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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys,

I want to run a mini itx mobo with a 95 tdp processor (quad amd). The power supply the case comes with is rated at 200watts, even though I know its prob not even that. I'm not looking for a gaming cpu, but i want the video card to be better then the onboard 4250..

I want to just throw in a radeon 6570 or similar, but I dont know if the psu will be able to handle the video card, processor and two 7200 hard drives in a raid setup with such low output..

I know its impossible for anyone to say for sure until I actually try but i thought maybe someone out there has somewhat of a similar setup and their expieriences. Ordering a better psu isnt completely out of the question, but I just want to know if i should plan on it.

Here are some links to some of the parts I'm considering..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-659-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-441-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-241-_-Product
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Hatemode View Post
Hey guys,

I want to run a mini itx mobo with a 95 tdp processor (quad amd). The power supply the case comes with is rated at 200watts, even though I know its prob not even that. I'm not looking for a gaming cpu, but i want the video card to be better then the onboard 4250..

I want to just throw in a radeon 6570 or similar, but I dont know if the psu will be able to handle the video card, processor and two 7200 hard drives in a raid setup with such low output..

I know its impossible for anyone to say for sure until I actually try but i thought maybe someone out there has somewhat of a similar setup and their expieriences. Ordering a better psu isnt completely out of the question, but I just want to know if i should plan on it.

Here are some links to some of the parts I'm considering..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-659-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-441-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-241-_-Product
Don't even think about it
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Don't even think about it
This.


Just don't do it.
post #4 of 15
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haha ok =[
think it would be ok without the video card otherwise tho?
post #5 of 15
Not in ANY lifetime... maybe in your...nvm not even in your dreams
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post #6 of 15
I'd recommend looking into a lower TDP CPU, not just for power reasons but also due to heat.
Do you actually need a quad core? I'd suggest looking at the Intel Core i3 2100T.

Regardless, the most frustrating part about picking a Mini-ITX case is that a lot of them come with PSUs, and incidentally a lot of those cases are sold by companies that are also known for selling the absolute crappiest PSUs, so I'm not inclined to trust the PSUs that come with those cases, except the Antec ISK cases.
post #7 of 15
Yes you could, but no you shouldn't.

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-R...m-GPUs/?page=5

They used an Core i7 980X (3.3GHz) with an HD 6570, total power draw at outlet was 181W which means 200W should be sufficient, however you have to consider the efficiency of the power supply, even at 85% efficiency you will be short.

Go with at least a 300W to be safe.
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post #8 of 15
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ok yeah maybe ill just go the micro atx case route, and use my decent psu..
i really want a small case tho but limits me on so many things =\\
post #9 of 15
Swap to a dual core, and throw in a 5450 or the like, and make sure all the C1E and power saving is enabled, and you'll be fine.
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post #10 of 15
It depends on how hard you use it. The only ones I'd trust are Antec as others have said. I've seen the internals on their power bricks and open frame DC/DC converters and they are quite good. Better than some of that other junk. I've never seen the inside of an Inwin low-watter, but I don't think they would be terrible, but not as good as something like an Antec.
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