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Power supply too weak?

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I am going to be putting together a system within the next few days, important specs including a quad-core intel Q6600, one 250 gig 7200 RPM harddrive, and an 8800GT.

Right now, I have a 500 watt coolermaster PSU that is NIB sitting around, is that enough power for specs?

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Yes, 500W should be plenty for that setup.

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  • Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Would 450W be enough for three 500GB Seagate, and an 80GB HDD, a Radeon HD 2600XT, Q6700, a PCI-E 1x card, and a DG33TL motherboard?

    I know the processor alone is 95W, not sure abot everything else...

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  • RageRage Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    arod: If you plan on running SLI in the future, you'll want to plan on bumping up to a 600W+ PSU. There are two schools of thought on whether a single 12v+ rail is better\worse than 1-4 rails (load balancing and such), but I've always preferred at least 2 rails - 1 dedicated to CPU\mobo and 1 for your GPU at least.

    Nakatomi: Yes, but just barely. Depending on your cooling solution, you may see power drag-down under load, and you will *definitely* need to upgrade your overall amperage if you plan to overclock at all.

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  • arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    Bah, well this should work for now. PSU's are pretty easy to upgrade later

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  • Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    arod_77 wrote: »
    Bah, well this should work for now. PSU's are pretty easy to upgrade later

    Depends on the case, mine for example almost demands a modular power supply, otherwise cable management would be far worse than it is right now.... See link in my thread to see what I'm referring to...

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  • SaarutoSaaruto Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    i just got done building a new system, with a 3ghz core 2 duo, 3 HDDs (2 IDE at 200GB each and 1 SATA at 160GB), 2 optical drives, and a 8800GT. I had a 550 PSU, but it couldn't even run it. I bumped it up to a 650 and now it works like a charm. I'd recommend a 650W for any serious hardware (namely a graphics card) with multiple HDDs and optical drives.

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