power supply unit not big enough?

  andylfc2 22:27 09 Apr 2004

can anyone help? just bought new pc,athlon64..(2 months old) gigabyte mobo, 1024ddr 3200 ram. 120gb sata hd,cdrw/ dvd.rw... did have nvid5200fx gfx , updated to xfx5900xt, message comes up on boot saying "not enough power to graphics card,"have been told by friend that its prob PSU. CHECKED THAT AN ITS 385 WATT.do i need 2 buy new one? & r they easy to fit? wat sort of wattage do you recomend& how much are they?

  Quiller. 22:39 09 Apr 2004

Look for the biggest you can get. 550 watts should do you fine. here is a selection and prices, pick the show all products tab. p.s. don't worry if it says P4 as these just have extra motherboard connectors.
click here

Fitting a new psu is very simple. the psu is attached with just 4 screws. If you make note of the mother board,ide and floppy connections before you remove it, the change over is very simple.

  Quiller. 22:42 09 Apr 2004

Whoops, make that any thing over 500W.

  hugh-265156 22:57 09 Apr 2004

this should give you a very rough idea of the power you need click here

  gudgulf 23:08 09 Apr 2004

You need to connect an extra power feed from the main wiring harness to the graphics card.If you dont you will get that message.

Have a look at the card and you will find a socket where one of the spare four pin connectors will attach.Do that and it will work fine---I dont think that your psu is the problem!!

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