PSU man enough?

  darkster 18:20 03 Jan 07

I am seriously considering a Dell Dimension E520 system but on the spec. page it states that it only has a 305W PSU. The system in question is E6400, 2Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, Radeon X1300 Pro. I would like to upgrade the graphics to a Geforce 7600GT (at least) and also an extra hard drive, would this PSU be man enough for the job or would I have to budget in the price of a beefier PSU?

  X™ 18:30 03 Jan 07

Hmm, adding that all up, with a few external devices, and the usual stuff, it's recomended that you get 407w one. If your going to get a new one, I recomend a good one like the 600w Antec one, or a 1000w, because remember, at 100w it's twice what you need, so really it'll run your PC with no effort, meaning it lasts longer.

  citadel 18:31 03 Jan 07

I would get a 600w seasonic then you can install anything you like and it will run with stability.

  Totally-braindead 18:36 03 Jan 07

You would have to budget for a better power supply, a branded one would be best. I don't think it would run with a power supply of that rating, from memory I'm sure the 7600GT recommends a MINIMUM 350 watt and I think they probably mean a good quality one. Get at least a 500 watt one to future proof you for adding on other bits.

  X™ 18:38 03 Jan 07

Yup, exactly, you want a good branded one, and one that will easily run your system confortably.

  darkster 18:39 03 Jan 07

Thanks a lot guys for the quick, helpful advice. Much appreciated!

  hzhzhzhz 18:48 03 Jan 07

I agree with citadel. The Seasonic power supplies are extremely efficient.

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