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July 26, 2010 3:09:40 PM

Hi, i currently have a 4850 and a e5200 and my power supply is a Xion 500w with dual 12v rails with 17amp/18amp and im thinking of doing a upgrade to a ati 5850 and a Q8300 2.5ghz quad(i will be overclocking it to maximum 3ghz since my mobo wont support any higher FSB) i only run one hard drive and 2 120mm fans and a dvd burner so not alot of components.

my question is : will my power supply be enough for this upgrade?

Thanks in advance!

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a b ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 3:25:58 PM

Hi.

IMO is better change the PSU, Xion isn't a very good brand and the 5850 need a good PSU more if u want OC the rig.

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a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 3:27:35 PM
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Hello combatpro;

I don't think anyone around here is going to be love with that Xion PSU. Can you get us the actual model number?

But the HD 5850 is one of those rare video cards that uses less power than a video card it replaces.
One issue for older budget PSU is they lower lose the ability over time to output it's full rated power.

But I think it's safe to go ahead and upgrade. Don't overclock right away - give the new parts a chance to settle in and then do some stress testing (gaming is one way) at stock before testing more as you start overclocking.

Compare HD 4850 and HD 5850 power consumption
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July 26, 2010 3:34:19 PM

WR2 said:
Hello combatpro;

I don't think anyone around here is going to be love with that Xion PSU. Can you get us the actual model number?

But the HD 5850 is one of those rare video cards that uses less power than a video card it replaces.
One issue for older budget PSU is they lower lose the ability over time to output it's full rated power.

But I think it's safe to go ahead and upgrade. Don't overclock right away - give the new parts a chance to settle in and then do some stress testing (gaming is one way) at stock before testing more as you start overclocking.

Compare HD 4850 and HD 5850 power consumption


tnx, the model number is : AXP-500P12P
its only about a year old.
a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 3:48:50 PM

AXP-500P12P website This is showing a PSU with +12V1 18amps and +12V2 20amps.
Can you double check your PSU data label?




July 26, 2010 4:02:12 PM

WR2 said:
AXP-500P12P website This is showing a PSU with +12V1 18amps and +12V2 20amps.
Can you double check your PSU data label?

it says +12v1 17amps +12v2 18amps on the psu label, i don't have that red switch next to my on/off switch either, but the model number is the same (AXP-500P12P) weird
July 26, 2010 4:14:33 PM

will it be enough for the upgrade?
a b ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 4:16:43 PM

I think it would be sufficient for now. I just wouldn't feel comfortable with it in my system pushing a $300 video card.
a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 4:23:34 PM

Looks like you got an older model, different from the slightly more powerful one now listed on the site.

I pretty much feel the same way aford does. I think you'd be OK.
But it's certainly not the type of quality part I could feel good about having in one of my systems.
July 26, 2010 4:38:55 PM

okey, thanks
July 26, 2010 4:40:03 PM

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