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Hi 'peeps

I'm upgrading a power supply in my cousins Dell. Its an Ispiron 530 with an intel E6550, dual Burners, two HD's, basic sound card, wireless card, and an 8600GT. Right now he has the stock unit PS. Its rated at 300w with 18 amps on a single 12v rail :/

He wants to be able to run an 8800GT now (he has one) but also midrange cards in the future. Think ATI 4850 or nvidia 9800GTX level. Budget is a concern, so after scouring and researching I found this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153052

Seems solid but has 14 amps on one 12v rail and 15 amps on the other for a total of 29 amps altogether.

Is this enough? I see some user reviews that say no, some say its just enough, yet others say its plenty enough.

What say the experts here? I was led right to a PS for my own rig here recently, but i had more money to spend and got a nice Corsair. This choice is more budget minded. Its for a Dell, as said.

Thanks for your replies :)
 
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no, not even close enough. you need at least 26amps on the 12v rail that feeds a 8800Gt series card. I would suggest a Silverstone PSU This one Should be more than good, and it will have enough power to allow for upgrades in the future.

At 650Watts it has enough power and with 54amps on the +12v rail it will be more than enough to power the whole system as well as the graphics card. My friend has a E6850 on a blood iron, with an overclocked eVGA 8800GT AKIMBO series gfx card, tons of hdd's and dvd racks and what not.

I will say tho the 8800 GT card seems to be a powerful card and should cover anything he needs for a long time.
 
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Make sure that the dell PSU is a standard ATX. Ive seen a few dells that use some weird psu that you can upgrade with a 3rd party psu.
 

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Thanks for all the sugggestions. I'm actually sitting here right now with my cousin (Chris) and we're going through the links. b4 he decides on something more expensive (the budget is really just that tight) how about something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

just to run the 8800GT? forget the other cards mentioned b4. it seems to have everything he needs but i'm pretty sure i've read this brand is not any good. the user reviews are decent, however

looking for a quality, quiet PS that won't break the bank. thats why we were looking at the Thernaltake i initially posted. but i guess thats not enough?

so budget, yes. but quality as well. its a must

anyway thanks for all the input. keep 'em coming if you have any more suggestions :)
 
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Thanks for all the sugggestions. I'm actually sitting here right now with my cousin (Chris) and we're going through the links. b4 he decides on something more expensive (the budget is really just that tight) how about something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

just to run the 8800GT? forget the other cards mentioned b4. it seems to have everything he needs but i'm pretty sure i've read this brand is not any good. the user reviews are decent, however

looking for a quality, quiet PS that won't break the bank. thats why we were looking at the Thernaltake i initially posted. but i guess thats not enough?

so budget, yes. but quality as well. its a must

anyway thanks for all the input. keep 'em coming if you have any more suggestions :)



i would rather go with Antec Earthwatts 650w pus


cause


1. is a 650w psu
2. raidmax isnt all that great
3. after the shipping is added your spending $65.85
4. Antec psu is 69.99 and free shipping
5. Antec is a well known brand and reliable
6. its only a $4.14 dollar difference and you have a much power for upgrades later on
 
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Raidmax is a bad idea, especially if you're wanting to reliably run an 8800GT. The Antec freak listed is great deal! Only if you're willing to take the bite of the MIR's, the Corsair or PCP&C for $80 are a step better.
 
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Raidmax is a bad idea, especially if you're wanting to reliably run an 8800GT. The Antec freak listed is great deal! Only if you're willing to take the bite of the MIR's, the Corsair or PCP&C for $80 are a step better.
its an $30 Instant rebate
 

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Make sure that the dell PSU is a standard ATX. Ive seen a few dells that use some weird psu that you can upgrade with a 3rd party psu.
+1

Maybe check out the PC Power & Cooling PSU's as they make some for DELLS.
 
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Go only with quality brand PSU makers, otherwise your putting your whole system at risk for a huge problem. The 8800GT is a demanding card and as such demands at least 26amps on the +12 volt rail to be run well. I would fork out the money for a quality PSU any day of the week. Otherwise if you go for a cheap psu, you might as well end up buying a whole new computer, because the bad PSU will most likely kill it.

Make sure that the dell PSU is a standard ATX. Ive seen a few dells that use some weird psu that you can upgrade with a 3rd party psu.
+1 for that, i personally hate dells because i know they have weird set ups, but double check that first.
 
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+1

ya do make sure you can fit a standard ATX psu in the dell lol
 

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O, that was probably confusing. I was talking about the rebates on the Corsair and PCP&C.
oh lol its all kool it happens to the best of us ;)
 

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here's a really good psu: I actually own this.
PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

Got's plently of power!!!
And who linked that to you .... :p


I knew you would like that one.

@freakshow

I was thinking of a different psu on the Antec. Actually, that is not a bad recommendation. I give you a "+1" as most members here would say. Still, the linked PSU in the OP would be pretty good due to the rebate.
 
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And who linked that to you .... :p


I knew you would like that one.

@freakshow

I was thinking of a different psu on the Antec. Actually, that is not a bad recommendation. I give you a "+1" as most members here would say. Still, the linked PSU in the OP would be pretty good due to the rebate.
woo hoo thx Jr :toast: :roll:
 
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lol i know you love your Antec but but still, 4 bucks more he can get a 650w and it has better amps.....no? and a much richer upgrade path with the 650w

I'll second the suggestion for the Antec 650. It's what I have and is very quiet.
 

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no, not even close enough. you need at least 26amps on the 12v rail that feeds a 8800Gt series card. I would suggest a Silverstone PSU This one Should be more than good, and it will have enough power to allow for upgrades in the future.

At 650Watts it has enough power and with 54amps on the +12v rail it will be more than enough to power the whole system as well as the graphics card. My friend has a E6850 on a blood iron, with an overclocked eVGA 8800GT AKIMBO series gfx card, tons of hdd's and dvd racks and what not.

I will say tho the 8800 GT card seems to be a powerful card and should cover anything he needs for a long time.
You only need 17a for a 8800GT + dual core Intel. And its not 54amps, they don't add together they are two separate amps.
 
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You only need 17a for a 8800GT + dual core Intel. And its not 54amps, they don't add together they are two separate amps.
where did you get 17a for a 8800GT requirements? my GT KO required 26a on the +12v rail. And that PSU i selected supplies 54a on the 12v rail because its single not a dual rail. the PSU i have (the OP800w) supplies over 60a on the 12v.

Heres the 8800GT SC edition Go halfway down the page and read under minimum system requirements

# Minimum of a 400 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 22 Amp Amps.)
# Minimum 450 Watt for SLI mode system.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 24 Amp Amps.)
this link HERE Is a post about amps on a GT graphics card it cam from this thread HERE

Im not trying to flame here, im just stating the facts as i had a friend who killed his card because he put in a weak PSU, and killed his card, it was out of warranty which made it worse.