Updating Graphics Card

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Well I am going to be updating my graphics card from a 7600 GS to a 220 GT, and I think I'll need a new power supply. I'm not sure what power supply I am using right now, it's some no name brand my cousin let me borrow because my old one had broken. Right now I'm using a P45 Platinum, an E8200 CPU at 2.66GHz, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, one hard drive and one disk drive. Thanks all!
 
According to Nvidia the minimum requirements for a pc system with one Nvidia 220GT video card is a 300 watt or greater power supply with a +12 Volt current rating of 18 amps.

There should be a data label on your current power supply with the brand name, model number, voltage for the rails, and amperage.
 

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My power supply is rated at 285W and it's a pretty shitty one so the max is probably lower then that.
I don't want to spend a lot of money on the graphics card because I am going to be getting it to play Guild Wars 1 & 2, which aren't very demanding games.
 
Corsair has a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and deliver their rated power.

I'd recommend the Corsair CX400. It has a +12 volt rail rated at 30 amps. It is definitely more than enough to power your system.

The psu is currently on sale at newegg.com for $54.99 and shipping is free. There's an additional $3 off with promo code EMCYPYX3 that ends march 15th. That brings the price down to $51.99. On top of that there is a $15.00 mail-in rebate which brings the final price down to $36.99. It is a bargain basement deal for a quality power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
 

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Thanks for the quick reply and for the help Johnny! I'll pick up the corsair power supply. One question, are there any video cards in the price range of the GT220 that are considerably better? I was going to pick up this one (http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0322971) from microcenter which will cost $45 after rebate which seems pretty cheap. ATI is fine.
 

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Thanks for the link, I also checked the video card charts and did some research, I can't find any graphics card with similar power to the GT 220 for only $45 so I'll be going with that. Thanks for the help!