Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-12-2005, 07:42 AM   #1
Beta Member
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1
Default Power supply

I am currently running on a 300W power supply which is what my video card recommends, but I also have a number of card readers, 6 USB ports, a firewire connection a dvd burner and dvd rom drive, a gig of ram (and so on) and have calculated my theoretical power needs to be somewhere around 315W. I have not seen any ill-effects but feel as though many of my computer's components are not getting the power necessary to run at peak efficiency and have noticed my video card running rather hot at times. I know a bigger power supply would be prudent but could I also expect to see a boost in my performance if I upgrade to say 400W?

rateofdecay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2005, 07:51 AM   #2
Golden Master
Kage's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 13,873
Send a message via MSN to Kage
Default Re: Power supply

I wouldn't expect you to see a performance boost, but what I do expect is that your PC won't be choking, so I don't know.

I'd update to at least a 400-450 watts, yeah.

The power supply would not be causing your graphics card to work any harder, so won't be causing the heat problems. Anyway, graphics cards are meant to run hot.

Hope this helps

Abit IP35 Pro / Q6600 G0 / Zalman 9700 / 8800GTS 640mb / 4x 2GB Corsair XMS / X-FI Xtreme M / 1x 1TB / Antec 900 / Logitech Z-5500 / Samsung 20inch
Kage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2005, 09:25 AM   #3
Fully Optimized
Dishdog's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,801
Default Re: Power supply

You have to remember that everything isn't running all at once so the 300 watt would be enough,but i would still get a higher watt PSU.
CPU-Intel Pentium 4 630 3.0Ghz / 2MB Cache ~~OS Windows XP SP2
MOBO-Gigabyte 8I915P Duo Pro Intel Socket 775 (PCI-E)~~HDD-Western Digital 160GB(SATA)
PSU-Aspire 500W ATX~~RAM-1GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (512x2 Dual Channel)
GPU-MSI GeForce 6600 GT(PCI Express)~~Monitor Viewsonic VA902B 19" 8ms~~ ATI TV Wonder Pro (TV Tuner)
~~Still to come~~: eVGA e-GeForce 7800 GT
Dishdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2005, 11:01 AM   #4
Wizard of Wires
setishock's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Not sure
Posts: 10,030
Default Plan ahead...

When buying a prebuilt or building your own it doesn't matter if not all devices will be "on" at once or not. Plan as if you have all of your devices running full demand at once. They may appear as if not doing anything but they are drawing power. I have a Allied 400watt psu and although the worse case senerieo is well under what it can do I would like to have more. So the double wide project has budgeted in a 500watt Allied. Actually I plan on building a psu designed by me for my power demands. Something along the lines of balanced power from all outputs.
setishock is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:03 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0