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Do I need more power?

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#1 Venek


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:47 AM

Hiya folks,

I'm currently shopping for a new CPU and a pair of video cards to extend the life of my rig for a couple of more years. The only thing I'm curious about is whether or not I should also get a new PSU to compensate for the new parts. First of all, here are the current specs of my rig:

PSU: CoolMax CUG-700B 700 Watts (older model, bought in Jan. 2007)
Motherboard: EVGA nForce 680i SLI
CPU: E6600 Conroe 2.4 Intel Core 2 Duo (OC'ed to 3.4)
RAM: 6 GB Corsair Dominator (tweaked to 378mhz for 1:1 ratio w/CPU)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit (of course!)
Video Card: 2 EVGA Akimbo Superclocked 8800GT

I'm planning to upgrade the CPU to E8400 Wolfdale 3.0 and the video cards to a pair of EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked (Fermi).

With the mods I've done to my computer, the current PSU works just fine with no problems. Now, do you think I should also bump up my PSU to handle the new parts as well as the mods I plan to do? (I figured 850W is plenty safe and allows for future builds). I'd much rather stay with the current PSU in the interest of saving money, though.

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:29 PM

Power wise, you should be fine with that PSU, however, hardware wise, no, that video card-if Im not mistaken takes 2 6 pin PCI express power cables per card. That Power supply only has 2 total, so you will either have to find more PCI express cables (its modular) adaptors from molex to PCI express or a different PSU.



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Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:59 PM

newegg shows 1 6 pin and an adapter to make another from a regular power connector

There are 3 models of that card, they seem to be discontinued tho

Edited by DaChew, 26 October 2010 - 03:11 PM.


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