Soon to be Build:
Phenom X6 1055T
2X2 GB Ripjaws at 1.5 Volts
2 HDDs 7200 RPM
4850 With Zalman
3 usb devices always plugged in
No fans plugged in due to dust
Also the PSU will be 2 years old in 1 month. I accidentally clicked the wrong link to a psu calculator, than i decided to fill it in with my new build and it came to 465-505 Watts (changing age and system load).
Do you guys think ill be ok for a short while? Or is it not safe to plug it in at all? Im looking at 700-800 Watt psu's now, i cant afford 1 for a week. But i do intend on Getting 1 that is future proof, as i do intend on Crossfire and keeping it for 2 years.
Ok i did the psu calculator again. It Says "Recommended" is 462 Watts With a "Minimum" of 412 Watts With 25% aging.
Should i be ok for awhile?
I used worst case scenario 35% aging and the 2 Led fans that i have (arnt plugged in atm) and using a Deneb X4 overclocked to 3500 MHZ at 1.35 Volts (to emulate a 1055T) comes 482 Watts Recommended 430 Minimum.
Assuming it were a new psu the recommendation is only 380 Watts. These being the facts what do you guys think?
The calculator doesn't give actual system use, it gives a PSU recommendation. ie when it says 462 watts it doesn't mean your system will use 462 watts, it means you should have a 450-500watt PSU.
That stated, don't cheap out on your power supply. Get a good 500 watt from someone like Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair and you'll be fine. Get a 700 watt from a crappy company and you could still have issues.
When ever i am doing a build i never skimp on the PSU mainly b/c everything is drawing power form it so if it's a shifty one that $1000 System can just roll over and die take the advice already here get a good PSU