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I have an HP A6530f with AMD Phenom X3 8450 Triple-Core Processor, 4gigs of PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory, and a 640GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive. It also has an available pci-e slot, which is good because it comes with some crappy integrated card.

After shopping a bit I found that the Nvidia 8800GT seems to be a good deal for the 100 or so it costs. Thing is, I'm not sure if I NEED to drop another 100+ on a quality PSU, cause it may be that my stock PSU can handle it.

Is there any danger in trying the card before I buy a PSU? Is it obvious that it won't work? If I need a PSU, how many amps should I get on the 12v rails, and what is a good model to look for to satisfy my needs. I have no problem dropping real money for quality over quantity of watts, I just have no idea which companies are good.

I remember the older days, where you didn't need to consider a new PSU unless you were trying to build a server or something...:(

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If it doesn't happen to work and you want to save money, I'd recommend OCZ StealthXtream over PC P&C PSUs for a budget choice.

Anyways, I'd say it's quite to-be-considered-sure that it won't run, or at least you'll be draining all the juice out of the PSU, which makes it die much faster. There also is the chance of wrecking something if tried to run with unsufficient power. It's not too fat, but it's there.

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