I wanted to put a Pentium D chip into my old Dell PC, for semi-gaming like MW2 and others for when friends come over so I can go LAN with them.
Now, the dell has a 305 stock PSU. It also has a Pentium 4 CPU. The Pentium D CPU I want to add needs 95W's of power to juice it. + Around 60W's for the GPU. Would the PSU blow out if trying to use the CPU/PSU on full load? The system has 4x512MB of DDR2 aswell.
The official Nvidia recommendation for a system with the 9800GT video card is a 350 watt or greater power supply. Video card manufacturers typically recommend a higher wattage. For example, BFG recommends a 500 watt power supply.
Here is a link to a technical review showing actual system power consumption:
18a x 2 rails, with 22a combined total, as was already pointed out.
O sorry So just to confirm... A Pentium D 820 (100W) should also do fine with this setup... On this PSU? Also, when I switch out the CPU for my system, does it void the warrenty? It still has like 1 years warrenty on it.
So just to confirm... A Pentium D 820 (100W) should also do fine with this setup... On this PSU? Also, when I switch out the CPU for my system, does it void the warrenty? It still has like 1 years warrenty on it.
First , what model Dell are we talking about again, the 520 ?
Thanks for the post, that was really helpful. I do have one question though, not sure if this was the P4 bottlenecking the GPU or what. When I first installed the 9800GT Eco into the system, everything was fine with no problems. It even gamed good.
But then I noticed a problem, with MW and MW2 for example. The game would start to freeze, or become unstable. It would lag incredibly, and sometimes the whole PC would freeze up with no way to turn of the game, or operate to the Task Manager so I would have to switch of the PC from the mains, and back on again.
I was extremely concerned that it was the PSU that was under-powering the system. But I'm not superman with all this, was that the case?