Originally Posted by [Nuc];12483728
I love to hear this. Why are people's opinions so different? And what to believe?
Thats from more inexperienced people.
They may have done it themselves and then they tell everyone it is safe to do so.
It depends on the power supply maker too. If it is some cheap on like Ultra, it will most likely be over rated for how much power it can supply and crap out taking out your computer.
If it is a good one like sea sonic, then chances are it can handle it, but you are still cutting it VERY close. and there is no need to chance it when a decent power supply with plenty of wattage can be had for around 100$ or less.
You could sell your old psu and get a good name brand (get reviews on it from pheadrus, he is the PSU man) that will be safe FOR SURE for your system.
I don't understand why people under estimate the power supply. you don't see a performance increase from upgrading it. Maybe that is why.
You may not see a performance increase but it is easily the most important part of any computer ever built.
cpu takes 95W
mobo takes alot, maybe 50 watts
graphic card takes 244watts
hard drives take 10watts (most have two hard drives atleast)
fans (depending on how many) can take 10-50 watts.
Worst case scenario ends up being
overclocked is even more.
running a 450 watt psu at 420watts is almost 100% load, and if it is not a quality psu, it won't put out what it is rated for. Power supplies degrade over time and won't put out as much wattage.
So chance it is you want, but when you start getting random BSOD's and wonder what it is from, thinking it is your graphic card screwing up, then your motherboard, ALL the problem is is your PSU sucking because you didn't shell out a little more cash. Then your computer fry's and dies.Edited by Crucial09 - 2/22/11 at 1:25pm