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HI, MY RADEON 9800 VIDEO BOARD IN A TOWER BUILT IN 2004 HAS FAILED. THE SIX-YEAR OLD POWER SUPPLY IS A 380 WATT "PREMIER" AND I AM RUNNING THE AGP VIDEO CARD ON MICROSOFT XP HOME SP3. MY PROCESSOR IS A PENTIUM 4. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE REPLACEMENT CARD NEEDS FOR MORE THAN 380 WATTS THAT I CURRENTLY HAVE ON A 6 YEAR OLD POWER SUPPLY. ADVICE?

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There's no reason not to replace the power supply if your video card needs the extra power. Having excess capacity is not going to hurt anything. (Some people wrongly think that a larger supply than originally installed will burn out parts. Won't happen...the excess capacity just is unused.) The only problem you might have is fitting it in to the case if the original supply was a proprietary design. This was true with many manufacturers, and a generic replacement just wouldn't fit.

500-watt supplies are available starting at about $25 (US). Get a new supply and video card and you should be in good shape for a while. Thanks for using Fixya!

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Since you have to purchase a new video card then I would go ahead and get one and see what happens. Worst case, you'll have to go buy a bigger power supply.

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