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Can this video card support a 300 W PSU?

by ImJake / March 30, 2009 10:53 AM PDT
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I wouldn't do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2009 12:14 PM PDT

How about the ATI 3650 AGP card that I measured using a Watt meter?

Its in some box with all of 100 Watts for the ENTIRE machine. So it's not stressing the 250 Watt PSU I have in there.
Bob

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??
by ImJake / March 30, 2009 12:18 PM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't do that.

huh?

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Yes. WATTS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2009 12:48 PM PDT
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I measured it with what they call a Watt Meter.

So rather than stress your machine and possibly blow out your power supply why not an AGP card that's "on the list" and tested to not stress your power supply?

Here's the one I bought -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001L62INY

Here's the Watt Meter I used -> http://www.amazon.com/P3-International-P4400-Electricity-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1238467485&sr=1-1

Hope you get the message.

Tomshardware writes about the next level up card at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2118-6.html but I opted for the above card and it's quite nice without blowing the power supply.
Bob

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probably, but depends on power supply
by ramarc / March 31, 2009 2:54 AM PDT

the x1650pro uses about 60W and 35W of that comes from the AGP slot. so, a 300w power supply should be enough especially if you plug the card into a cable that no other device is connected to.

however, emachines typically use power supplies that are mediocre at best. i'm guessing your PC is at least 4 years old so the age of the power supply is working against it also. if your power supply is exhibiting any problems (really noisy, very hot exhaust, sometimes won't turn on) you should replace it before you add the card.

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