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8600gt or 7900gt?


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georgewashington16

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I was wondering which card would be a better purchase taking into account that I will not be using directx 10. I have a 450 watt psu but I was just wondering if I ever got SLI, would the PSU wattage increase if I took out A DVD drive, a fax card, and a tv tuner. Also, If you have less wattage than is recommended will it degrade the performance of the card or is it one of those things that will either work or it wont work? Thank you.
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Not only will it degrade the performance of the card but it can easily damage the card and cause your system to be unstable. You will need a PSU upgrade. Removing your DVD drives will not help, they take almost no power compared to these high end cards.
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Hi georgewashington, removing your cd drive would only allow for about 15 to 20 watts at most. It is best to upgrade your power supply to at least 550 watts or more and the 7900gt is a faster card but its older than the 8600gt, the only real plus with the 8600gt is directx 10 and thats about it. But as you stated you don't care for directx 10 so the 7900gt card is a good buy, but if you want to save some money get the 7900gs it can overclock to 7900gt speeds for about $30 to $50 less. Well thats my 2 cents, good luck man. This forum rules!!!!
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