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Is my Antec 410W PSU powerful enough?

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September 25, 2005 7:31:16 PM

Ok, I was just looking for some advice really...

I have recently been buying parts to upgrade my system and am starting to get a little concerned that 410W may no longer be enough umph for my rig... Here is the run-down on what's in/will be in my system...

Gigabyte - pro G mobo
3.2Ghz Northwood,
1gb DDR
Ati Radeon 9800 pro graphics card
3 Case fans
Zalman cooler for graphics card and PSU,
Floppy drive, DVD RW combo drive, DVD reader drive,
Razer diamond back mouse,
basic keyboard,
3 HDD's totalling 400GB,
Extra USB/Firewire ports PCI,
Wi-fi PCI,
HDD controller Card,
Some lights for the coolermaster case...

ermm, i think that's it...

all this will be powered with a 410W Antec PSU hopefully, but I'm just wondering if this is going to need more power?

Any help would be much appreciated,

Cheers, Daz.
September 26, 2005 4:09:00 AM

Looks like a reasonable load for that power supply, I wouldn't worry.

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September 28, 2005 11:23:32 AM

how close to capacity do you think I would be?

Is there an easy way to work it out? I'm just not entirely what load all my components will take.

I ask incase upgrading items such as my ghraphics card/RAM/ etc.. in the future would mean upgrading my PSU also.

Cheers, Daz.
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September 28, 2005 11:27:19 AM

I think you might be able to upgrade to a 6800GT or X800XT without going over the limit, but you'd be very very close.

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September 28, 2005 11:46:27 AM

Ok, thanks for the info...

also, if i was to upgrade to say a 500W(ish) PSU, what would you reccommend? I know that's down to opinion and needs etc... but would still like to know what you think...

Cheers, Daz.
September 28, 2005 12:03:43 PM

Fortron Source AX500-A

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September 28, 2005 12:42:23 PM

will that work fine in the UK?

as all websites i'm getting about it are american...

Cheers, daz.
September 28, 2005 12:46:52 PM

I've helped people track down Fortron Source retailers in the UK, there are at least 3 major online venders there.

Yes, all their power supplies for the U.S. market are either manually switchable or auto-switching, and I'm fairly certain the ones they sell over there are auto-switching.

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September 30, 2005 5:20:49 AM

antec psu`s are really good, if they say 410w your getting 410w unlike soem other psu`s out there. No worry this will work fine.
October 9, 2005 1:03:16 PM

Do you have this Antec 410w PSU? If so, what are the specs( how many AMPs will it output on the +3.3v, +5v, & the +12v Rails?)

Looking at your config, and doing some quick calculations, at 90% utilization (100% to drives and fans) you'll draw approx:

+3.3v = 2.7A
+5v = 23.5A
+12v = 23.8A

Which on an Antec True Power 430's (rated to 410w max output....80,000hrs MTBF@25c? what a joke.... what, you run your pc in a refrigerator?) rated output:

+3.3v = 38A
+5v = 36A
+12v = 26A

You may be cutting it a little close on the +12v Rail (especially when derating for temperature). Don't even think about putting a newer Radeon 8xx or 1xxx series or either of the GeForce 6800 or 7800 series video cards into your Rig.

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