power supplies

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by iceman7311, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    hi i have a amd xp barton 3000
    768 mb of ram pc 2700
    a 9600 xt @ 500 core clock and 600 memmory speed
    one 160 g ultra dma hard drive and one 120 g sata hard drive
    2 optical drives one cd burner and one dvd rom
    one floppy disk
    one tv tuner
    one pci bay turbine fan

    alll of this is running on a single fan 250w power supply
    is this bad ?

    what happens to your computer if it does not have a large enough power supply ?

    is having a very powerful power supply important to ocing?
    i am looking in to ocing
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Looks very bad. I had a machine running a lower spec with similar power supply and it died - killing most of the hardware with it.

    Should be looking for a 480W PSU to support all the components and future proofing for upgrades. Each component consumes different amount of power ranging from 5W in Optical drives to 95W in CPUs (more in Pentium 4s).
    They all add up so having something like a 480W just makes people feel more comfortable with their system without having to worry about the machine choking.
     
  3. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    Yes that is very very very bad. You should stop using that pc soon as possible and make a trip to the store or order a new PSU.
     
  4. yea get the psu i have it's cool, Antec True550 it's 550w
     
  5. onimkron

    onimkron OSNN Senior Addict

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    I definitely agree; a 270w psu is not enough with that config. I had an older athlon 1.1ghz rig with 2 optical drives and old tnt2 graphics card with a 300w psu, and that didn't last too long. Getting a reliable psu now would mean less to upgrade in the future :)
     
  6. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    good news guys i just got a 450 watt power supply
     
  7. i said 550 not 450... oh well congrats :) i used to have a 480 now your computer will be running efficently
     
  8. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    550 is overkill for his setup, 450 is pleanty of power (as long as you dont go SLi or anything like that). What kind did you pick up iceman? Did you invest into a nice quality name brand PSU? ie. Enermax, Antec, etc...?
     
  9. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    450 isnt necessarrily plenty of power...

    You should pay more attention to power output. You can have a 550w psu only giving 15A on +12v whcih is just as bad as running all that off of a 250w cheapy.

    Ideally you want a 480W psu giving 20a or more on +12v otherwise you're overloading the psu and reducing its service life
     
  10. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    I didnt know that, but knowing the PSU manufacturer and model number could answer that question :p
     
  11. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    Hey Lord - but you haven't said teh T brand yet? :p ;) (T..T...T... Tagan.... OOoooops /me said it!) :lick: :laugh: :rolleyes:
     
  12. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    it is a madd dog it cost 80 bucks so i didnt cheap out
    it cane with 3 fans so it might actually keep my case cooler
     
  13. LordOfLA

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    Tagan.......