I've recently built a new budget system and powering all my junk I have a 500W Antec PSU. I used it before to power my old PC, and I've only had it for about 3 months, so I didn't think it needed replacing. It runs fine, but sometimes during demanding games my whole system shuts down. I'm assuming this must be a power issue. I know it could be a variety of electrical faults in my house, but my question is, should my 500W PSU be able to run the following system while playing a game like Fallout 3 on high settings.
AMD Athlon 7750 DC CPU oc'ed @ 3.11 GHz
2 x 2GB Corsair XMS2 Twin RAM PC6400 oc'ed @ 920MHz
Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H Motherboard
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB SATA HDD
WD Caviar 250GB SATA HDD (not in RAID mode)
Asus 9600GT 512mb video card
4 80mm fans
I was under the impression that this should run fine, but obviously I could be wrong. Does this system suck more power than my PSU can supply?
often yes. it's only happened to me once or twice but it happens to my brother more, because he games more. it's not a system shut down, i should clarify; it reboots. screen goes black, shuts down, and automatically reboots. i have a temperature gauge at the front of my chassis and i'm always monitoring the internal CPU, GPU and system temps. i'll check again thuogh
You might be having some stability issues when loading the system down.
Have you stress tested this sytem with prime yet?
You could try throttling down you oc a bit and see if that makes a difference...
Hope this helps.
W/o giving too involved of an answer, yes. Your card requires a 400w psu to begin with and it looks like you are powering quite a bit of other stuff as well. Running Fallout3 at full specs is probably taxing the hell out of your vid card and putting you near full load. Just my 2¢
No. That is a recommendation for the complete system. A 512 mb 9600GT only needs a little more than 60 watts.
So a good 500 watt PSU will be more than adequate. So which Antec 500 watt PSU? The Earthwatts are pretty good. I'd avoid the Basiq line.
I guess you missed this part "W/o giving too involved of an answer"
And I concede the point that:
recommendation for the complete system
however a "complete system" is a nebulous term at best and a pointless one at worst. The OP has OC'ed the processor and memory, has 2 x sata drives, 4 x fans, 2 x optical drives. About a month ago I blew a 500w psu running a single 8800gt which recommends a 450w psu for a "complete system"... So my point stands. Trying once again w/o giving too involved of an answer, although you forced me to it. ANd in case you didn't notice the OP said their system was shutting down under heavy load. Sometimes spewing specs from a data sheet doesn't equate to real life.
As said before theoretically your current power supply should be sufficient. Are you stating that the PSU is only three months old from brand new? One wouldn't think that it could be capasitor aging but it could be, or some actual problem with the PSU it's only manmade from the cheapest parts made as fast and cheapy as possible. Any chance you could swap it out just for testing? The problem could be the PSU depending how you have the 12v lanes setup and it could also be heat. Lose the 4 80mm fans for two 120mm non led adjustable fans, probably be quieter too. Try something like Rivatuner to raise the GPU fan speed. Since you have OCed the CPU it may need some tweeking in the BIOS, try backing down the CPU freq a bit. The correct bios settings for the OC might be more revelivent to your problem than the PSU.
Gentlemen no reason to fight over something as mundane as a PSU, maintain your bearing.
Thanks alot, I'll give all these things a shot. it is an antec basiq. it's not a super new model i think it's an older, but i bought it new. I'm going to swap out for a different one if i get the chance, thanks a lot. bottom line is, i'm not losing any perfomance because of it, it's only happened twice. in the end, the 500W PSU should theoretically be enough wattage to power, unless there is some sort of fault with it, or any electrical problem in my house.
Wattage isn't everything...What you really want is the +12volt rail to supply at least 30 amps.
I've got a Corsair vx550 power supply that has 42 amps on the +12volt rail....which is enough to power a GTX285.....
I've also seen 500 watt power supplies that barely have 25 amps on the +12volt rail....so quality is everything when it come to power...