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270 w PSU + q6600 and HD 6670

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April 4, 2012 12:37:25 PM

Hi everyone,

Here is a computer im a bout to buy for 200 canadian dollars:

motherboard FIC PTMQ965 (almost 0 informations on the internet about it, cheap mobo from taiwan it seems... micro atx)
CPU Core 2 quad 2.4 Ghz Q6600
4G kingston 667 ddr2
160G hard drive SATA
DVD reader
Windows XP

It's in a small tower (and i dont buy the 22 benq screen that should go with it, i alrdy bought a 20 inches acer VGA only flat screen ref al2016w for 30 bucks) and it has a...



270 PSU ...

My goal is to put a
XFX HD-667X-ZAF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB-GDDR5 in the pci e slot.



















I want to use this setup mainly to watch DIV X, DVDs, play emulation, listen to music using a 2.1 sound kit, and eventually play not too recent games. It would be in the living room and serve as a basic multimedia center.

Native resolution of the 20 inches acer screen is 1680x1050 @ 75Hz using VGA -no need for dvi.



So my question to all of you experts here is quite easy; do you guys think a 270 PSU will be able to feed the gfx card, 4go of ram, harddrive and quad core cpu with enough power?

I might consider removing the useless disk slot and even the dvd drive as i mostly share files using usb dongles or thru a home network. I would also use a ps2 keyboard, a usb optical mouse and maybe two modern ps3 like USB gaempads without the rumble thingy tho.

I d also like to OC the quadcore but i doubt the basic motherboard would allow me to do so using the bios...well lets be honnest it would be asking too much at this point. If a hd 6670fits in and it doesnt crash, i would alrdy be very happy.

Thanks in advance for your tips,





vince


seller sent me more infos about motherboard:





Thank you for purchasing the PTMQ965 (or PTMG965) motherboard. This new mainboard is a microATX sized board supporting the latest generation of Intel® processors Core 2 Duo CPU at FSB 800/1066MHz. Memory supports DDRII 533/667/800 and has four DDR II SDRAM DIMMs with memory size up to 8GBs. This board provides users with an ATA66/100 data transaction for peripheral IDE devices.

This board is based upon the high performance of Intel® Q965/G965 as its North Bridge and the Intel® ICH8DO (or ICH8DH) as its South Bridge. As for the graphic performance, it supports one PCI Express x 16 and one PCI Express x 1 interface and the most robust 3D games with software environments.

The board features onboard audio embedded in ICH8DO ALC 268 CODEC with 2.1Channels (for PTMQ965), or ICH8DH ALC 888 CODEC with 7.1 Channels (dual lay, for PTMG965) and LAN function of Intel 82562V 10/100 Ethernet / 82566DM Gigabit Ethernet; also, the Serial ATA II (6 x ports with 3GB/s) feature replaces the standard parallel ATA physical storage interface and allows future enhancements to the computing platform. It is completely software compatible with parallel ATA, requiring no modification to your operating system. For more details, please read the help file in the lst Utilities CD.

This mainboard comes with a versatile range of I/O features such as 1x COM port and 1x VGA port, 1x parallel port, 1x LAN, 1x PS/2 mouse, keyboard connector, 4x USB ports, and 1 x rear I/O jack (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in) for PTMQ965, or 2 x rear I/O jacks (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in, CEN/CFE, SIDE, REAR) for PTMG965. In addition, the board is equipped with one dual channel enhanced PCI bus master IDE connector. Ample expansion is available through one PCIe x 16, one PCIe x 1 and two PCI expansion cards allows for enjoyment of the CPU’s benefits with internet applications, video/3D graphics performance, and so on.

Other key features are Auto Power Failure Recovery, integrated temperature monitoring and system smart fan control. Also, included are a lst Utilities CD with enhanced drivers.




Main Features

CPU

LGA 775 Intel Core 2 Duo at FSB 800/1066 MHz

Chipset

North Bridge: Intel Q965 (or Intel G965) Express
South Bridge: ICH8DO (ICH8DH)

Memory

4 x DDR II memory sockets
support 240-pin DDR II 533/667/800 DDR II SDRAM memory size up to
8 GBs total

Expansion Slots

1 PCIe x 16 Slot
1 PCIe x 1 Slot
2 PCI Slots

Audio Features

RealTek ALC268/888(dual layout) controller
Front audio pin-header

For PTMQ965
LINE_IN, LINE_OUT, MIC_IN,
Codec: 268 – 2.1 Audio Channels

For PTMG965
LINE_IN, LINE_OUT, MIC_IN,
CEN/CFE, SIDE, REAR
Codec: 888 - 7.1 Audio Channels





Rear I/O Ports

1 x COM port
1 x VGA port
1 x Parallel port
1 x RJ45 port
4 x USB ports

PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard

for PTMQ965
1 x rear I/O jack (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in),

for PTMG965
2 x rear I/O jacks (Line-in, Line-out and Mic-in, CEN/CFE, SIDE, REAR).

LAN

Intel 82562V 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet/

Intel 82566DM Gigabit Ethernet (option)

Serial ATA II

Embedded within ICH8DO (or ICH8DH)
RAID 0, 1, 0+1


Mounting Holes

8 holes

Mainboard Size

9.6 x 9.6 (unit: inch)

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a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2012 12:53:03 PM

So my question to all of you experts here is quite easy; do you guys think a 270 PSU will be able to feed the gfx card, 4go of ram, harddrive and quad core cpu with enough power?
no you should get at least 450-500 for safety



I d also like to OC the quadcore but i doubt the basic motherboard would allow me to do so using the bios...well lets be honnest it would be asking too much at this point. If a hd 6670fits in and it doesnt crash, i would alrdy be very happy.
and yes i doubt you will be overclocking this board
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a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2012 12:57:01 PM

You can try using a newer Radeon HD 7750 as it consumes only 55w and offers better performance...
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a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2012 1:14:27 PM

Chances are that the 270w PSU might not even be fully rated @ 270w and might underperform if overwhelmed. The Q6600 does require a decent amount of power on its own as well.

I would go for a 350w + PSU from a decent name brand like Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, Seasonic, Etc...
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a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2012 2:49:26 PM

I think it will be just fine. The q6600 and board will only pull like 100-150 watts, then the 6670 will pull 65 watts so that has you at like 215 max.

If you are unsure about it I would say try it with a kill-a-watt wall watt meter. They cost like 15-20 bucks and you can see how much power the computer pulls from the wall. If you see the computer pulling over 270-280 while stress testing then you should consider upgrading the PSU.

Keep in mind that depending on the effeceny rating of the PSU it can draw upto 20% more from the wall than it can supply to the pc. So to supply 250 watts to the pc it may pull 300 watts from the wall.

Jonpaul makes a good point about quality. Often times cheap PSUs are labled at much higher wattage then they can really do.
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a b U Graphics card
April 4, 2012 2:51:23 PM

P.S. the kill-a-watt is a fun toy to have around, my blender pulls 800 watts... my toaster oven can pull 1200, the coffee maker spikes at like 1500 watts.

My 46 inch tv draws around 50 watts while watching cable on component, but 60 watts whe using a dvd on HDMI.
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