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by marc.bills / January 1, 2007 4:30 AM PST

I just bought a PNY 7900GS and was wondering if i really need the minimum required 350W Power supply to run the card. I have a 300W, and am not sure if the 350W minimum is for using Dual Monitors. Some one help! DO I REALLY NEED A 350W POWER SUPPLY!?

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by ramarc / January 1, 2007 4:47 AM PST

unless you know your 300w is top-quality (units in hps, dells, compaqs, etc are NOT top-quality). the card will work intially but you'll probably have problems (sporadic crashes, games not looking right, and others).

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The PSU wattage has nothing to do with dual monitors
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2007 4:55 AM PST

and if the card mfgs recommends 350W PSU....you'd be wise to take the advice. And if you're into PC for long haul....you'd do well to get something much bigger than the minimum...500W or 550W.


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battery back ups
by william551 / January 1, 2007 7:01 AM PST

have wattage monitors (some of them do). And if you plug in just your PC to the battery backup you can monitor the wattage draw. Some software even records it to see the peaks and valleys coming out of your plug.

I have a P4 with an ati 1900 and the draw never got above 170 watts.

I think maybe these video card companies buy stock in power supplies.

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