Improve company productivity with a Business Account.Sign Up

x
  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 422
  • Last Modified:

is the power supply hurting me?

Intel Pentium 3.2 512k cache
1 gig Corsair XMS memory in dual channel
Gigabyte 8knxp rev.2 Motherboard
2 x 36.7 gig 10k spin serial ata hard drives raid 0
1 x 160 gig serial ata
ATI Radeon x800 Pro
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Liquid Cooled CPU & Video
Aspire 510 watt Power Supply
Windows XP Pro SP1

I get pretty good benchmarks the machine runs real stabe. On aquamark 03 i score in the 57,000 range with no overclocking. My question is can the power supply hurt my benchmarks?  i only bought it because i have a Lian Li case w/side window and it is a see through with blue lights power supply.  Please give me your thoughts.

0
shadow66142000
Asked:
shadow66142000
1 Solution
 
DVation191Commented:
WIth a 510W PSU, why do you think you don't have enough power?
I have very very similar specs in my machine, with 2 extra hard drives and dual DVD burners... with a 420W PSU, and my machine benchmarks with the best of them. Unless there is some highly scientific reason I am not aware of, a better PSU won't improve your benchmarks. A *bad* power supply however (esp one that has unstable voltages) *can* hurt your equipment, but I doubt it would hurt performance up until the hardware failure occurs.
0
 
eccs19Commented:
I would say that if your system is running smothly, then your PS is fine.  It sounds like your PS is not underrated, so....
0
 
CallandorCommented:
The power supply can hurt your benchmarks if it is unable to deliver current when required or runs so hot that it raises the case temperature significantly.  Otherwise, it's ok.
0
Improved Protection from Phishing Attacks

WatchGuard DNSWatch reduces malware infections by detecting and blocking malicious DNS requests, improving your ability to protect employees from phishing attacks. Learn more about our newest service included in Total Security Suite today!

 
DVation191Commented:
Callandor with those specs do you really think a 510W PSU can would be insufficient?
0
 
CallandorCommented:
DVation191,

I have learned that just because the number is big, that doesn't guarantee good, regulated power that is enough and that doesn't fluctuate.  The only thing I might trust is the brand name, which tends to be consistent.
0
 
alivingstoneCommented:
That's an awesome set-up, that consumes an awesome amount of power, especially the x800... That thing is pig.
But your aspire (not bad, but not great) should be doing an adequate job.

If you have any doubts, run Motherboard monitor while running aquamark, and a few games, then take a look at the voltages. If you had any significant dips in your +12 or +3.3 rails (Ie: +12 falling to anywhere near 11.5 or the 3.3 falling to anywhere near 3.1), then your PSU might not be stable enough for your power hungry set-up.

Your benchmark scores will suffer slightly if you GPU isn't getting enough power at those peak times during benchmarking.  To be sure, I would run the test.

If it turns out that the Aspire just isn't doing the job, go for the enermax 550, it certainly will.
0
 
shadow66142000Author Commented:
thank you my question wasn't the wattage of the power supply it was the brand of the power supply. i have been told not to buy cheap power supplys ecspecially with my rig but i wasn't sure what the reprocusions of it was. when i built my rig and buying supply i was only looking at wattage and the cosmetics not brand.
0
 
CallandorCommented:
My list of preferred brand names: Enermax, Antec Truepower, PC Power & Cooling, Zalman, and Thermaltake Purepower.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now