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Can my PSU take the extra load?

By CMH
Jul 27, 2005
  1. Currently I have this computer running: (scroll down, summary below)
    Field Value
    Computer
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name USER-EE3E15817F
    User Name USER

    Motherboard
    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 1800 MHz (9 x 200) 2800+
    Motherboard Name DFI K8M800-MLV(F) / K8M800 Infinity (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA K8M800, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 448 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (11/29/04)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display
    Video Adapter VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP (64 MB)
    Video Adapter VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP (64 MB)
    3D Accelerator VIA/S3 UniChrome Pro
    Monitor LiquidVideo A150X1/X2 [15" LCD] (000000001)

    Multimedia
    Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

    Storage
    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive WDC WD800JB-00FMA0 (74 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive SONY DVD RW DRU-720A (DVD+R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions
    C: (NTFS) 20842 MB (16537 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 55466 MB (40806 MB free)
    Total Size 74.5 GB (56.0 GB free)

    Input
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse

    Network
    Network Adapter VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter (172.19.195.234)

    Peripherals
    Printer hp psc 1200 series
    Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device hp psc 1200 series
    USB Device psc 1200 (DOT4USB)
    USB Device USB Composite Device
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device
    USB Device USB Printing Support

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------

    AMD64 2800+
    512mb ram
    onboard graphics & sound
    80gb WD HDD
    DVDRW
    2x60mm casing fans.

    All this is a 200W micro ATX casing.


    I'm thinking of adding a Gigabyte 6600GT AGP graphics (I've got the CGP slot for it) but I'm worried about the power consumption. Apparently the CPU alone already takes up 84W.

    I want to play Battlefields2, and the onboard graphics is not giving me the experience I'm looking for.
     
  2. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    Also, if my PSU can't support it, can a normal ATX power supply fit into this micro-ATX casing? The current PSU doesn't look like the normal size, its definately shorter, but not sure if the faceplate size is the same.
     
  3. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    any help here?
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Your PSU is totally inadequate for your purposes.
    Get a new reliable 400W or over PSU, price around $100 AUS.
    e.g. Fortron FSP400-60PN, Antec TruePower 2.0 True430 or Enermax EG425P-VE Noisetaker
    Found here: http://www.shopbot.com.au/c-111-0-360-1.html
     
  5. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    Yeah, but I'm not sure if its'll fit in the current spot, or I'd have gone running out to buy one.

    Is there another size that is available out there thats smaller to ATX?
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Get the measurements of your current PSU, compare with those of a standard PSU
    150*140*86mm
    Here they have probably the largest selection in the world, in different sizes as well
    http://www.directron.com/powersupplies.html
     
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,039   +9

    Ohuh, I don't think this one is the standard atx then....

    Also, I don't live in the US, and I don't really want to buy anything offshore, makes warranty claims a huge problem.
     
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Get the make/model info from Directron, then find the Aussie importer.
     
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