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Topic # 68198 16-Sep-2010 18:19
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Can someone tell me if a 9800GT will run on a 320 Watt PSU ?

I need to know because I am planning to get a new graphics card 

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  Reply # 380795 16-Sep-2010 18:30
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Try a 450w and you should be closer to the mark.



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  Reply # 380797 16-Sep-2010 18:33
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Whats a graphics card that can run games high that will run on a 320 Watt PSU?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 380907 16-Sep-2010 21:43
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Depends what are the rest of the spec's of the machine (cpu, ram, motherboard, screen res eg 1680x1050 or 1920x1080)?

Also what games are you wanting to play? 

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  Reply # 380968 16-Sep-2010 23:37
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well said Ragnor and also check numbers on the psu and compare to the requirements normally they require certain amperage on the 12v rails.

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  Reply # 380970 16-Sep-2010 23:48
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You should upgrade your PSU - If you have got one of those cheap PSU's you will find that it won't actually be 350w but somewhere in the mark of 300w before things start getting flakey.




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  Reply # 380971 16-Sep-2010 23:59
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michaelmurfy is right though and specially under load and poor cooling the efficiency level normally drops.


good luck buying one is not only about wattage though do the research is one of the most important parts of your pc.

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  Reply # 380973 17-Sep-2010 00:08
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try ati - lower power cons. i'd say you'd sneak by with a 5770 (note: the advertised power cons is not the max)




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  Reply # 381228 17-Sep-2010 13:02
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Ragnor: Depends what are the rest of the spec's of the machine (cpu, ram, motherboard, screen res eg 1680x1050 or 1920x1080)?

Also what games are you wanting to play? 



Hey um thanks , Ive got LG 23 inch 1920x1080 .. 4GB Ram.. AMD Athlon X2 ..
Mobo is Gigabyte M61PME-S2P .

I want to upgrade so I can run Test Drive Unlimeted 2 which is comming out soon . Also
Im wanting to play COD MW2 or the new Black Ops thats comming out. Borderlands aswell
and Dirt 2 . Also something that would run Mafia 2 



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  Reply # 381232 17-Sep-2010 13:04
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joker97: try ati - lower power cons. i'd say you'd sneak by with a 5770 (note: the advertised power cons is not the max)


So will the 5770 run games and will it be better than a 9800GT ??
And also will it go on a 320Watt PSU ? 

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  Reply # 381485 17-Sep-2010 23:53
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9800GT is an old card and won't run new modern games on high settings at 1920x1080 with smooth good fps that well.

You really need to be looking at the Nvidia GTX 460 1GB or AMD/ATI Radeon 5850 1GB, however these are in the $400-500 range.  Also you will need to get a new PSU.

To be honest I would upgrade the CPU as this will hold you back alot too.






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  Reply # 381563 18-Sep-2010 10:28
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Ragnor: 9800GT is an old card and won't run new modern games on high settings at 1920x1080 with smooth good fps that well.

You really need to be looking at the Nvidia GTX 460 1GB or AMD/ATI Radeon 5850 1GB, however these are in the $400-500 range.  Also you will need to get a new PSU.

To be honest I would upgrade the CPU as this will hold you back alot too.






Ok , So I found a GTS 450 at a sweet price of 219 the price of a decent GTS 250.
What would you think of the DDR5 GTS 450 ?

Also. If I get that and a new PSU. Would I have to upgrade my DDR2 Mobo aswell ?
and would the CPU need upgrading aswell ? 

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  Reply # 381574 18-Sep-2010 10:57
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I have a 5770 running with 4GB Ram and a AMD 965. I use a 650w PSU and I havnt found a game that I cant run at maximum.
Like everyone else on this thread I highly suggest you get a more powerful PSU, it is a common component that many people overlook and wonder why their PC isn't running so well.

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  Reply # 381714 18-Sep-2010 21:56
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Yea I agree with what everyone else was saying. Go for a 5770 and around a 450W PSU with a decent amperage on the 12V rail, and if youre on a small budget, look at upgrading your CPU a little while later, but depending on the exact model you should be alright for games like MW2 and Black Ops.

Dont even bother with a 9800GT if youre wanting to play modern games as you'll end up having to upgrade your video card again really soon.

Ive got a 5750, 2GB of RAM, AMD Athlon X2 250 CPU and a 460W PSU and apart from Crysis Ive been able to play every game Ive come across at maxed out settings without any lag. My 5750 is definitly the most powerful part of my PC, while its bottlenecked by the RAM/ CPU.

Oh and you will have to upgrade your PSU if you get a 5770 because my PC used to be running on a 350W but i soon began getting major graphical problems with games once I had upgraded to a 5750. And it would probably end up damaging your system anyway.

Either way, if youre gonna be wanting to play games like MW2, Black Ops, Dirt 2 at 1920x1080 then youre definitly gonna have to upgrade your PSU and get something better than a 9800GT :)

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  Reply # 381716 18-Sep-2010 21:59
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oh and to answer your question, no you wouldnt have to upgrade your motherboard or RAM for a new PSU. What is the model of your CPU?

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  Reply # 381745 19-Sep-2010 01:20
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GammaRayz: Can someone tell me if a 9800GT will run on a 320 Watt PSU ?

I need to know because I am planning to get a new graphics card 


Despite what has been said it really depends on your computers wattage requirements.

You need to read up and add together the total wattage requirement on all your devices. This will tell you if it will work or not.

Depending on what you have it is definitely possible to run a 9800GT on a 320watt PSU.

Most computers (even with multiple HDD's) run at far less than 320 watts (despite most peoples beliefs).


If you are planning to expand the number of HDD's and add to your PC in the future i would recommend going for a bigger PSU anyway to give yourself more headroom.


As for the graphics card, a 9800GT will run those games easily. If you are getting it for a good price go for it. It is by no means a bad card, it will keep up with all of today's offerings.

The 5770 is only around 30% better but you pay quite a bit more for it. In price vs performance the 9800GT will most probably win out. Also realize as your system gets older it will start to cripple the card (it is by no means there yet) so jumping straight for the top of the line is not always a good thing.


In the end it comes down to what you want. If you want to play all games on max despite the extra cost a 5770 is for you but if you want to play games on high and get value for money it would be a much better idea to look at the 9800GT/other cheaper options (depending on the price). What i would not recommend though is spending $400+ on a GPU because it is definitely not good value for money at the moment.

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