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September 2, 2010 4:29:40 AM

Hello,

I am wanting to upgrade my 500W PSU with a 900W PSU. Is that within the range of PC systems? The box indicates it has a peak output of 1000W.

I have a P58 mobo if that makes a difference, 5770 graphics card, 6GB RAM, 1TB 7200 RPM HD, DVD/CD.

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September 2, 2010 4:52:34 AM

The new PSU will do nothing but good. The bad things that could happen are if it is a cheap PSU, if it is a cheap PSU it could damage your computer *cheap PSUs often state that it has 200+ more wats of power then it really has and when your computer trys to take more then it can deliver it frys the system*
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September 2, 2010 6:06:42 AM

A good 550W PSU will easily power your whole setup including Crossfire with another 5770.. If you have money to spend and want to spend it on getting a high quality PSU (always a good thing) then i recommend you to get a quality 750W PSU which will easily take care of your future upgrade plans also..
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September 2, 2010 6:15:45 AM

jerryl said:
Hello,

I am wanting to upgrade my 500W PSU with a 900W PSU. ... The box indicates it has a peak output of 1000W.

Sounds like a cheap PSU. Anytime you see a computer power supply with "peak" in the power ratings, avoid it.

What brand and models are your present and planned PSU's?
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September 2, 2010 3:17:01 PM

Unless you are overclocking or the pc is doing random reboots, the 500W should be fine.
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September 2, 2010 3:53:38 PM

Here are the official ATI power supply requirements for the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 video cards:


450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75 watt, 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended

600 Watt or greater power supply with two 75 watt, 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode


The recommendations are for an entire pc system.
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September 2, 2010 4:29:18 PM

I'd get a Corsair 750TX or HX. Mabye an 850 if you really want. My 750TX is powering an OCed i5 750, two OCed 5850s, a GT 240, a sound card, and a grand total of 9 fans
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September 3, 2010 2:03:28 PM

It is worth the upgrade imo- though as others have said, I would suggest a *good* PSU over a high wattage PSU. There are some very good models that advertise 750W, but can draw much higher without danger.

I had this same question and went ahead with the nicer PSU and got an XFX 750W BlackEdition (Seasonic base)

What isn't widely advertised is that you will gain efficiency by using a PSU at less than its rated load, so all things equal- a good 650-750W PSU (Seasonic X750 or X650, Corsair HX Series, the XFX 750 BE, to name a few top tier) powering a 450W system will generally produce less heat (efficiency loss) than a good/decent 500-550W PSU would on that same setup. Less heat and more efficient is nothing but good news.
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September 3, 2010 11:06:19 PM

Okay...the 900 was crappy anyway and I am not going to say whose it was, i have some dignity left in my old age....

opted insteat for a TX850 corsair. I think I will be extremely pleased. It is in and running now.

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September 19, 2010 2:15:59 PM

Best answer selected by jerryl.
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