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George2004
12-12-2006, 11:49 AM
Does anyone have any reputable first hand evidence that a radeon 9600 graphics card or similar can successfully run on a 250w PSU powered pc for a length of time greater than a month at least!! The card does recomend 300w plus I have a second hard drive!! A new PSU is not an option!!
Any ideas!!

Speedy Gonzales
12-12-2006, 12:05 PM
I doubt anything would work properly with a 250w PSU.

Not just the videocard.

PaulD
12-12-2006, 12:13 PM
Why be so negative, there must be lots of computers on office desks that are using 250W PSU. George2004 should give more details about brand and what the actual problem is if any.

Speedy Gonzales
12-12-2006, 12:15 PM
Try it then, see what happens.

Nothing negative about it.

George2004
12-12-2006, 01:06 PM
I doubt anything would work properly with a 250w PSU.

Not just the videocard.

Well me computer is working perfect at the moment with extra memory and a second hardrive added!!

George2004
12-12-2006, 01:08 PM
Its a fortron fsp 250 -60PNA (PF) 250W PSU. Havnt got the money for a new PSU, you see.

George2004
12-12-2006, 01:09 PM
Try it then, see what happens.

Nothing negative about it.

Sound! lol

R2x1
12-12-2006, 01:15 PM
I doubt anything would work properly with a 250w PSU.

Not just the videocard.
I have a 110W psu that works fine to power a battery charger. :lol:
(Yep, it is a Dell. The CMOS button cell has gone to drive a calculator, the monitor is assisting a neighbour with his ancient laptop, and I think the case could be upgraded to a flower pot. And the previous owner thought it was useless !)

tweak'e
12-12-2006, 01:23 PM
Well me computer is working perfect at the moment with extra memory and a second hardrive added!!

the question is "how long will it last" stressed out PSU's tend to die and sometimes take out the rest of the pc with them. at your risk :badpc:

PaulD
12-12-2006, 01:32 PM
Fortron are a good brand. There would be plenty of mediocre 300-350W PSU that weren't any better. That said a good 350-400 isn't that expensive.

qazwsxokmijn
12-12-2006, 02:44 PM
I once had this system:

AsRock P4VM800
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz
2X IDE Ultra ATA HDDs
1X DVD-RW
9600XT 256MB
1GB RAM

Some random 250W PSU.

After a week and a bit of heavy gaming, the damn thing blew. Literally. Fire, popping noises, the smell of melting copper....ain't a pretty thing.

Sure, the 9600 cards should only draw about 25W of power, but 250W just isn't cutting it.

What's all of your system specs? That way we can point out approximately what you need.

pctek
12-12-2006, 02:53 PM
Why be so negative, there must be lots of computers on office desks that are using 250W PSU.

Yes but they don't have graphics cards in them.

qazwsxokmijn
12-12-2006, 03:27 PM
PaulD, it's not about being negative. It's more of a matter-of-fact thing, that you simply can't avoid. You can't act very positive towards electronics in hopes their spirits listen to you lol....I learned that the hard way I guess.

George2004
14-12-2006, 12:29 PM
I once had this system:

AsRock P4VM800
Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz
2X IDE Ultra ATA HDDs
1X DVD-RW
9600XT 256MB
1GB RAM

Some random 250W PSU.

After a week and a bit of heavy gaming, the damn thing blew. Literally. Fire, popping noises, the smell of melting copper....ain't a pretty thing.

Sure, the 9600 cards should only draw about 25W of power, but 250W just isn't cutting it.

What's all of your system specs? That way we can point out approximately what you need.

Fortron fsp 250 PNA
Pentium 4 2.4
2 hd's
704mb ram
cd rw/ dvd

Speedy Gonzales
14-12-2006, 12:37 PM
Well I would still get something better than 250w.

Or else the videocard wont be the only thing that'll need replacing.

Greg
14-12-2006, 01:00 PM
Maybe you could borrow 20 bucks and get a better, used PSU off TradeMe.

PaulD
14-12-2006, 01:46 PM
There are a lot of Dells running 9600s on small but good PSUs that deliver more than their rated output. If George2004 was to spend only $20 he would be likely to end up with some timebomb like a Hyena or similar. He should say what he hopes the 9600 will achieve as it's probable he will have to get another PSU anyway when he finds that the 9600 was a waste of time.