Novice seeks Graphics Card Advice

  stewart00 22:54 12 Feb 2008

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:

Proclick here 512MB

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

  citadel 23:43 12 Feb 2008

450 or better psu required with 6 pin connector for the card. seasonic 500w s1211 would be good.

  Totally-braindead 23:53 12 Feb 2008

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.

This is a bit out of date but look here click here and here click here

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.

  mrwoowoo 23:57 12 Feb 2008

The hd 3850 requires a 450w psu.
With your psu and price range you could have either click here
click here
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.

  mrwoowoo 00:04 13 Feb 2008

Sorry,should of refreshed first.

  Totally-braindead 00:09 13 Feb 2008

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.

  stewart00 16:03 13 Feb 2008

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.

  mrwoowoo 16:37 13 Feb 2008

you can compare here.
click here
review here
click here

  stewart00 21:23 13 Feb 2008

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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