Using my old PSU

By beef_jerky4104
Apr 3, 2007
  1. Finally! I've raised the money to buy a new PC. It will be using some older components until I can afford the newer ones.

    Tech Specs:
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz AM2
    Biostar tForce 550 AM2 Motherboard
    Corsair Value Select 1GB (512MB x2) DDR2-667 RAM
    eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS 256MB
    Maxtor Diamondmax 200GB PATA-133
    Emprex 18X DVD-RW Drive
    Lite-on 16X DVD-RW Drive
    SYBA IDE Controller (will control the DVD Drives)
    Generic 80mm LED fans x3
    Generic 80mm Standard fans x2
    Apevia Turbo-Link 500W PSU

    Now I'll be using that 500W PSU for sometime until I can afford something along the lines of a 650 or 700W PSU. I used the PSU calcualator and it cam out to 293W.

    My PSU:

    Still I've learned to spend money on PSUs.

    Speedfans reported Voltages with my current PC:

    Vcore1: 1.39V
    Vcore2: 2.54V
    +3.3V: 3.33V
    +5V1: as low as 1.68V
    -12V: -3.80V
    -5V: -2.04V
    +5V2: 4.87

    For some reason I have 2 +5Vs. I'm guessing ones the +5VSB. Which one would that be? And will the info I gave should my current PSU hold out to the load?

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    That is a decent power supply unless you are a gamer or heavy user of graphics for photo editing... in which case you need a better quality unit, with separate rails, and constant regulation of output.
  3. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 822

    That PSU does have seperate +12V rails.

    +12V1 is rated at 16A
    +12V2 is rated at 18A

    I do game a lot so I'll mention some games which I'll have to beat over again.

    Halo Combat Evolved
    Star Wars Republic Commando
    Doom 3
    Fary Cry
    Project Snow blind
    Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 1: Source
    Area 51 by midway
    Quake III Arena
    Quake IV
    Doom 3 ROE
    Counter-Strike: Source
    GTA: San Andreas
    Master of Orion (Moo very old 1993 Game. I have to use a DOS emulator to play)
    Master of Orion 2 (1995)
    The Sims

    And some others that I forgot to mention.
  4. TaNaKa52

    TaNaKa52 TS Rookie

    My alienware with a full custom case (about 4-7 strobe lights), 2gb of ram, Radeon X1900, Neons in each fan(x4), and a Liquid cooling system can run on that PSU Alone. Ive tested it in HL2 and Quake 3 and i get an average of 120fps. Very good PSU for the price.
  5. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 822

    Thanks for your input.
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