Solved video cards that will work with my 350 watt power supply

July 5, 2013 at 09:03:52
Specs: Windows 8
ATI Radeon HD 3200 is my current on board video card and while the computer is 4 1/2 years old SYSTEMAXA782 it now has a SSD 120GB data drive 500GB, tired of online buffering even though i have a DOCSIS3 modem and processor is at 2.60GHz AMD Athlon 64x2 i have a PCI express X1 slot available and PCI express X16 available

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#1
July 5, 2013 at 19:47:59
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I assume the 350W unit is decent one like the one found in hp or dell.
U can post the amps available from these rails (+3.3v, +5v & +12v).

Systemax Ascent A728
http://compreviews.about.com/od/bud...

For gaming, HD 7750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Only if u wanna get rid of integrated graphics, HD 4650 DDR2
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

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#2
July 6, 2013 at 04:19:52
every decent video card on line was showing me a minimum of 400 watts..so i order a 550 watt power supply and EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB GDDR5 PCIe video card, i am not a gamer or very little so it is to improve streaming of on line videos, netflix is great until it starts to buffer, when i up graded my mode i had hoped to solve that issue but did not and hopefully this will do it...thanks for the answers

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#3
July 6, 2013 at 06:30:23
"every decent video card on line was showing me a minimum of 400 watts"

I wrote this response about a week ago: When a graphics manufacturer recommends a minimum PSU wattage, it's for the enter system with the video card installed, not for the video card alone. The manufacturers realize that not all PSUs are created equal so they play it safe & over-recommend the wattage.

You should have waited for more answers. You didn't tell us anything about your 350W power supply other than wattage & wattage is no way to judge a power supply. And a decent quality 350W PSU is better than a cheap generic 550W. Hopefully the 550W unit you ordered is a reliable name brand with a single +12v rail of 30A or more, active PFC, 80 plus certified, & at least a 3 yr warranty? A decent 550W unit should cost between $50-100. Here's an example of a good one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Here's an example of cheap junk:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The video card your ordered is way more than you need for the intended purpose. The Radeon HD4650 linked to by kuwese would have been more than sufficient & there would have been no need to replace the PSU.


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#4
July 6, 2013 at 09:53:50
I wonder why bother asking here if he's already made up his mind.

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#5
July 6, 2013 at 10:06:33
knowing my power supply was 4 1/2 years old and i was looking at least getting 2 more years out of it...and then gut it for parts, i was looking long term but thanks for your answers
and yes i was a little impatient but everything i could find on line was requiring 400 or better for watts...and since my new video card was shipped and the power supply was not, (and this is where i want advice) should i use current 350 and install video card and cancel the power supply or try video card and if it does not seem to be up to what i expect then install power supply...the 550 watts did cost me about $50 so i believe it is high enough quality, this time i will wait for an answer and thanks again

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#6
July 6, 2013 at 10:25:04
I asked for the amps found on these rail (+3.3v, +5v, +12v), better check the psu label.
GTX 650 alone use 64W
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/des...
Try it with your 350W unit.

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#7
July 6, 2013 at 10:31:25
"I wonder why bother asking here if he's already made up his mind"

I was thinking the same thing.

"should i use current 350"

You haven't told us anything about it, not the make/model/model number or amperage specs?

"the 550 watts did cost me about $50 so i believe it is high enough quality"

You haven't told anything about that one either. Wattage is NOT the most important spec & just because it cost $50 deosn't necessarily means it's good.

Please post the make/model/model number & specs of both PSUs, then we can tell you if you did OK or not.


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#8
July 6, 2013 at 10:50:33
thank you, will dig up some facts and post them later this weekend
this is the one i have purchased, will have to crawl around on the floor to get the current one
HEC Group 550W Power Supply - ERP Ready, 80+ Bronze, 120mm Fan, Cable Management (HEC-550TB) - OEM which is systemax power supply which is the computer i have now and had good luck

Wattage 500W
Modular Cabling Yes
Energy Efficiency 80 PLUS Bronze
Fan 120 mm
+3.3V 24 A
+5V 15 A
+12V 1 28 A
+12V 2 20 A
-12V 0.3 A
+5VSB 3 A


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#9
July 6, 2013 at 11:15:28
this is the current PSU
make is Allied ATX 350 model AL-8360B
voltage 115/230v
+3.3V 20 A
+5 V 12 A
+12V 1 10A
+12 V 213A
-12 V 0.3 A
+ 5VSB 2.5 A

no idea fan capacity
thanks for your help, i am paying attention


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#10
July 6, 2013 at 17:17:41
The current 350w unit can handle GTX 650 without a problem if u don't have too much components connected.
The 550w u ordred is OK but not good as quality units.
HEC-550TB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
This one is much better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#11
July 6, 2013 at 17:40:18
on the 350, i have dvd, ssd, hdd, printer, keyboard, mouse, modem, and at times 2 external hard drives, occasionally magic jack...but that is about it...
i can see the difference in the two power supplies the cosair few watts, but high amps...if i do not receive the power in a responsible time frame, i may cancel and order the Cosair, thanks for the help and insight...next time, i will ask and really wait for an answer before i junp the gun, thanks again

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#12
July 8, 2013 at 07:51:56
after all these discussions regarding power supplies, today tiger direct told me that the power supply was on back order (even though it shows in stock) and i canceled that power supply and order an ULTRA LSP 550 with limited lifetime warranty...it was the connectors i need, higher amps at all levels so i know that based on our discussions plus the reviews i found on the ULTRA, that i should be in good shape and i should have all of this up and running by the weekend...thanks again for your input

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#13
July 11, 2013 at 03:17:49
I was using FSP 350W with this rig below.
Athlox XP 3500+ 69W TDP
HD 4650 DDR3 55W TDP
2 HDD
1 DVDRW
1 Case Fan

So I think pure 350W can handle your Rig plus dedicated GFX pretty well. Your PSU is rather old, so I recommend you to replace it before damaging other components. If you are not hardcore gaming PSU like Seasonic SS-350ES 350W 80 Plus will do just fine.

As for the GFX, if you just want to play online games or watching video, HD 6570 is enough.
Something like:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6570
XFX HD 6570 650M

But, again it depends on the resolution you want to play. For higher that 1366x768 resolution you may want to consider HD 6670, like:
HIS Radeon HD 6670 1GB (128bit) GDDR5
Sapphire Radeon HD6670 Ultimate 1GB DDR5


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#14
July 11, 2013 at 06:19:15
"i canceled that power supply and order an ULTRA LSP 550"

Lifetime warranty or not, Ultra PSUs are junk. That particular unit isn't even 80 Plus certified. You should have done your homework & gotten the Corsair 430W from newegg for $20 after rebate.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_...

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/...

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php...


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#15
July 11, 2013 at 08:02:23
never been happen with newegg, i pays my money, i takes my chances, i did get rebates on both power supply and video card...the ultra lsp 550 has 725 positive reviews on tiger direct...that is enough for me...my bottom line is while i purchased the first power supply too soon, while i have found valuable information through this post, i have gotten attitude, and while i like tom's hardware site, i doubt seriously i will be back...i have dealt with computers since 1977 mostly on the software side...excuse my learning curve

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