First You Have to Promise Not to Laugh

By captaincranky
Jul 7, 2008
  1. I just bought a "screamer" of a video card, this Biostar GT8500 (yes that's a "5");

    It's in my Gigabyte G-31, Intel e2200, 2GB RAM, 2 DVD burner + 2HDD machine.

    The comp is built in a Cooler Master "Centurion" RC541 case, a "MicroATX tower.
    This came with a "390 Watt PSU", this one;

    OK, here's the question. The video card is claiming only a 300 watt minimum PSU is necessary. This PSU is wired specifically for MATX, since it only has as many connections as are required for the case's drive bays (2 SATA). So, I'd like to continue using it, since an aftermarket PSU would have twice the amount of wires coming out of it, and the case is already a rat's nest.

    Plan "B" is to yank it, and install an Antec EA-380, (brand new spare), and start stuffing wires .

    What should I do? What would you do?
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Modular psu. Neat, tidy, no extra wires.

    edit: I forgot - hahahahahahahah!!!!
  3. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    Modular is indeed a very good answer. Go to Lots of modular power supplies by Ultra, and the prices are good. Also, http://www. has a huge selection of power supplies.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That Cooler Master PSU is rubbish. Replace with a better PSU (preferably modular, as suggested above) ASAP to avoid an eMachines-like fried PSU + mobo scenario.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    google psu calculator, and add 30% to the results. Then get a decent PSU.
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