Is my PSU enough for my computer?

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Joined: 09/27/2010
Posts: 17

Hey Rodney and memebers of,

1st Question
I have an old system which i built in 2006.
It has:
*Gigabyte Motherboard S Series (S4)
*AMD 64 Athlon x2 (Dual core)
*2x1gb ram
*512mb graphics card (pci-e)
*320gb internal harddrive
*sony dvd-rw burner
*all running on a 430watt Thermaltake PSU

I was deciding to upgrade it and I was not sure if my psu could support it.
*2 way sli Gigabyte GTS 450 PCI-E 2.0 1GB DDR5 128-bit, 810/3608MHz, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, Fan
*Extra 2x1gb corsair ram (therefore total 4gb ram)
*Extra 1TB internal harddrive

If it can't, what power range should I use to replace my old one?

2nd Question
I have the older version case Thermaltake Soprano. They soon made a better ventilated one. Since I have the old model, the air intake is not enough. It currently has a 120mm intake and a 120mm exhaust fan, and a 80mm side fan direct at the cpu cooling. How can I make it more efficient in cooling the pc? (Please don't suggest watercooling unit cause its too much of a hassle for me)

Thanks in advance.

Joined: 09/24/2010
Posts: 45

For your first question, I would buy a new PSU. 430W is not enough for SLI GTS 450's. Also, unless you are going to change your motherboard/CPU/RAM it won't even be worth it to get an SLI setup with current video cards since there will be a massive bottleneck.

For your second question, if you are good with metal work (or know someone who is), you can modify the case to accept more fans, and make sure the cables inside are as out-of-the-way as possible. It may be better to get a new case, though.

i7 2600k | 8GB RAM | eVGA GTX 460 1GB | 640GB HDD | Corsair HX1000 | CM690 II Adv. | Windows 7 64-bit

Joined: 09/27/2010
Posts: 17

Thanks CaptainYourPlanet!