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by TheHearonater38 / June 27, 2005 6:31 AM PDT
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Let me be blunt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 6:40 AM PDT
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A nice Nvidia 6800 is consuming some 110 Watts. That's quite a load that your 380 has to carry. The PSU is not an item to stress or skimp on. In your case, some ATI 9700 or Nvidia 5700 may be some 40 Watts but still could tax your (unspecified) system.

You also didn't share what video card you are removing or the make/model PSU you have. Some are true to their ratings and others need you to discount a third off the total Watts to stay out of trouble.


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should be ok
by angryfirelord / June 27, 2005 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me be blunt.

All the cards should work with 380 watts.

PCWORLD has tested 6800 Ultras with a 350 watt supply.

However, upgrading doesn't hurt.

Look into ATI X850 XT and the nVIDA 7800GTX as well.

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yeah. dont forgot about a molex connector
by AKonny47 / June 27, 2005 7:21 AM PDT
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yes, the last to cards that you are looking at should come with a molex connector cable that plugs into your vid card to give it more stable power.


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video card
by jcrobso / June 27, 2005 7:27 AM PDT
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No,No and double NO.
All of the cards have a molex connector for extra power.
That last card HAS TWO molex connetcors on it.
Bob is correct you didn't tell all the details of your PC. But 450w would be minimum. John

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by angryfirelord / June 27, 2005 11:20 PM PDT
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450 watt min. for overclocking.

According to nVida, a 6800 Ultra needs a min. 350 watt power supply if you are not overclocking.

Yes, make sure you have molex connectors.

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