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    Question Is 300W enough for this?

    Following chops and changes when building PC's for others I find myself down a PSU. However I've a number of unused old PC's I can canabalise one of which is armed with a standard 300W PSU. It's currently powering an original Athlon 1400MHz.

    Do you think it'd be able to power this PC?:

    Athlon XP 2600+
    3x 256Mb PC2700
    Asrock K7NF2 RAID
    XFX GeForce 6600GT
    2x 160Gb SATA
    DVD

    The connectors seem to be ok it has the prerequisite 4-pin motherboard power connector which also only needs a 20-pin main power. Also the Gfx is molex powered rather PCI-E.

    I reckon it'll be tight but doable. Do you agree?
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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    If the 300w PSU is from a decent manufacturer then it should be fine.Of course whether an older PSU can output its rated maximum any more is open to debate especially with the ageing of the internal components.


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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    300 W will be fine but as the Moose mentioned is it a decent make ?

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    +1 for what's already been mentioned - check make/age but provided it can output 300w it's enough.

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Make - Jou-jye
    Age? I must of bought it about 10 yrs ago for my first home-built PC, an AMD K6-2 333MHz.

    I only stopped using it when the better specced 350W PSU's became the norm. It's lasted longer than the blown Tagan and Antec I've got on my desk right now! lol
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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Without the 6600GT perhaps it would be fine but with a 6600GT I would probably look at something a bit newer.

    There are a few decent PSUs under £30 anyway:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/350W-...ltra-Quiet-Fan

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-...ed-cooling-fan

    Silverpower is part of the same company as Tagan.


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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    The Antec is what I had been pondering, ta for the suggestions.
    Maybe this http://forums.hexus.net/classifieds-...ml#post1741243 but that's really monster overkill and possibly more leccy than I want it to drink lol
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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Sorry for off-topic post but I had a K6-2 also. In fact I booted it up again yesterday!

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Sorry for off-topic post but I had a K6-2 also. In fact I booted it up again yesterday!
    I've a pair of fully operational PII 400's and an Athlon 1400 in my spare room looking for a new home. Your's in need of a companion?
    The K6-2 is in a box in the garage alongside all sorts of spare CPU's.

    The 486DX33/AMD-133 Overdrive and Dell P75t however are staying with me! Or at least that's what I keep saying. Apparently we've too many PC's in the house.
    I'm still not sure I understand TBH .......


    EDIT:
    Just realised that makes 10 PC's + spares. I only thought it was 7! roflmao
    Maybe she's right?!
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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Thanks for the offer but I don't know how I'd use it. But how can you have too many PCs?
    Mine has a 3GB HDD and a massive 32MB SDRAM! I managed to find the CPU on CPU-World: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K6-2/A...-2-366AFR.html

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Aww lovin' the digression!
    The Dell has a Maxtor 5Gb drive, the very first I remember seeming for sale in the UK. It is still the single most expensive individual component I've ever bought at £305!

    I loved my K6-2 because of the pain it took to build. The RivaTNT gfx card I had didn't work in OpenGL with the motherboard chipset! Still it saw me through uni and many happy hours of Colin McRae, Quake 2 and Motorcross Madness
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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    As others have said, not sure what the 6600GT would do to it, but otherwise it's a very similar set up to my main office PC ( <---- see my spec ) and that ran off a generic 300W PSU for about 3 years (until the PSU went "poof!" one evening...).

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vimeous View Post
    Following chops and changes when building PC's for others I find myself down a PSU. However I've a number of unused old PC's I can canabalise one of which is armed with a standard 300W PSU. It's currently powering an original Athlon 1400MHz.
    When was the change over from 5V to 12V as the main source of power for PCs? I think it was around the PIII to P4 time; roughly the same time we are talking about here.

    I know I had a problem when I brought a XP1700+ and it couldn't run on an old style 5V based PSU with a Geforce2 (I'm sure it was more than 300W too).

    There is no way I would try it without making sure there is enough 12V current (if the kit needs it)....
    Last edited by Domestic_Ginger; 27-07-2009 at 02:11 PM. Reason: grammar

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    Hmm good point. Yeah I think PIII era PCs were the last 5v heavy ones so PSUs from then provided most of the power on the 5v rail with small 12v rails.

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    Re: Is 300W enough for this?

    I learn something new everyday

    Thanks for the heads-up on something techie that passed me by completely!

    In light of all the recent PC building shenannigans at home my better-half has asked I don't rebuild this one for now - we not until I've shifted a substantial amount of spares.
    So this PC will see the light of day again just not for now. Then I'll be after a new PSU by the looks.

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