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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...:(

BTW: New to the forums!
 
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