GeForce graphics card power needs.

  Klappers 17:52 07 Dec 2005

I have been looking at a GeForce FX5500 256MB AGP graphics card to replace my FX5200 128MB but i can't seem to find out what power supply it will require. This piece of info seems to be left out of the descriptions. I just wondered if anyone had this card or knew what wattage psu i needed. I currently have a 300W psu, but i don't know if this will be enough? Many thanks for your help.

  GaT7 17:59 07 Dec 2005

You should be OK with 300W. E.g., this PNY FX5500 requires a minimum of 250W click here & scroll down to MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS.

Check the Geforce FX5500 manufacturer's site to confirm. G

  Stuartli 18:00 07 Dec 2005

I have a GeForceFX 5200 and the manual states that a 300w supply (and preferably 350w) is required; I had to go out and buy a new PSU as a result.

However, for a short while I used the graphics card with a seven year old Enermax 100w PSU (it came with the case) and I didn't experience any problems; however I wasn't playing games or similar heavy demands.

  g0nvs 18:06 07 Dec 2005

300W MAY be ok, but what other devices are installed ? I think you could be sailing close to the wind with this power supply, esp if it is a no name one.

  Klappers 18:26 07 Dec 2005

Thanks for the advice. @g0nvs- by devices do you mean cd-rom drive etc? If so, i have a dvd rw, the cd-rom , floppy drive, and the graphics card, i think that would be all. I don't know who makes the psu ,but it has the words Super Red written on it and the letters NMB? Thanks

  g0nvs 19:56 07 Dec 2005

Your system devices do not seem excessive, but power supplies are quite cheap & easy to replace. Perhaps now would be a good time to think of fitting something more powerful, future proofing if you like.

  SG Atlantis® 20:02 07 Dec 2005

PC came with, 2 optical drives, 2 sata hdds, a built in card reader and a 256mb geforce 6200 turbo. The PSU is only 300W and I upped the RAM from 1gb to 2gb.

You will run the fx5500 perfectly fine.

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