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Want to go to a Q9450 soon... 400w enough?

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My sig rig... has a 400W power supply ( says 430...max but running says 400 so ill go with that)

the only upgrades ill see in the future would be some more ram maybe a 2x2gb set and a Q9450...

do you think my PSU will take that processor? and be stable , i wont overclock it much to begin with .... But i figure i would ask before i started saving for it
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I think it'll be fine as long as you don't OC it... i'm not 100% sure though.

400W is a rather small PSU nowadays.

Processors don't use much wattage though, and i'm not sure how much your 8400GS uses.


But a Q9450 and a 8400GS? Thats like a extreme good and then a extreme bad. (No offense.. just if your getting this processor to expect to see frame increases in games you'll be in for a let down)
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I think you might need a better psu like 550 watts. and does it say 430 peak and 400 continuous
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. and does it say 430 peak and 400 continuous
yes
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With a single 8400GS and two SATA drives...

You're fine. Cooler Master has a decent reputation and you won't be pulling even 400 at load. A 45nm Quad won't pull any more power than an overclocked Pentium with two cores at stock. You should be OK to OC, but I wouldn't go very far with it.
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Unless you're stealing the cpu or aren't playing any games... I would get a better video card and spend the money on a lower end CPU.
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Unless you're stealing the cpu or aren't playing any games... I would get a better video card and spend the money on a lower end CPU.
no games for me
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My sig rig... has a 400W power supply ( says 430...max but running says 400 so ill go with that)

the only upgrades ill see in the future would be some more ram maybe a 2x2gb set and a Q9450...

do you think my PSU will take that processor? and be stable , i wont overclock it much to begin with .... But i figure i would ask before i started saving for it


save yourself the 150+ dollar and buy a q6600 instead. Most if not all the G0s can hit 3.6ghz ish, 3ghz with stock voltage.

There is no point to buy a q9450 for that money if you are not going to overclock much. Instead, go use the money saved for a QUALITY psu.
With psu, it is not about how many watts...

Corsair 520HX, great psu, under 100 bucks, and more than enough for your current and future setup, unless you go like sli 9800gtx2
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post #9 of 12
That PSU has 15A on the 12v rail. The Q9450 itself is 95w so it should be fine if you don't extreme OC. On another note, Q9450 is $300+. I will think about first before I put the Q9450 on it but this is just my thought thou. A $200 q6600 and $175 8800GT is a good upgrade.
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yeah, I would go for the q6600 and tehn get a 8800GTS. That is how I would spend my money. If you are going to upgrade your card you will need a better psu.
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