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Hi,
I just read a thread by Dreakon back in June and I seem to have the same
situation, sort of.
I also have a compaq s6300nx and have just aquired an ATI Radeon 9600xt
graphics card. Dreakon seemed to have power supply problems but he couldn't
figure out what psu he had. Mine is 25owatts
my specs are:
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ processor at 2.08 GHz
mother board is a A7V8X-LA (Kamet 2) with a VIA KM400 chipset
8x/4x APG slot
Currently running video card is a MadDog Champion MX400 (I think that it is a nvidia geForce 2 MX 400)
Two optical drives - dvd and cdrw
integrated sound
three game controllers attached to USB ports

My question is this:
What is the power draw of the 9600xt? The card doesn't need additional power
as it does not have any other power connections other than the agp.
Do I need to upgrade psu or can I get by? Since my psu is proprietory, upgrading with be hard.
Also wondering about heat issue. The card has a heat sink and fan but some
forums mention that that isn't really enough. I don't think I can support an
additional fan on my current psu.
I need advice and am desperately hoping I didn't just waste $69! (now you see why I bought the card!)
ps. I haven't actually installed the card yet because I wanted to make sure
it would work before I go to all that trouble
 

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The 9600XT cards don't require all that much, and the cooling should work out ok. Personally, I wouldn't put that into a Compaq or upgrade the cooling on it. To me it's just not worth it.
 

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Do you mean the card isn't worth it or the compaq?
It's the kids' computer and I don't plan to upgrade anytime soon.
As for the graphics card, it was a good deal.
I just hope it doesn't push the limits of the computer too much.
 

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Putting something like that in a Compaq isn't worth it, honestly. The power supplies that they come with are often just enough to run what they come with out of the box and rarely anything more. Depending on the style of the PSU itself you might be able to upgrade to something more powerful.
 
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