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Best FX card on a 300w PSU

Magusigne

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So, 300w stock HP psu. Far as i can tell...upper-mid level quality.

It's not going to have the extra molex to spare.

4670 or GT 240?
 

Qbah

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Best would be a low-power 9800GT. No plugs needed.

Also, I have read about Powercolor coming out with a low-power HD5750 - this would be the absolute best and fastest card available - no extra plugs required, takes all the needed power from the PCI-e slot. No idea if the card is out already though.
 

novice

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I am not sure if the 300W HP PS could run 9800GT, but I do know my Dell 300W PS has run a 512 mb HD4670 for the past year with no issues. Not a heavily loaded system, C2D 7300, 1 SATA HD, 1 DVD-RW, 3 gb of ram. Kind of depends on what else is in the box, multiple cores CPU, 4 sticks of ram, multiple DVD drives and many fans may be a bit much for even a 4670 with a 300W PSU. I just installed a Corsair 400W unit in a relative's HP to make sure the new HD4670 I got for them wouldn't have any issues. That system is an E6600 Quad, with 8 gb of ram and 2 hard drives. Figured it should have a safety margin, so I threw in the PSU along with the vid card. Hope it helps their 4 boys have a merrier Christmas.
 

toyota

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Best would be a low-power 9800GT. No plugs needed.

Also, I have read about Powercolor coming out with a low-power HD5750 - this would be the absolute best and fastest card available - no extra plugs required, takes all the needed power from the PCI-e slot. No idea if the card is out already though.
either of those cards would likely be the death of that psu unless that HP has very low power dual core and only a DVD and HD. that psu is only "rated" at 19 amps on the 12v and likely cant even make 15-16 in real world conditions. again it really depends on the exact specs of that pc but even a 4670 could tax that cheaply made oem psu if that HP has a higher end dual core or quad core cpu and multiple drives.
 
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