I'm a big gamer and play games like FarCry, STALKER, Oblivion, etc and I recently completed [*pats back*] my massive computer upgrade. I selected a ThermalTake 650 watt and was wondering how long this will be a good choice. I mean, when will 1k be the standard perhaps?
eh, i doubt it will for quite a while, unless you are REALLY gaming... I'm fine with 350 Watts =D
pffft... the comp I'm on has a 180 or 210 or something ridiculously small like that. It don't matter though, Celeron-S 1.1ghz (P3 knocko), 256mb PC-133 RAM, and a Radeon 7500. 650 should be plenty for awhile. You only really "need" that much if you're running top-of-the-line dual or quad SLI/CrossFire cards and a dual core CPU.
Well this is my system I've compiled [but not put together just yet]
Operating System: Windows XP Professional with SP2 Central Processing Unit: AMD FX-57 @ 2.8 ghz Motherboard: Asus A8V-E SE Via K8T890 Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 7950 GT Xtreme Memory: Corsair 2 gig DDR400 [2 512 mb modules, 1 1 gig module] Hard Drive: WD 110 gig, WD Caviar SE 250 gig, Seagate 300 gig SATA II Monitor: Viewsonic VP201b [native resolution 1600x1200] Soundcard: Audigy Soundblaster ZS2 Platinum PSU: ThermalTake 650 watt Internet Speed: Broadband
So 650 is too much? It's not a big deal; I already ordered it and it will probably come today or tomorrow.
If you have a good brand PSU, you'll never need more than 400 Watts unless you have let's say, 5 HDDs hard working at the same time ...
What if I upgraded to 8800 GTX, would the 650 be good enough for that card?
Yeah, certainly even more than enough.
Of course it is enough, 650W is way too much for any current graphics card. I would never buy a Thermaltake PSU myself though, but since you already have it is too late to do anything about that. Check what the Ampere-ratings for it are when you get it, I don't distrust Thermaltake enough to believe them to cheat like some other manufacturers, but it wouldn't hurt anyway.
A 480W Tagan is plenty enough for my somewhat similiar setup, but I only have an o/c 4000+, one o/c 8800GTS 640MB and just two hard disks.
Well this is great news then. Thanks.
A same computer as yours. Expect instead of 7950 its 8800. Three hard drives two of them raptors one 700gig perpendicular bytes. Two other devices/dvd drives. Runs barely at 500watts a 550watt should be just fine for your computer.
650watt exists more as a marketing ploy to steal money away. Often from those who believe the monitor and internet use the power supply.
If you wanted to spend the money buy a modular power supply. It would make the job of building it 1,000 times easier. Plus it looks really nice with more air flow room inside your case to help keep it cool.