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Old 11-13-2009, 01:24 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by drew1d View Post
You're smarter than me Sir. The 4670 has been giving me problems. How do you like the 9800 GTX+? Would you recommend it?
I just bought basically the cheapest 9800 GTX+ I could find at the time. It is made by Galaxy and had a $40 rebate. I really don't use it a ton. The onboard video can handle some 3d stuff surprisingly (example, I was playing the original halflife the other day). On the newer more intense stuff I enable the card and it has worked great.
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If your a PC gamer who likes to play the newest games on high specs then power usage is probably not a massive concern, if you don't play games but don't want a laptop interface, buy a laptop (spec doesn't matter much if you don't play games), stick it somewhere around you desk, hook it up to a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker system and you have a low power system. I've tested a few laptops with a power meter and never seen them draw more than 50-90w on full load, chuck in another 30-40w for a monitor.

I have a Core 2 Duo e6750 with a 600MHz overclock, a Radeon 4870 and 3 hard drives, and under full load (CPU and GPU) draws around 360w, though it idles most of the time around 170w, 150w if i turn of folding@home. I have a 520w PSU with 80% efficiency rating meaning the actual PSU max is around 410w, so my PSU is the perfect wattage for my system.

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