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Here's something I probably don't want to skip over and forget for the new pc I will be putting together.

I'm hoping to be going with a i5 or i7 build either 3xxx or 4xxx, still undecided, but I want to know if my psu is still ok to use. A lot has changed since it came out, it was good in its day, but probably about average or a bit below by today's standards.

I'm mostly concerned about the power states that these new cpu's have, if there will be any problem with an older power supply, or how it may effect overclocking in the short/long run.

Currently using an Ultra X3 800w, I think I bought it in about 2008. Still works fine as far as I can tell, and it should have plenty of power output, although just not very efficient.

Thanks for your input biggrin.gif
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No just no

its not Ultra bad

But its not great either both voltage regulation and ripple are not really great

its old it gets loud and hot and with average voltage regulation and ripple the answer is no
Edited by shilka - 11/26/13 at 1:37pm
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

No just no

its not Ultra bad

But its not great either both voltage regulation and ripple are not really great

its old it gets loud and hot and with average voltage regulation and ripple the answer is no

So not "no" because it is incompatible, but "no" just because it is inferior/old then? I was curious if the newer cpu/mobos required an updated PSU due to some spec changes or something.
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So not "no" because it is incompatible, but "no" just because it is inferior/old then? I was curious if the newer cpu/mobos required an updated PSU due to some spec changes or something.

No you can use a 10 year old PSU as long as it has a 24 pin

Does not mean that you should

I say 5 years is a decent lifespan

If you upgrade to a new one you will waste less power

So it will earn itself back within a few years

Be happy you did not have the Ultra LS/LSP or X4 those are crap the X3 is better but not by much
Edited by shilka - 11/26/13 at 1:48pm
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when haswell is in a low power state older psus have trouble going in or out of the lower power states which can cause blue screens and or damage to your system so it is best to upgrade your psu to a new unit also the ultra brand units are not very good units to use for higher end rigs they all run hot in my experience and its not recommended to use a psu thats more then 5 years old for a new system id recommend upgrading it to a newer unit depending on what you need they system in your sig would run fine with a 550w so depending on what you plan to run in your new system an 800w is probably overkill
Edited by ozlay - 11/26/13 at 1:55pm
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So not "no" because it is incompatible, but "no" just because it is inferior/old then? I was curious if the newer cpu/mobos required an updated PSU due to some spec changes or something.

No you can use a 10 year old PSU as long as it has a 24 pin

Does not mean that you should

I say 5 years is a decent lifespan

If you upgrade to a new one you will waste less power

So it will earn itself back within a few years

Be happy you did not have the Ultra LS/LSP or X4 those are crap the X3 is better but not by much

Oh yes, I'm well aware that Ultra as a whole had mostly crap PSU offerings, and this one has certainly had a good run. thumb.gif
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when haswell is in a low power state older psus have trouble going in or out of the lower power states which can cause blue screens and or damage to your system so it is best to upgrade your psu to a new unit also the ultra brand units are not very good units to use for higher end rigs they all run hot in my experience and its not recommended to use a psu thats more then 5 years old for a new system id recommend upgrading it to a newer unit depending on what you need they system in your sig would run fine with a 550w so depending on what you plan to run in your new system an 800w is probably overkill

Good, that was the info I was looking for. biggrin.gif

Thanks both of ya.
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