I'm running Vista x86 (32bit)
mobo: ASROCK DUAL VSTA
CPU : Intel Core 2 E6400
2x512mb ram DDR
2 x 200gb Maxtor Hdds
7800GS AGP video card Super OCed
1 DVD drive
1 CD drive
PSu: 400Watt, (5-6years old)
i'm hearing some hard disk ticking.. but if i were to disconnect some of the devices (1 hdd or both the dvd and cd drives..) this problem no longer occurs.
This leads me to be convince that it's a PSU probelm
I'm now trying to figure out how much power do i need and what type of PSU.
I stay in malaysia, don't exactly have access to Newegg and such..but i have a list of products from one of the most "equiped" computer stores in my area. I'm wondering if you guys can point out which is best..
AEROCOOL TURBINE 450watts ATX with 12cm Fan - Smart Cable Management RM391
AEROCOOL TURBINE 550watts ATX with 12cm Fan - Smart Cable Management RM483
COOLER MASTER Extreme Power 430watts ATX with 12cm Fan RM175
COOLER MASTER Real Power 450watts ATX with 12cm Fan RM250
ICUTE 450watts 24Pins ATX Power Supply with 2 x 8cm Fan RM98
ICUTE 380watts Safety Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM135
ICUTE 430watts Safety Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM181
ICUTE 480watts Safety Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM228
ICUTE 380watts Smart Cable Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM190
ICUTE 480watts Smart Cable Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM294
ICUTE 600watts Smart Cable Series 24pins ATX Power Supply with 14cm Fan RM390
POWER LOGIC MAGNUM PURE 225watts 24pins ATX RM68
POWER LOGIC MAGNUM PURE 300watts 24pins ATX RM88
POWER LOGIC MAGNUM PURE 450watts 24pins ATX RM137
POWER LOGIC ATRIX 500 500watts 24pins ATX RM195
THERMALTAKE PurePower 460watts ATX 12cm LED Fan W0068R RM291
THERMALTAKE TR2 Silent 470watts ATX 12cm Fan W0090 RM297
THERMALTAKE TR2 550watts ATX with PFC 12cm Fan W0101 RM343
THERMALTAKE Tough Power 600watts ATX with Active PFC 14cm fan W0103RE RM449
THERMALTAKE Tough Power 750watts ATX with Active PFC 14cm fan W0116RE RM537
the last number, RMxxx that's the currency in my area (malaysia ringgit)
i totally didn't know the importance of a PSU until like only 2 weeks ago. I built my own PC, video cards and such i'm on averagely updated.. but PSU.. well never knew the importance of it.. it has been working well for me for at least 5-6 years.. I upgraded my PC part by part, most things have been upgraded at least once, some twice even.. theres only 3 things that are the same are my PSU, my DDR ram sticks, and my case. (if you exclude the cheap fans in the case that is)
That's what i was thinking actually.. here's my case..
My video card is stable inspite of the lack of power. Motherboard is stable also, which leads me to think my current PSU has enough Amp but not enough watt.
Now i just need to go back and find out the current amount of Amp (at work atm).
Other question is, How much Amp do i actually need? i use some of the calculators, it seems i need roughly 23Amp max. Since i only need 1 12V, I'm assuming that most PSUs will have sufficient amp for me from the 12V. Is it ok to assume so?.
If so, i just need maybe even 450 or 500Watt with 23Amp min from the 12V
Well it's in mpilch's sticky, or check out SPCR's "Power Supply Fundamentals" just scroll down to "POWER FACTOR CORRECTION" and it gives some good details. I think that is also linked in the sticky as well.
/me needs sleep, will catch up in the morning... peace