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    500W Power Supply Enough?

    I have a 500W Zalman power supply and I'm changing my graphics from a 8800GT to a HD6950 (the 8800 died ). Wondering if I'm gonna need to update the PSU as well, my system:

    i5 750 @ 4GHZ (I've heard these take a LOT more power then they're OC'd roughly linear increase from TDP so ~143W)
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    I am planning to run the HD6950 @ HD6970 speeds which will allegedly increase power consumption from 169W to 202W. Would it be too much to give the extra 20% power to it like techpowerup have done here:

    Workstation: Antec 902, Intel i5-750 Quad @ 4GHz (1.30V), Corsair H50, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4, 4GB Geil Ultra Series PC3-17000 @ 2000MHz CAS8, 8800GT, 2x2x1TB Spinpoint F3 RAID0 (roll on EFI and cheap SSD!!!)
    HTPC/File Server: Antec 900, Intel E3200 Dual @ 4Ghz (1.36V), Akasa Nero, ASUS P5Q Pro, 9400GS, 4GB DDR2, 1x750GB Spinpoint F1, 4x750GB Hitachi Deskstar RAID5

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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    Should be roughly ok imo, what voltage is the i5 at? That makes a big difference.
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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    It's at 1.30V. Actually I turned it down to 3.8GHz a while back but I don't think that was because of the Vcore.
    Workstation: Antec 902, Intel i5-750 Quad @ 4GHz (1.30V), Corsair H50, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4, 4GB Geil Ultra Series PC3-17000 @ 2000MHz CAS8, 8800GT, 2x2x1TB Spinpoint F3 RAID0 (roll on EFI and cheap SSD!!!)
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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    It should easily run without any problems at all to be honest. Even if you were to overclock the 6950 it should be ok but it would be beginning to reach the higher limit of what I would load that PSU with.

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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ulti View Post
    It should easily run without any problems at all to be honest. Even if you were to overclock the 6950 it should be ok but it would be beginning to reach the higher limit of what I would load that PSU with.
    Great, thanks both of you.
    Workstation: Antec 902, Intel i5-750 Quad @ 4GHz (1.30V), Corsair H50, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4, 4GB Geil Ultra Series PC3-17000 @ 2000MHz CAS8, 8800GT, 2x2x1TB Spinpoint F3 RAID0 (roll on EFI and cheap SSD!!!)
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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    1.3 vcore is very low, so that should mean lower power consumption than your typical OC. Nice work btw! Should be absolutely fine then.
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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    Thanks! I think I got lucky with my silicon... I'm no expert, have only OC'd 4-5 chips ever. Although I have to give a thumbs up for Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD4 - very friendly even when you screw up, and also the Corsair H50 cooler.
    Workstation: Antec 902, Intel i5-750 Quad @ 4GHz (1.30V), Corsair H50, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4, 4GB Geil Ultra Series PC3-17000 @ 2000MHz CAS8, 8800GT, 2x2x1TB Spinpoint F3 RAID0 (roll on EFI and cheap SSD!!!)
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    Re: 500W Power Supply Enough?

    AFAIK, power consumption doesn't increase that much if the vcore stays reasonably low, though I could be wrong.
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