Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Enclosures, modding, blowholes, and the power needed to run it all.

Moderators: Nemesis, SpotTheCat

Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Postposted on Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:40 pm

I have a Seasonic Super Tornado 350 that is a little over 5 years old now. I'm looking to upgrade my system now, but would like to keep my case and power supply in order to save some $$$. For the CPU I'm looking at the Intel Pentium E5200. However, I'm concerned about what my options are for a video card and motherboard. What 'specifications' should I look for on a MB or VidCard to ensure my PS is compatible? Any suggestions on what would work best? For the Vid Card I was figuring on spending up to $130. For the MB I was figuring about $120.

Also, what are the rules on cross-posting? This topic might also fit in the Graphics or Motherboards sections.

Thanks
CaptainNapkin
Gerbil In Training
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:14 pm

Re: Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Postposted on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:49 pm

The Seasonic Super Tornado 350 is a ATX 1.3 design which means it has a 20-pin ATX header and is biased toward 3.3v/5v output rather than 12v which modern systems overwhelmingly require over the other voltages. Realistically, although you can get 20->24pin adaptors and the 19A your PSU puts out on the 12V rail should theoretically handle a Wolfdale CPU and a low-to-mid-range video card, you're probably better off getting something more appropriate for the job.
Q9400@3.2GHz | GA-P35-DS3L | 8GB DDR2-800 | MSI GTX 560 Ti | Lian Li PC-7B | Corsair 450VX | Dell 2005FPW
crazybus
Minister of Gerbil Affairs
Gold subscriber
 
 
Posts: 2258
Joined: Wed Feb 26, 2003 9:25 pm

Re: Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Postposted on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:28 pm

$97 Asus P5Q SE Plus (subtract another $15 MIR)
$80 Sapphire HD 4670 512MiB or $120 for Asus HD 4830 (subtract a further $20 MIR)

Then you should have about $40-60 for a new PSU. Try these:
$40 Antec Earthwatts 430W
$60 Corsair 400CX 400W (further $20 MIR)
$69 Corsair 450VX 450W (further $10 MIR)
$60 OCZ StealthXStream 500W (further $35 MIR)
... and others from FSP, SilverStone, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, etc.
Image
The Model M is not for the faint of heart. You either like them or hate them.

Gerbils unite! Fold for UnitedGerbilNation, team 2630.
Flying Fox
Gerbil God
 
Posts: 24415
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 2:19 am

Re: Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Postposted on Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:52 am

So..... you're saying that my PS is toast and its time to move on. :) Thanks for the tips on the new PSs I'll give them a look.
CaptainNapkin
Gerbil In Training
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:14 pm

Re: Vid Cards for 5yr old Power Supply

Postposted on Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:33 am

CaptainNapkin wrote:So..... you're saying that my PS is toast
If it is still working, it should still be a perfectly good unit. Just that it may not be up to today's power requirements.

CaptainNapkin wrote:its time to move on.
Unfortunately yes. Planned obsolescence is a fact of life when you are into computer stuff.
Image
The Model M is not for the faint of heart. You either like them or hate them.

Gerbils unite! Fold for UnitedGerbilNation, team 2630.
Flying Fox
Gerbil God
 
Posts: 24415
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 2:19 am


Return to Cases and Power Supplies

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests