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so instead of making another horrible thread on "recommend me a PSU" or is this good enough, does anyone know of any software that can monitor the temps of my psu, and wattage. I am buying some new stuff and I want to know when I get it is it really pushing my PSU.

and is it being pushed right now.
    
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so instead of making another horrible thread on "recommend me a PSU" or is this good enough, does anyone know of any software that can monitor the temps of my psu, and wattage. I am buying some new stuff and I want to know when I get it is it really pushing my PSU.

and is it being pushed right now.
I don't believe there is a way to monitor your PSU exactly. But I do believe you can monitor the voltages on your motherboard. Perhaps this will help?

Read:
http://www.planetamd64.com/lofiversi...php?t4567.html
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I don't believe there is a way to monitor your PSU exactly. But I do believe you can monitor the voltages on your motherboard. Perhaps this will help?

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http://www.planetamd64.com/lofiversi...php?t4567.html
no its more wattage, I want to know if I need to buy a new one.
    
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no its more wattage, I want to know if I need to buy a new one.
I apologize for misinterpreting your question... I don't believe there is software for this, of course this question has also been asked:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f3/software...-usage-176522/

If you cannot find the software, you'll more than likely have to purchase this:

http://www.xoxide.com/p3-kill-a-watt.html
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Perhaps you should think about getting a power meter such as the Kill-A-Watt to measure the wattage at the outlet. Only then will you know exactly how much your PSU is needing since software monitoring can never account for the inefficiency of the PSU.
    
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Perhaps you should think about getting a power meter such as the Kill-A-Watt to measure the wattage at the outlet. Only then will you know exactly how much your PSU is needing since software monitoring can never account for the inefficiency of the PSU.
Since PSU efficiency is nonlinear based on load, that is really your only option.



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There is no software at the moment (there are plans in the works for a new ESA standard which would have sensors in the important components and then you can monitor them with software, but this hasn't taken hold yet). If you were worried about power use, about all you can use is a kill-a-watt but Cheetos used the wrong terminology:
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Perhaps you should think about getting a power meter such as the Kill-A-Watt to measure the wattage at the outlet. Only then will you know exactly how much your PSU is needing since software monitoring can never account for the inefficiency of the PSU.
Current software monitoring can only monitor voltages through sensors in the motherboard. The traces and connections before these sensors skew the voltage readings by adding resistance. Because of this, current software monitoring is inherently flawed. The kill-a-watt is a good recommendation, but it cannot account for efficiency of the PSU either. It will only read AC wattage, and the efficiency number for a PSU is what is lost when converting to DC which is what the computer in run on and what PSUs are rated by. mortimersnerd is correct that efficiency is usually on a curve, but you can usually go with an estimate based on known values for you PSU.

So, the only software available can measure voltages but not acurately. The important things you want to know about your PSU health (temp, voltage, power consumption) can only be measure physically with multi-meters, temperature probes and power consumption devices like a kill-a-watt.
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That Kill-a-watt is sick!!! and under 20 bucks also!!! Cool man
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