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Old 11-23-2007
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Default PSU recommendation for ATI Radeon HD 3850

My System:

Acer Aspire 4800+ (E380)
AMD Athlon 64x2 LIVE! 2.5GHz processor
3Gb DDR2 memory
2x200GB SATA hard disks
GeForce 6150SE (currently) w/ nForce 430 mobo
1440x900 HD LCD flatscreen
USB printer
HD audio

I'm hoping to upgrade the GeForce 6150 to an ATI Radeon x1950 Pro graphics card because I'm not getting the graphics experience I'd hope from my system (I considered the Nvidia 8600GTS, but found reviews that recommended the older x1950Pro over the 8600).

I'm trying to find the best power supply to go with the x1950Pro. I've been researching which manufacturers to consider and which to avoid; plus, I'm trying to understand the power requirements...but there's a lot out there, and not all in total agreement!

My budget is ~$100, though I would think that I could get something high quality that fits my system for even less.

Could anyone please help?
I'd appreciate it.

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Old 11-23-2007
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My System:

I'm hoping to upgrade the GeForce 6150 to an ATI Radeon x1950 Pro graphics card because I'm not getting the graphics experience I'd hope from my system (I considered the Nvidia 8600GTS, but found reviews that recommended the older x1950Pro over the 8600).
True. No DX10 support but better performance.

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I'm trying to find the best power supply to go with the x1950Pro. I've been researching which manufacturers to consider and which to avoid; plus, I'm trying to understand the power requirements...but there's a lot out there, and not all in total agreement!

My budget is ~$100, though I would think that I could get something high quality that fits my system for even less.

Could anyone please help?
I'd appreciate it.
That sort of question comes daily. Search the forum for more answers but this one will be enough and fits your budget :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139003
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You'll see a huge performance increase across the board from getting a dedicated gfx card. That VX450 is perfect for what you'll need.
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Corsair VX 450w, Silverstone Element ST50EF-Plus, those are good candidates to power your rig flawlessly.
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Thanks so much for all the responses so far.
I have a good idea where I'm headed, now.

The next test will be installation!
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Would any of you recommend the Nvidia 8600GTS over the ATI Radeon x1950Pro?
And would it be because the 8600 is DirectX 10?
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Depends what you're using it for really. If you NEED DX10, get the 8600, otherwise I'd go with the x1950. But you can get a 3850 for an extra $70. That's what I'd do.
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8600GTS is a joke. A bad joke...
Go for X1950PRO or best bang for the buck HD3850.
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Depends what you're using it for really. If you NEED DX10, get the 8600, otherwise I'd go with the x1950. But you can get a 3850 for an extra $70. That's what I'd do.
Would the Corsair 450 still be sufficient to power the HD3850?
If so, I think that would be a good combo for me.

Thanks!
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Would the Corsair 450 still be sufficient to power the HD3850?
If so, I think that would be a good combo for me.

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The VX-450 will power it easily.

That will be a great combo, the 3850 is great value.
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