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What are your opinions on the Powercolor Radeon X800 GT 256M

by clayter84 / September 30, 2005 3:36 PM PDT

The Powercolor Radeon X800 GT / 256MB GDDR3 / PCI Express / Crossfire Ready / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card has a 300w psu and that is just what I have. I was wondering what yalls expert opinions were about this card. it seems to be pretty good and I really want to get a graphics card soon. and it is PCI Express.

AMD 3500+
1gb ram
200gb hd
integrated graphics ):
1 pcie slot
4 pci slots
windows xp media center
300W psu

thanx ahead of time,
clayton

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Correction
by clayter84 / September 30, 2005 3:41 PM PDT

the video card has a 300w psu requirement

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its a good deal cept for the lack of sm3 and fp32
by nerdyboy1234 / September 30, 2005 5:05 PM PDT

which is already implemented in some games

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Hmmmm
by clayter84 / October 1, 2005 9:24 AM PDT
In reply to: RE: Not worth it

Yea I would consider getting that one but its a 350 psu requerment. any suggestions that requer 300w or less.

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Probelem: it's difficult to have it both ways
by linkit / October 1, 2005 10:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmmmm

You seem to want a system capable of playing games. The problem is that to have a decent gaming system, you need a juicy PSU. You could get an inexpensive, less powerful card the that will work OK with your 300W PSU, but you will not be happy with its performance in playing a lot of good games.

If you get a better card and keep the 300W power supply, your system very well could disapppoint you with shutdowns and other quirks. Also, the low Wattage leaves you with little room for expansion in the future. So it's not a good value in the long run.

I'd shoot for a 500W PSU or at maybe 450W with at least 18A on the 12V rail. Just my opinion.

Some info:
http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20040122/index.html
http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,119585,00.asp

The 350W PSU in the following system was not enough for the AMD Athlon64 3400+:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=1946&p=3

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