Is my PC underpowered?

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Poepol
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Hi all, my names Poepol, I'm 17 and have medium to advanced knowledge of PC's.

Ok on to my question, I have this feeling my PC is underpowered, don't know why, but I really think so.

My specs are:

I5 750

P55 WB mobo

GTX285 Sparkle 1gig

4 gig ram

TB hard drive

550 watt Huntkey Titan power supply.

 

I have a sneaky feeling my 285 is underpowered, I originally wanted to get a 700 + PSU though the guy at the shop was 100% sure that the 550 would be enough. I was low on money so I trusted him. Though my pc is really warm imo, 35 C idle and upto 60 C doing some intensive gaming. Fair enough this was summer, now in winter it's a lot better. I have 6 fans in total nl. CPU, Graphics card. PSU, Front bottom, side middel, back top. Also it doesn't exactly perform as I hoped it would.

 

I basicly get the sam frame rates as guys with 3.0 ghz duals, and GTX 260, 2gig ram. I do get more than he does and some other friends but still, I would expect more than I'm getting. In graphics intense games I would get 70 - 90(BFBC2) and he would get(50 - 80). Though I usually get 60 with Vsync to match my Montior Hz. Modern Warfare I get (90 - 350(looking at a wall)) and he gets (80 - 300). I don't think this is much of a difference, though I might be wrong.

Thanks in adnvance.:)

dustyschaffner
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yes i think a 285 needs more than a 550w

try 650w or 700w

undeadkingpr
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Nope 285 is good on a 550W as long as you have the amps-

Those fps are fine-No need to upgrade right now

i5+285 is not underpowered-You should be fine for atleast a year

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Poepol
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Thanks, I will try going with a 650. See how that works out for me.

undeadkingpr
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Upgrading the PSU will not improve performance. Either a component runs or does not run.

an i5 with a TDP of 130W+285 +rest of system combine to top out at maybe 400W of power draw on max load. Thus you are not maxing your current PSU