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I have had my current psu for 5 years, 3months. I have been running alot of benchmarks lately and I getting afraid that this old power supply is going to pop. By budget is tight, but I would rather not risk destroying components. When I am running benchmarks, my computer is consuming about 450W. I know this from a P3 Kill A Watt. What do you think? Keep it or upgrade?
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I have had my current psu for 5 years, 3months. I have been running alot of benchmarks lately and I getting afraid that this old power supply is going to pop. By budget is tight, but I would rather not risk destroying components. When I am running benchmarks, my computer is consuming about 450W. I know this from a P3 Kill A Watt. What do you think? Keep it or upgrade?

Wow, you've really gotten a lot of use out of that PSU! My machines run nearly continuously for about 3 - 4 years before the PSU's go. 5+ is really good and I'd be looking for a new one if you're having any problems. A 430w PSU can be bought very inexpensively.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199 is a good deal and recommended on the OCN PSU list.


This one comes out a bit cheaper after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
Edited by Quesoblanco - 3/8/12 at 6:59pm
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I know this is not really that cheap but hey it's a good deal for 650w 80+ platinum.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371056
post #5 of 15
XFX 550w

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

I wouldn't get the Corsair above...its rated at 600w, but its not 600w on the 12V rail. its only 480w.

The rosewill is better... its at 492w, but still cutting close if you are maxing out at 450w.

The XFX is 528w on the 12v rail, lots of head room for you at only $58 after rebates. Its also BRONZE rated.
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post #6 of 15
You'rcurrent PSU is fine, aslo 450W at the wall on that particular unit means ~350W actuall load wink.gif
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If it was me, I'd replace it. I read quick review on that PSU from back when it was new, and I'm surprised that it's lasted you that long.

If you're pulling 450W from the wall, then you can probably get away with a 450W PSU as a replacement. If you can ever find it in stock, the Rosewill Capstone 450W is the best PSU in that category. Others exist, but there aren't many good ones and you'll pay through the nose for a quality unit.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199 is a good deal and recommended on the OCN PSU list.

Good suggestion, but I'd recommend the newer version, the Capstone 550W. The only reason it's not on the Recommended List is because the list hasn't been updated in a while.
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Ya but that's another 30 dollars +tax that he doesnt need to spend
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post #9 of 15
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Wow, so many responses for power supplies, thanks everyone!

I read a while ago that its a good idea to stay below 70% of the PSU rating. Most of you guys are suggesting I 100%?
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post #10 of 15
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Wow, so many responses for power supplies, thanks everyone!
I read a while ago that its a good idea to stay below 70% of the PSU rating. Most of you guys are suggesting I 100%?

That's incorrect, generally accepted ignorance taken as factual knowledge is more common on such boards than informed opinions and advised suggestions... as with all info seeking endeavors, you need to be able to distinguish between spam/marketing/ignorance and valuable contributions/suggestions... don't swallow everything you're being told, the vast majority of these people can't tie their shoelaces alone, never mind understanding the innards and underlying principles of such a complex piece of kit, the Power Supply.
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