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Got a new GPU, but upon investigation, my PSU scares me. Please advise

My new http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699 is on its way. I'm upgrading my 4 year old pc. I was looking into CPU OCing to go along with my new card, and discovered I have a horrid PSU. I have a Xtreme Gear 700 Watt, and after reading comments about them, I'm scared. Unfortunately I'm also flat broke after getting my new GPU. Needless to say, CPU overclocking is out the window. Should I not even install my new GPU? I VERY rarely upgrade my hardware, so new stuff is a big deal for me. It's going to take a lot of self control, should I wait a few months and get a new PSU before putting my new hardware in? I've had this PSU for 4 years, and haven't noticed any problems, but I'm paranoid now.

Any input/advice would be appreciated, thanks a lot!
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  1. quothe said:
    My new http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699 is on its way. I'm upgrading my 4 year old pc. I was looking into CPU OCing to go along with my new card, and discovered I have a horrid PSU. I have a Xtreme Gear 700 Watt, and after reading comments about them, I'm scared. Unfortunately I'm also flat broke after getting my new GPU. Needless to say, CPU overclocking is out the window. Should I not even install my new GPU? I VERY rarely upgrade my hardware, so new stuff is a big deal for me. It's going to take a lot of self control, should I wait a few months and get a new PSU before putting my new hardware in? I've had this PSU for 4 years, and haven't noticed any problems, but I'm paranoid now.

    Any input/advice would be appreciated, thanks a lot!


    Hi quothe - That line of PSU's is generally referred to as "garbage".
    Hoever, you only need 400w to run your system with the gtx660,
    and this PSU is likely to deliver 450-500w, so I think you install your new card
    and save up $$ to repl that PSU as soon as you can with a quality 430-500w unit.

    I assumed stock cooler, 2 hdd, opt drive, & 3 fans.

    Tom
  2. Yes it's a crappy psu but for a 660 gtx even oc it will do, the 660 gtx only needs one pci-e 6 pin and a has a really low power consumption for its performance, see this :
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GTX_660_OC/images/power_maximum.gif
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    Yep pretty much like I said in the other thread, use the existing power supply to install the video card and replace it asap :lol:

    Anyways here is that list of power supplies from the other thread just in case you have not read it yet:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    ^Loving that for a mere 16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194090
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207018
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

    Also would be best if the other members could evaluate the power supplies so you can come to make a decision on which one to get. I am leaning towards the CX-430 that is 16.99 after MIR, or the PC power and Cooling modular one.
  4. I think they're making a storm in a teacup because of that psu, but with a 660 gtx or 7850 there will be no trouble with that psu, that psu was sold with many pcs with 6850's and with no troubles, the 660 gtx and 7850 has a power consumption equal to that (125w), you have a psu capable of ~200w.
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