. I also was looking at ATI cards but I didn't know if it would be worth getting something different or staying with the 8800gt OC.