freakinmano 14:54 22 Jan 2007

what is the minumum power supply need for just one pci-e times 16 slot

  Totally-braindead 14:59 22 Jan 2007

It depends on the card. Lower end cards will run quite happily on a 250-275 watt supply but any card with a seperate needs between a 350 and 450 watt power supply. Also depends to a certain degree on the make of power supply. A good brand name one rated at 400 watts will provide more consistant power than a cheap 500 watt one.

  freakinmano 15:24 22 Jan 2007

see im looking to get a new graffix card , i have a compaq presario sr2020nx and i dont know what my power supply watts is, so im having a hard time with making a choice on a video card , all i know is that i want to go with nvidia but which one? ( i have one pci-e slot )

  Totally-braindead 15:35 22 Jan 2007

If you open the case and look for a label on the power supply. There will be one on it somewhere, it will say what it is.

  keef66 17:25 22 Jan 2007

Looking on Compaq's website and searching for spares for your model suggests it's a 250w psu.

As Totally-braindead says, it might run a low end card, but you'd need to upgrade it to run anything like a 7600 card

  freakinmano 13:34 24 Jan 2007


  keef66 15:31 24 Jan 2007

A 7600gs for example requires a 350w min psu; if you're going to replace it, I'd suggest 450-500w so it should power whatever you add in the near future.

i have the sr1909, upgraded ram, a slave hdd and graphics card (7600gt) the 300 watt psu that came with the machine seemed ok for about a week then had some problems when running games so upgraded to a 530 watt psu which solved the problem

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