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Can My PSU handle a Video card upgrade?

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March 6, 2013 1:35:51 PM

Iv'e been wanting to upgrade my Video card for a while now but I've been worried that My PSU might not be able to handle it and so I've decided to ask the experts here.

For reference, these are my components:

AMD FX-8120 Mobo (@3.1GHz) (will not overclock)
GeForce GT 520 1 Gb
1tb 7200rpm SATA HDD
2x4bg DDR3 Ram
1x80 mm Case fan
1x120mm LED Case Fan
CD/DVD drive

And I'm looking to upgrade to this:
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-265...
or this
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=01G-P4-265...

I am using a 500W PSU.

Here's the info that's stamped on the side of it.
(i'm not sure what information is relevant so I'm putting all of it)

AC Input: 115V/230V 10/5A 50-60Hz

DC Output |+3.3V |+5V | +12V1 | +12V2 | -12V | +5VSB
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mass Output | 16A | 18A | 14A | 14A | 0.5A | 2.0A
Current
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Min Current |0.5A | 0.5A| 1.0A | 1.0A | 0.0A | 0.0A



Any help is appreciated and thank you in advance.




a c 288 ) Power supply
a c 115 U Graphics card
March 6, 2013 1:56:14 PM

Jaxs said:
Iv'e been wanting to upgrade my Video card for a while now but I've been worried that My PSU might not be able to handle it and so I've decided to ask the experts here.

For reference, these are my components:

AMD FX-8120 Mobo (@3.1GHz) (will not overclock)
GeForce GT 520 1 Gb
1tb 7200rpm SATA HDD
2x4bg DDR3 Ram
1x80 mm Case fan
1x120mm LED Case Fan
CD/DVD drive

And I'm looking to upgrade to this:
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=02G-P4-265...
or this
http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=01G-P4-265...

I am using a 500W PSU.

Here's the info that's stamped on the side of it.
(i'm not sure what information is relevant so I'm putting all of it)

AC Input: 115V/230V 10/5A 50-60Hz

DC Output |+3.3V |+5V | +12V1 | +12V2 | -12V | +5VSB
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mass Output | 16A | 18A | 14A | 14A | 0.5A | 2.0A
Current
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Min Current |0.5A | 0.5A| 1.0A | 1.0A | 0.0A | 0.0A



Any help is appreciated and thank you in advance.


Hi - That PSU is light on the +12v rails for a 500w unit (the max combined amps will be less than 28),
however, the gtx 650 doesn't require much power, so you will be ok on that front.

A 500w unit should have at least one 6pin gpu connector, the 650 needs one.
If the PSU does not, you'll need a pci-e to molex adapter. Many gpu's
include one in their package.
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March 6, 2013 1:56:24 PM

the good news; the GTX650 does not use that much power so you don't need that powerful of a PSU

the bad news; a 500w PSU tells us nothing other then the marketing on package. you don't list the make and model of the PSU and from the looks of it, it seems to be lacking 12v power (powers your GPU and CPU) of a solid 500w PSU. it's more in line with a 400w PSU
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March 6, 2013 2:59:12 PM

dirtyferret said:
the good news; the GTX650 does not use that much power so you don't need that powerful of a PSU

the bad news; a 500w PSU tells us nothing other then the marketing on package. you don't list the make and model of the PSU and from the looks of it, it seems to be lacking 12v power (powers your GPU and CPU) of a solid 500w PSU. it's more in line with a 400w PSU


I just found the brand and model:

eXtreme Gear XG-P500 PSU which I just found out is a pretty bad PSU So I will probably be upgrading sooner rather than later.
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a c 115 U Graphics card
March 6, 2013 6:31:38 PM

Jaxs said:
I just found the brand and model:

eXtreme Gear XG-P500 PSU which I just found out is a pretty bad PSU So I will probably be upgrading sooner rather than later.


kinda fig it was a bad psu when i saw the +12v amps you listed.
You should still be able to run a 650 till you upgrade.
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