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Is my PSU not able to handle the overclock?

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I have this motherboard with this CPU. I used to use the built in "OC Switch" that I would turn on and it would bring my CPU to 3.6GHz, and this works just fine. Now I added in a new Nvidia 9800 GT and that draws a lot from the PSU. Now I can't play resource intensive games while having a 3.6GHz overclock, the screen will have severe distortions and then freeze up completely (by severe I mean completely unable to see what I am looking at, just random shapes everywhere).

I set my CPU back to 2.7GHz and games are still fast, but I'm thinking if I get a better PSU I might be able to keep a good OC without a problem. Is this the case, or is there something else that is causing the problem that wont be fixed by a new PSU.

My power supply: Broadway Com Corp OKIA-500-RB 500W ATX 12V V2.2 Power Supply (cheeeeeeep)
Current System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual-Core E5400 MSI G41M-P33 LGA 775 Nvidia GTX 660 Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Western Digital 160GB Windows 7 SP1 Acer X203H 20" 1600x900 Broadway Com 500W 
Case
None! 
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Current System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual-Core E5400 MSI G41M-P33 LGA 775 Nvidia GTX 660 Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Western Digital 160GB Windows 7 SP1 Acer X203H 20" 1600x900 Broadway Com 500W 
Case
None! 
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You might be better off buying a new power supply. PSUs loose power in their own design and will loose power over time as they age. If it is an older power supply it probably isn't that efficient. If you are running a quad-core, you will need something more than 500W.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371007

This power supply should be better if you are looking for something around 500W. It is 80 plus efficient also.
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Originally Posted by 06tb06 View Post
You might be better off buying a new power supply. PSUs loose power in their own design and will loose power over time as they age. If it is an older power supply it probably isn't that efficient. If you are running a quad-core, you will need something more than 500W.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371007

This power supply should be better if you are looking for something around 500W. It is 80 plus efficient also.
It's a dual-core, and I am cheeeep. That PSU already costs half of my whole build.
Current System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual-Core E5400 MSI G41M-P33 LGA 775 Nvidia GTX 660 Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Western Digital 160GB Windows 7 SP1 Acer X203H 20" 1600x900 Broadway Com 500W 
Case
None! 
  hide details  
Reply
Current System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual-Core E5400 MSI G41M-P33 LGA 775 Nvidia GTX 660 Kingston ValueRAM 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Western Digital 160GB Windows 7 SP1 Acer X203H 20" 1600x900 Broadway Com 500W 
Case
None! 
  hide details  
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