Is this PSU Enough?

By wingnut13
Nov 9, 2008
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  1. Hey everyone. I have a Dell XPS 420. I put this aftermarket PSU into it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703016
    It maxes out at 550W. But is a good quality of PSU. Will it run my system with a GTX 260 in it? Thanks.

    Windows Vista Home 32 Bit
    Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0Ghz
    EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB (Right now it has a 8800GT)
    Sound Blaster Etreme Music
    TV Tuner Card
    2 X 320 GB 7200 RPM HDD in RAID 0
    2 X DVD -RW Drives
    4GB 800Mhz RAM
    Assorted Neon lights in case
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,675   +152

    There is a bad link to the Newegg power supply here
  3. wingnut13

    wingnut13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,675   +152

  5. wingnut13

    wingnut13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    I know the only reason i didnt go higher is because i needed a Dell compatible PSU.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,675   +152

    Dell compatibility shouldn't be an issue
  7. wingnut13

    wingnut13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Can i put any ATX PSU in my XPS? I have been told by alot of people that Dell make special Power supplies. If i can use any psu there are alot better choices i would like to use. Thanks.
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Your system should run fine with that PSU.
  9. hynesy

    hynesy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 445

    Here (http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine) is a great tool for working out your rough power consumption, just remember it is just a guide, and some PSU's cannot run at there rated wattage because there just crap, so always leave some head room. I just checked mine and realised my setup is rated at 333 watts, no wonder my old generic PSU crapped out, it was only rated for 240 watts. :p
    Cheers
    hynesy
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Add 30% to the results you get from any PSU calculator for a more accurate idea of your power requirements.
  11. hynesy

    hynesy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 445

    Thanks for the specific "headroom" Rage ;)
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,675   +152

    the power supply you originally picked was a generic ATX power supply. Dell hasn't used "special" supplies in quite a while, so you are fee to pick what you want. Anything over $100 is overkill and a waste of money
  13. wingnut13

    wingnut13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thanks to everyone for all of your input! This helped alot.
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    google psu calculator. Add 30% to the results and buy quality. Go to tomshardware.com and read their PSU reviews.
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