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Is this too low for my PSU?

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f00kie

New Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2005
Hey guys,

I've just tested my 2 year old PSU with a digital multimeter, and the results are as follows:

Idle: 11.80, 5.08, 3.38
Load: 11.60, 5.11, 3.38

This was done with a vcore of 1.575 on an Intel Pentium 4 HT processor overclocked 25%. I also tested the PSu by upping the voltage to 1.60 where the +12v dropped to 11.55 under load.

Should I get a new PSU? My current one only supports 18A on the +12v rail.

Thanks.
 

Know Nuttin

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2004
Location
Ontario, Canada
That is within specification but I wouldn't feel comfortable with it that low.

Systems these days are heavy on the +12v and you would do best to go with a +12v based PSU.

What is your budget for a PSU, and what are your future upgrade plans?

:welcome: to the forums.
 
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f00kie

New Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2005
Know Nuttin said:
That is within specification but I wouldn't feel comfortable with it that low.

Systems these days are heavy on the +12v and you would do best to go with a +12v based PSU.

What is your budget for a PSU, and what are your future upgrade plans?

:welcome: to the forums.

Thank you. :)

Well I have a PSU in mind right now, the OCZ ModStream 450W. It's currently on sale at NCIX (I'm from Ontario too btw), for about $80 I think. However, being a poor student, especially at this time of the year, I have to justify (especially to myself) such a buy.

Right now my CPU is at a 25% overclock, but I will be pushing it further, as soon as I get my new active northbridge cooler, which currently runs extremely hot. I am hoping I can hit 275FSB (from 200) without many problems, as my CPU temps are very low.

Anyway, that was slightly offtopic. I just don't want my components dying in the long run, as this computer will remain as my primary one for at least another 2 years (it's very fast as it is for me right now). The only thing that I might change down the road is add a harddrive or 2 for RAID - nothing spectacular.