Originally Posted by TwoCables
Oh wow. Omg. He's all excited too because he said he just upgraded from the E8200 and wants to overclock now. I didn't have the heart to comment on this "upgrade", but when I learned what PSU he has... well needless to say I came here as quickly as I could.
He also has two 9600 GTs in SLi. Maybe I should try to find a way to tell him how much of a risk this is. Perhaps I can tell him that there's a risk of a fire. I don't know. I don't want to lie. I want to give him the facts and I need to be convincing. All I know how to say is, "omg no don't do it!"
I like to use facts and figures with my friends before trying theatrics
Tell him this: The 9600 GT video cards have a 95w TDP, so that's 190w in SLI. The E8600 is a 65w TDP chip. Then you've got the motherboard, assorted peripherals (fans, hard drives, etc.) and so forth. It's not really safe to run all those items even at stock speeds
on a PSU that's really a low-quality 360w unit (despite the label's claims). It could overload, fail, and in the process destroy other components.
If that doesn't work, you can quote from Guru3D's review
of the 9600 where he says:"A second GeForce 9600 GT installed on this system requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit at minimum ... That power supply needs to have (in total) at least 36 Amps available on the 12 volts rails."Edited by svenge - 3/13/13 at 5:04pm