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Do I need a higher psu

Last response: in Systems
February 12, 2010 1:57:35 AM

Hello I am Building a new computer and I'm not sure if I should get a higher psu or not.

Processor - Intel core I7 920 2.66Ghz(8mb Cache) Quad core

Video card - Single 1.8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260

Memory - 6GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3

Operating System - Windows 7

Power Supply - 525

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February 12, 2010 2:05:02 AM

My first question is the Make & Model of the PSU, which will determine if strong enough.
My second question is do you plan to run dual GPU's down the road? If so, your PSU isn't strong enough for dual cards. You'll want at least a 750w PSU from either Antec, Corsair or SeaSonic to be on the safe side.
February 12, 2010 2:12:10 AM

Im not familiar with any good quality 525W PSUs, but the general rule of thumb is a good 500-550W (~40A on the +12V) will power any single GPU, a good 700-750W(~60A on the +12V rail) will power dual GPU setups.

Easy way for you to get a better PSU, im assuming you havent bought any of this yet, drop the 1.8GB GTX260, you get no benefit from more than 1GB of video ram until 2560x1600, instead of getting the special one with a lot of memory you can get a stronger card overall
February 12, 2010 2:16:09 AM

I was gonna get it from aleinware I'm not very good with computer hardware so I was gonna buy it from there, yeah I'm probably over paying. And no I don't intend to use duel graphics.