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Insufficient power after upgrade of NVIDIA card

I replaced my NVIDIA FX 5200 with a Peak GEForce 7300GT with 512MB DDR2. placed into the AGP slot. The previous one had a power supply lead but the new one didn't have any attachment point.

The PC then said that as it was under powered, it would reduce operations, although it works OK for normal use. PEAK (Taiwan) initially said that the power would be supplied thru the PCI slot, but the box says AGP !!) They now say that the power supply needs upgrading.

Any thoughts??

Ron Barham

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  • ronere Jan 02, 2008

    HP Pavilion (Tower) with 512MB RAM recently added to 512MB original.

  • ronere Jan 02, 2008

    I'm a novice at this, so do not know where to find that figure??

  • ronere Jan 03, 2008

    The PSU is rated at 250W. The NVIDIA card is too long to fit the PCI slots. I guess I'll need to look into getting a new PSU. I assume it's almost straightforward?? to fit.
    At least the PC seems to be functioning for normal purposes.
    Is there any danger of overheating anything with my use?

    Thanks for your help so far.

    Ron Barham



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Do you know the wattage output for your power supply?

My first suggestion would be that you need to upgrade to a bigger power supple.

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  • Peter Burns Jan 02, 2008

    Open the tower and look at your power supply. It's where the power cable plugs into the computer. It should have a sticker on there with all the specs. There will be a number like 300W or 350W, that's the wattage.

  • Peter Burns Jan 02, 2008

    I checked the specs for this card and it does say it's a PCI interface.

  • Peter Burns Jan 02, 2008

    From what I've read, your original card was made to use a lot less power. You new one uses quite a bit of power. Depending on the wattage output of your power supply, you might need a new ps.

  • Peter Burns Jan 03, 2008

    There's no danger in overheating, each component is only going to pull the amount of power it needs.

    But 250W is very small power supply. I would suggest at least 400W.



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