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2 Questions about PSU

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October 10, 2008 11:11:22 AM

I do not plan on going sli until I grab a new psu but just want to double check that my current psu will be ok.

PSU - PSU - Ultra xconnect 500w ATX and here are the specs -

MB -
Sound - Audigy 2
Vid - BFG Geforce 8800 GTS
HDD - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6V250F0 250GB Serial ATA (3.0Gb/s) 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer
DVD - Liteon LH-20A1P-185 20X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive
Logitech 2.1 stereo speaker system

The other question is what PSU would run 2 of those video cards on this system?

Thank you for any help!

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a b ) Power supply
October 10, 2008 11:25:54 AM

Your current PSU should be able to run your setup with a single GPU.
I am not familiar with the quality of the Ultra brand so I can not tell you if it would be a good idea or not.
When you upgrade for the SLI, look at a quality PSU from Corsair, PCP&C, Enermax, Seasonic or the Antec Earthwatts line.
a b ) Power supply
October 10, 2008 11:32:39 AM

I would think about getting a new one personally, given it's tier 5 on the list of PSUs from XS

A suitable replacement would be a Corsair, Power PC & Cooling, or similarly reputable company PSU in the region of 600-700W
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October 10, 2008 12:37:46 PM

Is there any danger if it cannot run my current setup or will it just not turn on?
a b ) Power supply
October 10, 2008 12:45:44 PM

If it is unable to power your system, odds are it will randomly shut down under a load.
If you continue to overload a PSU, there is a good chance that it will fail and, in doing so, send a voltage surge to one or another of your components.
The PSU is one of those components you never want to skimp out on.
a b ) Power supply
October 10, 2008 12:58:10 PM

That PSU is a step in the right direction but it is an Antec EA model, not one of the high quality EW ones.
For the same price, this Corsair 650w would be a much better choice.
a b ) Power supply
October 10, 2008 1:04:55 PM

Yes, the Corsair 650w will have more than enough power for 8800GTS SLI.
October 10, 2008 1:08:28 PM

Thank you for the replies!