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Resurrecting an archaic BEAST - Power supply question in Alienware Aurora

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Hello all, been a while since I have been on the forums as work has been super busy lately.
Starting to get some motivation back to work on side projects so I have an oldie but goodie for you.
I have in my possession, a pc from a friend, that he want's the hardware updated, but he want's to re-use the case for nostalgic purposes and whatever else he can. Right now I am thinking the only part he is going to be re-using is the case and power supply. The dvd drives have to go as they are IDE and won't be compatible with newer hardware.
The cpu and motherboard, HA! yeah those are going. Vintage socket 939 socket with 2GB of DDR memory. As nice as they were at the time, it's time to retire them. Likely along with the graphics card.
My friend does not do much gaming anymore and just primarily uses the pc for internet browsing and at the very most some light gaming, nothing a higher end AMD APU wouldn't be able to handle.

So with all that out of the way my main question is, will the power supply still be good to use for a cheaper AMD system. I know it is a much older unit, but in an attempt to save a few bucks I am exploring the option of re-using it as it passed the power supply tester.
Here is the side sticker for you power supply guru, hopefully the same ones I used to chat at are still lingering the forums smile.gif
Also in the spoiler is the pic of the passed test Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I can't say what condition the rest of the hardware is in, and aside from the hard drive for data migration purposes, I could care less as it is all getting replaced.
Looking forward to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

Here are the rest of the pictures to spark some memories of old hardware smile.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






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I'm not one of the gurus, but I can tell you that this is basically a mediocre 550W PSU at best. It is a 650W PSU that claims a +12V capacity of only 504W. So if it's still in good condition, it should theoretically be fine.

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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

I'm not one of the gurus, but I can tell you that this is basically a mediocre 550W PSU at best. It is a 650W PSU that claims a +12V capacity of only 504W. So if it's still in good condition, it should theoretically be fine.

It is kinda what I was leaning towards, But my options are limited to AMD, from what I think I know the newer intel processors have certain specifications in power supplies that need to be there to operate efficiently. Not sure if it is just magic smoke or true facts but I will just be cautious for now as my friend is on a bit of a budget

EDIT: looking at the availability of APU ATX size boards at micro center currently i am thinking of exploring the intel option and advising a new psu with it.
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 8/31/16 at 4:45pm
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