Hi there, I'm a bit simple when it comes to PC specs and technical bits, I have been trying to upgrade my PC over the past few months and need advice on which Graphics card I could get. I am looking at the ATI Radeon HD 3850 link:
My question is: As I only have a 400w PSU will this be enough to power this card sufficently? If not what card would you recommend for me without changing my PSU, for all round gaming and movie watching. If I have to upgrade my PSU what would you recommend?
My other specs if it helps, are:
ecs 945P-A motherboard ver.3 Pentium D 935 2x3.2Ghz 4gb DDR2 Memory 667 Vista Home Premium 32bit 250gb Maxtor HD 7200 + 400GB Seagate external HD 7200
Would really appreciate anyones help on this Cheers Stewart
Did a quick google search click here= and it appears the minimum for this card is 450 watts. So it might work but personally I wouldn't chance it as even if it did work, and thats doubtful it probably would be working at full pelt all the time.
An 8600gt needs 350w so thats ok and a 8800GT which is above your price range needs a 400 watt so it should be ok.
These are just guides and really it depends on how good your power supply is. If its a branded 400 watt then it would be fine with the 8800GT if its not a branded one then I wouldn't chance it.
Personally I cannot advise on ATI cards at all as I prefer Nvidia and have kind of lost track of the ATI cards but Toms Hardware will have a review of it and you can see what it compares to and then see what will run on your power supply.
The hd 3850 requires a 450w psu. With your psu and price range you could have either click here (350w) or click here (300w) Best bang for bucks card is the nvidia 8800gt at around £170.00 which will run on a 400w psu if it is good quality as 400w is the bare minimum.
Thats ok mewoowoo citadel beat me to the punch anyway, I'm a slow typer and its always better for anyone to get advice from more than one person so they can see what they have been told is correct. I'm sure stewart00 would agree with that.
Guys thanks ever so much, your advice is much appreciated, and yes it is good to hear varying opinions. I think I will have a look at the 8600gt and the 8800gt cards, how much better are they than my current Nvidia Geforce 7200GS.
Guys just wanted to say thanks for all your help with my issue , I have decided to go for this card click here seemed a good price compared to most other suppliers about £30-50 cheaper, and it will run with 350W from my PSU.
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