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Need opinion, upgrading my rig with current TT 550w PSU

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Last response: in Components
February 1, 2009 4:59:18 PM

Hi Guys!
In need of 2nd opinion from anyone. Anything is appreciated.

My current PC:
- Amd X2-4800 (socket 939) on MSI K8N platinum (Not O/C'ed, stock speed)
- XFX 8800GTX 768Mb (Not O/C'ed, everything in stock speed)
- 2GB DDR pc3200
- 3 x SATA HDD (80Gb & 160 Gb Seagate; 74Gb WDC Raptor 10k)
- using 3 8cm fan (not high performance)

I've been planning to upgrade to:
- Intel E8400 (want to do 3.6 GHZ)
- DFI Lan Party (either P35 or P45 MoBo)
- 2 x 2 GB OCZ PC-8000 DDR2
**Everything besides those 3 above is still the same (GPU, HDD, Optical, etc)**

My Current PSU : Thermaltake Toughpower 550W (been using it +/- 3yrs)
I already did some research on the web and using Extreme PSU calculator, and i found that my PSU should be adequate since my old PC consume more than my future one. <---- IMHO

The question is should i stick with my old PSU, or should i search for a higher wattage (with the same quality of course) ??? Considering that my PSU is already about 3 years old +.

Should i test my old psu first? (doing some stress test on the pc?)

Ok Guys, thanks for your time 2 read this, i'm sorry if i got a bad english :) 

Thx a lot!!!!

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a b ) Power supply
February 1, 2009 7:18:28 PM

Your PSU will be fine.
February 2, 2009 4:04:23 PM

THX ghislaing!:) 
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February 3, 2009 8:45:11 AM

Way enough. You will be OK
February 4, 2009 11:52:33 AM

Yup ! i run a SLI on a TT toughpower 600 ... your GOOD TO GO !
February 4, 2009 3:10:28 PM

I have a newer modular TT 550 with 16A on one rail and 17A on the other. I am running a Phenom II 940 OC to 3.2Ghz. 8 gigs of ram. 7 fans, and a EVGA 260 core 216 plus the HD, dvd etc. I can run Prime 95 and folding@ home at same time--No problems.
a c 248 ) Power supply
February 4, 2009 5:19:41 PM

Well, as you can see from the posts, you will be fine.

Quite a few people think they need a lot of power. That is usually not the case, especially if one is not a hardcore gamer or serious overclocker. Tom's Hardware just did an article about video cards and power consumption. I already knew my own video card did not require a massive amount of power. What surprised me in the article was just how little my video card required even under load.
February 4, 2009 7:30:30 PM

My Zalman fan controller have a Power Meter.

IDLE : 238w right now.
CODwaw : near 400w

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