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Windows 7: Will my PSU be ok for this graphics card??

10 Feb 2010   #1
grx

Win7 x64
 
 
Will my PSU be ok for this graphics card??

I decided to upgrade my old and low performance geforce 7100gs to a low performance evga 9400gt. On the evga website it says it requires at least 300W power supply with 18A on the +12V rail.

So i opened my pc and looked at my AOpen PSU, it said "DC Output: 300w". "It should be enough", thought. I installed it with win 7 and played games like GRID (obviously with the drivers updated). It worked apparently fine. Only sometimes GRID closed unexpectedly (Could it be related?). But after a week i noticed that the PSU has only 8A and 14A on the +12V1 and the +12V2 rail. I've heard you can't just add them to obtain how many amp it really has.

Thus, the question is: Is it enough for my graphics card?. Also i don't understand why is that electric current necesary on the +12V, considering the 9400gt don't even need external power¿?

*Uploaded the photo of the psu for you to check it.
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Hope some expert can solve my doubt...




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10 Feb 2010   #2
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

That PSU is OEM junk. I would keep this PC as a media server and build a new one for 7 - your resources are not enough for GRID or 7 - not enough RAM or CPU power. As for the 9400GT, it depends on the model. Don't install it, that PSU isn't suitable.
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10 Feb 2010   #3
Kipper

 

yep, a good quality Power Supply so very critical to system health and component longevity. you will find PSU calculators at most of the manufacturers sites.

Good advise above from Frostmourne, start a new build and I would recommend after you have the rest of your components identified then go to a reputable PSU site (Enermax, SliverStone, Corsair, to name a few) and pick up a PSU that will afford you future upgrades to boot.
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11 Feb 2010   #4
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi grx,

The reason you need high amperage on the +12 volt rail is because basically everything in a modern computer runs off it it.

A few things to note:

Don't be deceived by PSU's that claim to have dual, triple and quad +12 volt rails; they're not. Yes, true dual rail PSU's exist, but they're rare, hard to find and a bit pricey. What you'll most often find is that the manufacturer has simply "split" the +12 volt rail. This isn't optimal because once slit, power cannot move back and force between rails if the system needs it... your conclusions were correct.

Don't be overly concerned with overall wattage. Makers sell insane PSU's these days despite the reality that most, if not all purchasers will never come even close to using all that power. http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...m-wattage.html

What you want is a moderately priced PSU that's a quality build. There are only a few name brands where you basically just cannot go wrong: PC Power & Cooling, Zippy and Seasonic. For all the rest of the PSU's out there, you're going to have to pick the right model because, for example, while OCZ, Silverstone and Enermax do make some very good PSU's, they can and do also churn out some garbage.

It is always best if you do a little research on your motherboard. Just because you have a great board and a great PSU does not mean they will play nice together. This doesn't happen often, but it can and does... although admittedly it's less frequent these days.

Here's a list of PSU's to consider. There are others of course, but this is a list of hardware that's been thoroughly tested: Official XS Power Supply Ranking Phase I - XtremeSystems Forums

Pick one that has high amperage on a single +12 volt rail, that also comes with a multi-year warranty. Happy shopping.
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11 Feb 2010   #5
krazymate

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

onest i wouldnt build a new machine theres really no point in wasteing your money on a new build when you just can buy a new PSU which is what ? 400W and will work fine
youy can pick them up in stores now for no less than 20 quid
thats if you didnt want to build a new system which i really dont see the point in doing
because you might already be happy with the one you got
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11 Feb 2010   #6
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A $20.00 cheaply constructed power supplies is definitely not recommended. While CPU's, graphics cards and RAM get all the glory, the PSU is really the heart of any system... but sadly, it gets no love. If your power supply isn't sufficiently strong, sufficiently stable and able to provide clean power all that fancy stuff won't mean squat... voltage errors aren't easy to diagnose because they're not always easy to reproduce.
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11 Feb 2010   #7
grx

Win7 x64
 
 

well thanks. grid and win7 worked fine, but that's not what mattered to me. I just recently began to modify my pc, so i was wondering about the PSU. I noticed its quality wasn't good, so now i'm looking for one, not so expensive but with more wattage, and a good amperage +12V single rail.
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11 Feb 2010   #8
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grx View Post
well thanks. grid and win7 worked fine, but that's not what mattered to me. I just recently began to modify my pc, so i was wondering about the PSU. I noticed its quality wasn't good, so now i'm looking for one, not so expensive but with more wattage, and a good amperage +12V single rail.
Corsair HX 620w should be enough for your usage.
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11 Feb 2010   #9
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grx View Post
well thanks. grid and win7 worked fine, but that's not what mattered to me. I just recently began to modify my pc, so i was wondering about the PSU. I noticed its quality wasn't good, so now i'm looking for one, not so expensive but with more wattage, and a good amperage +12V single rail.
Corsair HX 620w should be enough for your usage.
I concur. I have had a Corsair HX520 for 3 years. It has been reliable through all my upgrades and remains as quiet as the day I got it. Corsair was also cool enough to send me out some additional SATA power cables since the HX520 only came with 4 connectors.
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13 Feb 2010   #10
sbrads

Windows 7
 
 

Another vote for a Corsair HX 520w. Reliable, efficient and quiet and it CAN share current amongst its 3x12v @18A supplies if needed (so Corsair say). The highest power I've seen it have to draw from the mains supply is only 115w though during an Intel stress test, with an overclocked 3.4Ghz E7300 C2Duo, 4Gb, Nvidia 9500GT, 3 HD, 2 DVDR/W type of system. It's gamer graphics cards that are the real power hungry devices in a system these days, and a basic card that runs direct from PCI-e is only going to use a few tens of watts.
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