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How much can I run off a PicoPSU?

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I was thinking of making a machine with the goal to minimize the size. I am still early in the planning stages, but I was thinking of trying out a Pico PSU to nix the huge box the power supply represents.

I am wondering, though, just how much I can power off of one.
The highest rated Pico PSU can do 160 watts, comes on a 24 pin connector and has a 4 pin aux connector, a molex connector and a sata connector, and can have an additional cable with another molex and sata plug on it, but you can never really go off the connectors.

Is 160 Watts enough to run a decent motherboard and a fairly good GPU, or would such a build be relegated to general computing and/or an HTPC?
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You could use an APU build as well
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To be honest, Llano is the first thing I thought of, but I am not all that familiar with it. I know the graphics are pretty good, but I am not so sure on how good they are. I could have swore I heard something about them being on the level of the 6500 series, and I believe they are supposed to support hybrid crossfire.

Would such a system be powerful enough to be a legitimate gaming system, and would I have enough power to run the GPU?
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I guess with some adapters you may be able to run like a Core i3-2100 and HD 5770, both preferably undervolted.

To be really safe, Core i3-2100T (power consumption in practice just several watts under normal i3-2100 in worst case) and HD 6670, the best slot-only power graphics card, should be easily possible. I think that counts as legitimate gaming.

Lots of laptops that people use for gaming have power bricks well under 160W.
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Originally Posted by mikeaj;15384178 
I guess with some adapters you may be able to run like a Core i3-2100 and HD 5770, both preferably undervolted.

To be really safe, Core i3-2100T (power consumption in practice just several watts under normal i3-2100 in worst case) and HD 6670, the best slot-only power graphics card, should be easily possible. I think that counts as legitimate gaming.

Lots of laptops that people use for gaming have power bricks well under 160W.

Agree with this.
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Originally Posted by BirdofPrey;15382712 
Is 160 Watts enough to run a decent motherboard and a fairly good GPU

No. Well, not if your definition of "fairly good GPU" is anything close to mine. Best you can do would be some low wattage CPU (Core i3-2100T would be good) and any PCIe x16 graphics card that does NOT need any additional 6-pin power, such as a GeForce GT 440 or Radeon 6670.
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