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 Post subject: Re: 6800 power supply
PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:34 am 
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pdizzle383 wrote:
oh ok well i've heard you need a 480 watt power supply for the card, how much is that going to cost, i only have 400 watt right now.


nVidia rescinded that to be a 350W unit, as long as it was a good one. [H] had their 6800U running on an Antec 350W unit as well.

So yeah, take that with a grain of salt.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:52 pm 
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So do you think my 400 watt power supply is good enough to run the 6800 ultra with out problems?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:55 pm 
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also if you go to pricewatch.com you can get 500watt power supplies for 20-30$ am i missing something here? why would i pay 80-100 when i can get it for 20?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:57 pm 
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Would the 6800 GT require a power upgrade from 400 watts?


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So do you think my 400 watt power supply is good enough to run the 6800 ultra with out problems?


I'm planning on running a 6800 GT on my 350W Antec Unit.


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also if you go to pricewatch.com you can get 500watt power supplies for 20-30$ am i missing something here? why would i pay 80-100 when i can get it for 20?


Quality, Quality, Quality.

Power delivery is *far* more important than max wattage claims. Even the most decked out PC doesn't really drain more than ~250W under load, it's how cleanly and consistantly it gets that power that effects it's stability. For many years Dell shipped their systems with 150-200W units without sacrificing stability because the knew how to modulate power draw and whatnot, and it was good.

The main reason people recommend 400W+ units is because it's assumed that if a PSU can deliver 400W, it should be able to handle ~250W ok. I generally don't buy it and would vastly prefer a good 350W unit to a crappy 500W one.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 10:00 am 
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Ill second the vote on the 9800pro. Im running the 9600pro and it works great for me. Ill upgrade when the games require me to. Newegg has the 9800 for around 200 and the 9600 for around 130. Refurbs thru newegg work great, ive used 2 of the 9600pros and havent had a problem with them.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 9:03 pm 
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As it turns out I, too, am in the market for a new video card. The 9800 Pro is just tad expensive for me, though. I was considering a 9600 XT instead. It's on sale at CompUSA for $150, the 128 MB version, which seems to be a pretty good price if pricegrabber.com is any indication. Is this the best I can do for under $150? Appreciate any advice, thanks.


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tomcat5239 wrote:
As it turns out I, too, am in the market for a new video card. The 9800 Pro is just tad expensive for me, though. I was considering a 9600 XT instead. It's on sale at CompUSA for $150, the 128 MB version, which seems to be a pretty good price if pricegrabber.com is any indication. Is this the best I can do for under $150? Appreciate any advice, thanks.


If you're not opposed to EBay, you can get a 9700 Pro for the same price:
http://tinyurl.com/2j3bc

I would also check out Newegg's refurbs, as you may be able to snag a 9800 Pro in your price range as well.

Barring both of those suggestions, however, the 9600XT is a fine card. It's just a tough recommendation, as you can double the pipelines for not a whole lot more.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 7:49 am 
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I am a bit wary of refurbs and ebay, just because I really want a solid warranty. I'm now running a Radeon 64MB VIVO because my Ti4200 broke and the way Abit's warranty program was set up, I couldn't get a new one. The other Radeon has been working great for me, and is actually the second one I'm on (because ATI's warranty program is just that much better, so when *it* broke they gave me a working one ; )

Out of curiosity, though, is there anything on the nVidia front in this price range that's a worthy alternative?


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Yes, but ATI has better options at most price points (including yours) IMO. However, here's a plethora of benchmarks and you can google/pricewatch the current deals:

http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/over2003/index.html


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:59 pm 
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I would say yes, that is the best to get for around $150. I dont think youll find a better performing card any cheaper. If it was me, id still settle with the 9600pro and get the 256mb version, that runs around $140 at newegg.


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