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Need help to find out if system can support graphics card.

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Rhamhoy, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Rhamhoy

    Rhamhoy Member

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    I'm thinking about buying this graphics card.

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.aspx?sku=334545&view=detailed

    Gainward GeForce 8500GT 256MB DDR2, PCI-Express, DVI/Tv-Out, SilentFX
    The problem is i'm not great on the hardware side of things and i'm unsure as to whether my system would support. I think my computer is PCI-Express because when I used the crucial system scanner that's what it reccomended, a PCI-Express card that is. I also have this link
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...e=c00587146&cc=uk&lc=en&dlc=en&dlc=en&lang=en
    which is the product specification of my computer. The only difference is that i'm running Vista and I have 1.5GB of RAM. I don't know how to check my power supply. When I look at the back of my computer it just says 230V and the card requires a 300W power supply. Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. gtjr_ph

    gtjr_ph Regular member

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    find out if your psu is 300watts , there is a sticker on its side, you have to open the case.
     
  3. Rhamhoy

    Rhamhoy Member

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    I checked it, it's 250 Watts but I did read a customer review where a guy was running it with a 250 watt power supply and was playing FEAR and Quake 4 no problems so I ordered it. Might have to get a stronger power supply at some point though. Thanks very much for the help.
     
  4. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    It all comes down to what else is in the PC (which CPU, how many hard disks etc.) and how good the PC is. a Half decent 250W PSU can run an 8500GT fine with an Athlon64 and and a few hard disks. A Pentium 4 Prescott or Pentium D and you'll struggle to run anything more than integrated graphics.
     

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