Power supply wattage issues Tags: Homebuilt Gaming Power Supplies Components Systems Last response: April 11, 2012 10:56 PM in Systems Share hakestom April 11, 2012 2:46:11 PM Hello, I've recently completed building a gaming computer , however I'm slightly worried about the wattage of the "psu" , My components are as follows : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11179-09-20G-6870-GDDR... http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-Bulldozer-FX-6100-Socket-Pr... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-Caviar-SATAIII-... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-M5A78L-M-LX-Motherboard-Un... and here is my "psu" : http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-500W-ModXStream-Power-Suppl... Is the wattage high enough to sustain my components without any chance of destroying them whilst "gaming" for large periods? What will happen if the wattage is not high enough , will the performance be lower or will the machine shut down due to lack of power? More about : power supply wattage issues neon neophyte April 11, 2012 3:12:40 PM ocz isnt known for making the best psus. 500w should be enough for that system though. if your parts arent getting enough power typically you will get resets or the like. under powered parts can be damaged. geofelt a c 83 B Homebuilt system a b 4 Gaming a c 126 ) Power supply April 11, 2012 3:25:51 PM The 6870 needs a 500w psu: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad... Your psu meets those requirements. The graphics card is what really draws the extra power. If it is insufficient, you may see artifacts. If the psu is of low quality, with inconsistent voltages, you may suffer unexplained shutdowns. If the psu becomes defective, anything can happen, including the damaging of any connected component. As long as things are running ok, there is no need to change anything. Next time, stick to known quality brands such as Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair, PC P&C to name a few. Related resources What power supply wattage do I need? - Forum Does My Power Supply Have Enough Wattage for Crossfire? - Forum Power Supply wattage issue - Forum The right wattage for my power supply - Forum Does higher wattage power supply equal to a higher electricity drain? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer geekapproved a b B Homebuilt system a b 4 Gaming a b ) Power supply April 11, 2012 4:27:51 PM OCZ makes great psu's since they aquired pc power and cooling, however that's an older crappy design. Not even a basic 80+ certified. It will work, but you could do much better for sure. I wouldn't attempt any overclocking. Silvune a b B Homebuilt system a b 4 Gaming a c 87 ) Power supply April 11, 2012 9:13:07 PM Yes it's an old design, but... http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDet... http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/psu_reports/SP171.1_OC... http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/973 This review paints the performance in rather positive light. kcsmacker April 11, 2012 10:12:15 PM If you can return it you can get a much better 600 watt Corsair http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-600CXV2UK-Builder... for like 1 euro more... dudewitbow a b B Homebuilt system a b 4 Gaming a b ) Power supply April 11, 2012 10:45:40 PM the card doesnt exactly need a 500w PSU, it just needs to have a constant amperage with a power supply that is at least certified so that something bad doesnt happen. for instance, back in september: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-fx-6100-ove... The 600$ gaming rig at the time used a 430w Antec Earthwatts PSU, and Tom&Co were able to push it to its limit, using an i5-2400 and radeon hd 6870. capt_taco a b B Homebuilt system April 11, 2012 10:56:03 PM It doesn't really need 500W; they just list that in the official specs to give people plenty of room for error. Plug everything in here and you get a total peak usage of about 340W: http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine You should be fine with an OCZ power supply. They don't have the A+++ reputation of Antec or Corsair, but they're not a junk brand either. I've never had a problem with one, for what it's worth. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Power supply squealing at certain wattage range Forum dell xps 400,what is the power supply wattage on this system Forum Does a power supply wattage change with demand? Forum Power supply wattage ? Forum Power supply and wattage Forum First PC Build - Power Supply Wattage ? Forum MSI R7850 Power Edition 2GD5/OC Wattage Consumption Forum How does power supply wattage work? Forum Higher power supply wattage uses more electricity? Forum Help me find out my Power Supply Unit Wattage !! Forum Power supply issues for a new graphics card Forum Budget gaming build Forum No Power or Post, GA-X58A-UD3R Forum Troubleshooting a power up problem Forum [Solved] Tri Sli Power Supply? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !