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sapphire X800gto 256mb Agp power supply issues.


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robp777

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hi. I am looking to upgrade my computer so that i can play oblivion. here are my current specs.

Advent t9100
3.2e p4 processor
512mb ram
geforce fx 5500 256mb
160 gb hard drive.

I am thinking of upgrading my card to a sapphire raedon x800gto 256mb here is the link:

http://www.microdire...357&GroupID=330

it has to be agp because i dont have a PCI-e slot. first of all, is this a good card for the money? second i found out that it needs a power supply of 350w and i think mine only has 300w. will this be a problem?

i had a look at some power supply units but i dont know which is best because they vary in price so much and i dont know exactly what to look for. can you reccommend something? here is a link for one i found.

http://www.amazon.co...2020440-1319013

Thanks for your time
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Okay first hand experience:

I have that exact same card and I am warning you, don't upgrade to this for Oblivion. The game can only run on Medium with this card. I am going to upgrade when DX10 comes out because as Warriorscot told me, the X800GTO is the second lowest X800.

So unless you have enough money to upgrade now, then again when DX10 comes out, go for it, if not, just be patient.

As for the PSU, personally, if you can afford it go for a PSU closer to the 500W range, just so in the future, you will have enough power for those higher video cards and the like :whistling:
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thanks for your reply. Im not so bothered about playing at high settings so i might still get the card, but what do you mean by dx10? and how much will it cost?

also about the power supply i just need to know which ones are reliable and will do the job. this link has a 650w one but its quite cheap. do you think its reliable?

http://www.amazon.co...ronics&v=glance

thanks
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DX10 is the new version of DirectX (up from 9.0c) and from my gatherings should come out sometime in the summer. Prices will range all over because there will be low-end, mid-range, and high-end DX10 cards, which is why I'm being patient.

Now I know in England it's diff, but is Amazon the only place you're looking? This is the PSU I have:
http://www.nzxt.com/...ts/precise_550/
That doesn't have prices but look around. 650W seems like overkill to me, just more power than more power and I have a feeling it would be really loud.

Maybe others have but I've never heard of Q-Tek or whatever. I would go with a NZXT or Antec personally. Just heard good things. I've heard that Aspire has problems with DOA (dead on arrival) PSU's but that may just be from wherever these people buy them :shrugs:

Edited by BlackPandemic, 08 May 2006 - 07:06 PM.

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