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    Default So, you are thinking of buying a graphics card...

    As a NOOB I've had enough problems having made poor decisions when building my new machine, you don't have to:

    I have seen on other forums that people buying Antec Quattro 850w power supply are having "issues" when running some 8800gt cards. From this it must be said that all 8800gt cards are not the same.
    By the way my psu is now u/s even though it ran my Palit card. Not sure of the reason. 4x18amps was touch and go. I've seen video card power requirements quoted way above the 216w on each rail that I had.
    CHECK THE POWER REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR INTENDED GRAPHICS CARD PURCHASE!! Remember it will probably be higher when overclocking too.

    You've been WARNED.

    The more I read the more I feel that single rail psu's are better

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    if your psu wont run it why not do what gareth did and buy a specialised gpu psu?
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    Mine was seemingly ok and ran ok for a month yes it had SLI and Xfire certification. Now it is broke and so is the 8800gt. related? who knows!
    My comments were made after visiting Antec site among others. I only considered the overall output. I've seen quoted power requirements of 235w and even 265w for 88xx series cards so I guess I'm saying check individual manufacturer specs not just non specific details.

    Now, there's an idea multiple psu's... just going to find that post, thanks Yblad

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    no worries, i was going to link it but i cant find it :S iv been inactive too long lol i have forgotten where things are
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    don't look for the wattage requirement but check for the Ampere requirement. I'm not sure how much Amp for your GT? but my GTS required 24A on 12v rail and your only 18A each.

    Yes, single rail PSU are better than multiple rails PSU. Multiple rail works independantly, if one rail not utilize all it's Ampere then the left over don't carry over to the next rail. It's a waste.

    PSU die only if it over heated or blowed it's capacity due to power surge, who know? Did you plug it directly to the wall outlet or to a power surge protector?

    It's better purchase one good new quality PSU than 2 because you have to worry it to fit into the exsiting case unless you go for the 5.25" utility PSU.

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    I'm pretty sure that I had surge covered, the wall socket is same as used at work for critical equip. built in protection. flying extension also has protection but only a cheap one not expensive with £x,000 guarantee (a planned future purchase) so at the moment I'm thinking of PC power & cooling 750w single rail psu.

    Can't see obvious damage except for "hairy fungus" look on one chip on graphics card. Thought that maybe something shorted if the psu didn't fail on its own which is what was my first guess ... just overvolted somehow

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    Well this isn't the best news i've heard lately. In fact, wish I had come across your post earlier - I just ordered a BFG 8800GTS 512 OC and an Antec TruePower Quattro 850 from Newegg.

    I waited and waited for the 9800GTX, but when its performance compared to the 8800GTS 512 wasn't all that much better for 50% more $, I went with an 8800GTS. I was looking at the single rail PSU's available for the same reasons you stated, but the Antec 850 went on sale cheap the day I decided to buy so I went with it instead.

    If it doesn't work with an 8800GTS, I'm going to be majorly disappointed. My friend has been running two HD3870's @ 850mhz, an E6550 @ 3.15ghz, 1 WD RaptorX 10k, and 3 other HD's all on one Antec 850 without any problems, so maybe you just got a dud - I really hope that is the case.

    I'll post again when I get the order and have time to put it all together.

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    Wish you luck Rosco, especially re Deton's post above. Me? I'd return it unopened. yes could have been a dud (worked ok for a month). While you are waiting Try to find the power requirements (amps) (I Know watts is power) for your specific card

    http://www.bfgtech.com/bfgr88512gtse.aspx doesn't quite nail it could be close though

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    Default Seems to be fine

    I've had my card and PSU fo a week now and no problems. Well, the vid card fan is set at 100% stock, which is a bit less noisy than a jet taking off, so there is that but it functions properly. Did you get an RMA on any of your parts?
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    I have two XFX 9000GT Alpha Dogs running with a Antec 500 watt Earthwatts PSU and have no problems at all. Would recommend the 9600GT to anyone wanting to upgrade.

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    Glad to hear it's going well. I'm Looking forward to you letting us know how it goes with overclocking this card.(start a thread for gts maybe) I've just been installing an xpertvision 8800gt for father on a stock speed 6750 on a p5k having given that card an increase in all clocks of 50 3D mark came in around 11440 what is yours currently?

    My psu + MB are back with suppliers now ...still waiting

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    Quote Originally Posted by webwizard View Post
    I have two XFX 9000GT Alpha Dogs running with a Antec 500 watt Earthwatts PSU and have no problems at all. Would recommend the 9600GT to anyone wanting to upgrade.
    I would say the same to you, post some 3D Marks for us to see how it goes.

    My fathers 8800gt is powered by a 500w psu too, one with 2 19.5a rails.How many rails on yours?

    By the way, Recently visited one site (Intel? or ASUS? I think) which recommended 600w for a single card C2D setup. Seems no one can agree on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Glad to hear it's going well. I'm Looking forward to you letting us know how it goes with overclocking this card.(start a thread for gts maybe)
    I see you found it already, but you should get credit for the idea:
    Overclocking the 8800 GTS 512

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    I've just been installing an xpertvision 8800gt for father on a stock speed 6750 on a p5k having given that card an increase in all clocks of 50 3D mark came in around 11440 what is yours currently?
    12,477 stock and 13602 OC'd as far as have had time to deal with. Which is none, so right out of the box it will do that - not great, but not something to sniff at.

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    My psu + MB are back with suppliers now ...still waiting
    That is BS if they don't replace them. It didn't sound like you were mistreating them - not beyond reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    By the way, Recently visited one site (Intel? or ASUS? I think) which recommended 600w for a single card C2D setup. Seems no one can agree on this.
    You made me curious so I poked around online. Asus has a PSU calculator, but I couldn't get it to work. I couldn't find Intel's. Good ol' NewEgg told me my set-up, a single card C2D, needed an 588w PSU - with out any mention of overclocking. Not that they wouldn't overstate that to their own benefit, but I would bet Asus' and anybody else's PSU calculators you find online are working off similar if not identical algorithms. I'm not sure you can trust them, but they can't be that far off can they?

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