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post #1 of 5
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is there a way to see how much power your pc uses from the power supply? I currently have a 450 watt psu but its insanely loud, my brother is giving me his old one which is 400watt and very very quiet, not sure if its enough its 50 watts less.
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AMD 64 3700+ GA-K8N51PVMT-9 BFG Geforce7900 256MBGTOC Ballistix 1GB pc3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
seagate 40gb + 60gb XP sp2 17" TFT 12ms Saitek Eclipse 
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450watt QPAK MX510 
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seagate 40gb + 60gb XP sp2 17" TFT 12ms Saitek Eclipse 
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post #2 of 5
A 400W should be fine for your rig mate.

You can buy PSU monitors but they are quite expensive and not needed.
    
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2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250Gb WD [Raid 0]|400Gb Seagate 7200.10 Sony Sata Dual Layer DVD Writer Windows XP Pro 19" Asus WS (1440x900) 
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post #3 of 5
You could always try Google to search for an online PSU calculator. they aren't exactly the be all and end all, but they can give you a reasonable idea as to how much power your system needs.
post #4 of 5
If it's a PSU from a quality maker 400W it might be OK, from a cheap brand I'd be cautious. I'd look at how many amps it is rated for on the 12V rails. You'd want around 20A for your card.
    
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WDCaviar Black Intel X25-V Lite-On DH-4O1S Blu-Ray OCZ Vendetta 2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 Samsung 245BW Logitech G11 Corsair HX520W 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
ye its a zalman psu nice and quiet thanks guys!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 64 3700+ GA-K8N51PVMT-9 BFG Geforce7900 256MBGTOC Ballistix 1GB pc3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
seagate 40gb + 60gb XP sp2 17" TFT 12ms Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
450watt QPAK MX510 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 64 3700+ GA-K8N51PVMT-9 BFG Geforce7900 256MBGTOC Ballistix 1GB pc3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
seagate 40gb + 60gb XP sp2 17" TFT 12ms Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
450watt QPAK MX510 
  hide details  
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