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Will I have enough power?

By someone153
Dec 31, 2005
  1. Im going to get a new power supply. ASPIRE ATX-AS600W-BL ATX12V/ EPS12V 600W Power Supply 115/230 V CB IEC 950/ TUV EN 60950/ UL 1950/ CSA 950

    Im getting a eVGA 256-P2-N384 Geforce 6800 256MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card. This needs a 300W power supply.

    If I have:

    1 CD/DVD drive
    1 Floppy drive
    2 hd (1 internal, 1 extrenal)
    600W power supply

    If I get the video card which needs 300W, will it have enough power for it to run?
     
  2. Lasserith

    Lasserith TS Rookie

    yes you will :D
     
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Just to clarify..


    The requirement of 300w does not mean that the card will use all 300w. Rather it means that the total power (all of the components) need a 300 watt PSU.

    But that is a bit conservative estimate in my opinon.

    But With a 600 watt PSU (if it is of good quality) should be more then enough to power you rig.
     
  4. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Would a 500W be fine then.
     
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I think the better question is to ask how much you looking to spend.

    Yes many 500 watts will power that system with not trouble, but if you get a cheap-o power supply (no matter the wattage) you risk lock-ups restarts, and a general pain in the a**.

    Many people over look PSUs when upgrading their machine, then with the last few dollars in their budget spring for a low quality PSU, which is a bad idea.


    We could of course give you some recomendations, but it would help to know how much you looking to spend.

    Here are a few that i know of from expirence that are good

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104155

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103929
     
  6. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

  7. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Posts: 200

  8. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Will the 430W be enough power for the video card too though.
     
  9. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Posts: 200

    I would say so. You could get a cheaper power supply at 600w from some generic maker but that doesn't mean that it is better.
     
  10. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

  11. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    stay away from that cooler master.

    Yes that antec (430W) will power you system very nicely. Antec is a very high end brand, and you will not be dissapointed.

    I would not spend less then 50 or 60 bucks on a PSU. High wattage at a low cost is nota good idea.
     
  12. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

    This is the best place to read about PSU's http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=792566

    Cooler Master and FSP hold down the low price end.

    I have a Cooler Master 350w Real Power, I runs my 530j at 4ghz with a radeon 9600. I don't know your cpu, but a 4ghz prescott uses much power.

    I also have a Antec True Power 430 and a FSP 450w. They power comps on the same desk. One day I had a glitch in my power. The computer with the FSP restarted and and one with the Antec kept on fine. Both are pluged into the same UPS with a dead battery.
     
  13. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Im not doubting your story at all...i own a prescott, and while they are power hungry, theyve got nothing on a 6800 (as far as power consumption)

    Like i said go with the antec (FSP are not bad though)

    Sean
     
  14. truflip

    truflip TS Rookie Posts: 390

    Fortron power supplies are the only ones who underrate their PSU. so 400watt is actually underrated. expect that to be a solid PSU.

    as recommended by others u should get the FSP:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104953

    these PSUs are the most solid and highest quality for someone on a budget.

    if ur not, then definitely move up to an antec or enermax brand
     
  15. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    My budget is $40 max. I think that will work quiet nicely.
     
  16. truflip

    truflip TS Rookie Posts: 390

    then the forton 400watt PSU is right for u. it has the best value and also has a super quiet 120mm fan. I have the 450watt version and hasnt give ne sign of defect or poor performance wahtsoever. highly recommended brand :grinthumb
     
  17. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Would it workin a dell?
     
  18. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 462

    Funny, I never seen I heat sink on a GPU like the ones used on CPUs.

    And 195 five egg reveiws(some with a 6800) for that PSU (not that newegg reviews mean much) may mean something.
     
  19. Ruder

    Ruder TS Rookie Posts: 98

    FSP ratings are too low on 3.3V & 5V.

    Antec is better.
     
  20. truflip

    truflip TS Rookie Posts: 390

    definitely.. unless dell built the computer case and built their own PSUs so u can only use theirs n only theirs :S i havent had any problems intalling an aftermarket PSU on a 'proprietary' company liek Dell
     
  21. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    well the older dells did have proprietary PSUs.
     
  22. beerabuser30

    beerabuser30 TS Enthusiast Posts: 200

    Some Dell PSU's are screwy sizes might want to take it out and compare sizes to the ones online.
     
  23. someone153

    someone153 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    My dell is about 3 years old. Ok I won't oder a psu until I get home.
     
  24. Bender99

    Bender99 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Should be able to heat your home now with your computer system. :grinthumb
     
  25. zachig

    zachig TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I'm not experienced with ASPIRE Power Supplies, but if this PSU is a decent one with real Pure Power of 600W I bet your can run with it even 2x7800GTX in SLI-mode. You shouldn't be worried at all!!!

    Enjoy you new system!!!
     
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