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November 6, 2011 1:41:27 AM

I'm planning on upgrading my processor from the Phenom II X2 BE to the Phenom II X6 BE, but I have a question about possible power issues.

I was using the Newegg wattage calculator to see if my power supply would be able to power everything easily with the new processor, however, I don't know whether to put my motherboard in the category of "high-end" or "regular". The reason being that the recommended wattage for a Regular mobo with all my other components with the new processor is 529W, within my range, and the rating for everything with a High-end mobo is 555W, 5 watts MORE than what I'm able to provide.

I have an Asus m4n98td Evo Motherboard.

Please help D:

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a c 79 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 2:02:31 AM

The motherboard you have does not seem to be high end at all , there is no sata 6gb/s and no usb 3.0 and it would fit in the regular catagory.
November 6, 2011 2:08:13 AM

Thanks dude, much appreciated.
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November 6, 2011 2:08:35 AM

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a c 271 ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 2:12:05 AM

For a GTS250, EVGA recommends a 450w psu with 24a on the 12v rails.
That assumes a normal complement of peripherals. Other components affect the calculations very little.
If your psu is of decent quality, you should be good.
November 6, 2011 3:20:13 AM

I actually have to update my system specs for my signature.

Asus M4N98TD EVO
AMD 555 Phenom II X2 3.3gHz
8GB G. Skill DDR3 1333 RAM
msi Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 Hawk 1GB
a b ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 3:27:56 AM

also do note that PSUs are (most the time) rated at peak load (which they can only maintain for about a second) rather then continuous
a b ) Power supply
November 6, 2011 3:33:12 AM

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