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    Is 380watts from the PSU enough?!

    Silly me, amoung the excitement I bidded for and won a seasonic s12-380 on ebay for £38, when they're now going for £40 on scan.co.uk!

    The question is this, are you ready for it?
    Will this PSU power my system to be?

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    Also include a graphics card, again undecided on which one.


    The joke of it all is, my previous PSU was an enermax 430w!
    But I don't think this PSU has the correct connectors for the motherboard etc. So i've downgraded in watts

    I feel so silly!
    Last edited by IntaCepta; 30-03-2007 at 02:58 PM.

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    Depending on the choice of graphics card, that psu will be fine.

    They are regularly on today only for about £30
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    you will need a low end graphics card and no neons etc to get away with it. What is the 12v rail Amps?

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    • IntaCepta's system
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    +12V1 = 10A
    +12V2 = 15A

    I'm guessing thats 25amps split over 2 rails?
    You think that will be sufficient?
    I know it all depends on my graphics card, but i'm not really clued up on them yet.

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    you are pushing it a bit depending on graphics card

    put it this way... how much much are you thinking of spending on a graphics card?

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    Should be fine if you stick with something low power like 7600 (or perhaps even 7900GS). You can probably forget about X1900 or 8800GT though...

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    You could probably get an x1800xt running on there, I know it sounds crazy but I have heard of people doing such a thing. But honestly just don't do it, you seriously don't want to max your PSU 24/7.

    Edit: yeh taking a look at the PSU calculator thing I think the highest you should be aiming is a 7600gt or basically anything which doesn't require an external PCI-E 6pin power connector
    Last edited by grayg1; 30-03-2007 at 05:23 PM.

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    Do you still not have the Enermax PSU then? What do you mean by it didn't have the right connectors?

    I have a DS3P and my Enermax EG465 PSU runs it fine. You're right in that the PSU mobo connectors are 4 pins short but the 20 pin connector from the PSU fits into the 24 pin with the last 4 pins left unconnected. The 4 pin connector from the PSU again fits in the 8 pin with the last 4 pins unconnected. Hope I've made myself clear with the above excessive pin talkage but I've read that the above is perfectly acceptable.

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