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So I've got an old PSU that I bought back ~2005. It's currently in use. It's billed as a 400 watt PSU. I'm building a new desktop computer for the parents that isn't going to do anything more extreme than candy crush. Just that, word processing, email, etc..

Here are the specs, more if needed:

-It's a FSP Group model AX400-PN
-DC Output: 350 (400 max)

So here's my current build:


http://i.imgur.com/l2n7gw6.png

Is this enough? I also noticed/remembered that the main power connector to the mobo had an adaptor, shouldn't be a problem though.

Currently the computer has an old Gfx card in it, a 4670 I believe that requires a 6 pin. I assume this isn't even needed with AMD's APU's?

So should I get a new PSU or is this one enough? It's worked well for years. Obviously I'm trying to build a system as cheap as possible without sacrificing quality.
Edited by Esperante - 10/19/13 at 10:14pm
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Wouldn't trust any new parts with a 2005 psu.

Just get another one and avoid future head aches.
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^^^^ This.

Some older PSU are high quality units and will continue to serve well, that FSP model, I'm not so sure. You don't need anything extravagant for that build, a quality 420W unit would be more than enough. If it were my build, I'd use a new PSU.

The HD 4670 didn't require a PCIe 6-pin connector, at least most of them didn't. It was low enough power to run off the PCIe bus power, which with a x16 slot is limited to 75 watts.

If you can stretch the budget, get the A10-5800K for just a little more money, and bump the memory to an DDR3-1866 set to speed up the GPU. the A8/A10 make good use of 1866 RAM.

Greg
Edited by hammong - 10/19/13 at 10:22pm
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Its an ancient FSP PSU

Really 8 years is very old

Think that if you are going to build a new PC that you should get a new PSU as well
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The PSU would theoretically work fine, but I have to agree with Mr Short here. PSUs are the analog component, they have a finite life, they are cheap, and they are the thing most likely to kill a computer. The APU will probably be faster than the video card anyway. You could sell it on ebay and get enough money for a new PSU plus a few bucks.
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Ok, it seems like a better idea to start fresh, I'll pick up a 400-500 watt PSU.
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^^^^ This.

Some older PSU are high quality units and will continue to serve well, that FSP model, I'm not so sure. You don't need anything extravagant for that build, a quality 420W unit would be more than enough. If it were my build, I'd use a new PSU.

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You're right on the gfx card, I checked it out.
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post #7 of 7
FSP makes good PSUs but often, like almost all manufacturers, cheapens out and builds them with bad brands of capacitors. I have some Antec 500W Basiqs made by FSP that contain awful CapXon brand capacitors, and some of those caps rotted just in storage. BTW any electronics you stash away should be taken out every 3-6 months and run for an hour, to keep the caps from rotting. If you do that, then good brand caps can easily last 10 years.
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