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Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by DavidRO99, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. DavidRO99
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    So im upgrading my pc, but a main concern is that my power supply will just fail as soon as I start it up because its only 450w. Thats why im coming here for help, im upgrading from an i3 540 3.07ghz to and i5 6600k Skylake, the difference in wattage is 18w.
    My full pc specs are:
    GTX 750 Ti - GPU
    i3 540 - CPU
    6GB 1333mhz - RAM
    450W Power Supply from EVGA
    GA-H55M-S2V as the motherboard(I know I have to upgrade that to use the i5)
    and thats about all.
     
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    What's your efficiency standard on that power supply? Does it have an 80+ certification (Bronze/Platinum/etc.)?
     
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    I dont really know tbh, because when my power supply failed I brought it to a local city shop as I wasnt too happy to open my computer and rewire everything, how would I find out?
     
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    Do you know its name or model number?
    Looking really quickly online, it seems most of EVGA's 450 watt power supplies are 80+ Bronze certified, which means they typically have at least 80% wattage efficiency.

    Do you know how much total watts your PC uses right now? It's fine if you don't, we can calculate it quickly.
     
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    I sadly dont know how many watts it uses (sorry if I am a pain)
     
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    Lol, no worries.
    Here's a power supply calculator: https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
    Quickly fill that out w/ your new PC build and we can see how much wattage you're gonna need and assess if your current PSU is good enough.

    @DavidRO99 Oh btw, there's a "Basic" mode on that calculator if the "Expert" one is a bit too daunting.
     
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    the site doesnt let me select 2 monitors that are different sizes, it only lets me select 2 monitors that are the same size
     
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    that cpu uses a 1156 socket
    you will not have to change the board because it's a i3 or i5 or i7, you have to change it because you are moving to a newer cpu that uses a new chipset (skylake uses 1151) you could get a first gen i5 for that pc

    you also need to get ram, skylake uses ddr4 (in intel website it says it also supports ddr3L, not sure what that means but i do think it's for laptops?)
     
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    The monitors don't affect your PSU wattage calculation, and even if then only minimally. I don't really know why they're on there. Select two of the same size, shouldn't make any difference.
     
  10. DavidRO99
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    well crap, I guess 8gb ddr4 it is

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    Crucial 8GB DDR4 2133MHz is this one good?
     
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    it's only there because a gpu using 2 monitors will suposly use more power (to render both screens) or maybe it's just for statistics lol, it doesn't matter, but for the closest thing just select a monitor with the same resolution
     
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    Oh yeah, you'll be just fine with your current 450 W PSU.
     
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    nice, I guess with that money that I would have spent on a PSU I can get those 8gb of ram
     
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    ok anyway i just checked on nvidea, that gpu will draw 60 watts, nvidea reccomends a minimum of 300
    so you most likely will be fine.

    ignore the people that get 1000-1500 psu watts for their gaming computers because they are dumb.
     
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    Just to be safe, throw your new PC specs into PCPartPicker and let it check for any incompatibilities: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/
    Would suck to buy a bunch of new parts and find out they don't work together.
     
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    the 750 ti is the one I currently have in my pc, im only upgrading my cpu and ram(I didnt really want ram but I have no choice)

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    "Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor does not include a stock CPU cooler" wait what?
     
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    double check the ram compatibility on the new motherboard you get, but most likely you also will need ram because either way your ram is probably normal ram and not the DDR3L (wich is a lower voltage version)
    anyways, a stick of ram should be like 30-50 bucks, get the cheapest you can for now, doesn't make much a difference

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    ho yeah, K processors don't have coolers included... get the i5-6600.. just means you will not be able to overclock it, it's the same thing, but it does include the cooler and it's cheaper...
    if you are on a tight budget get the normal version...
     
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    Ok thanks, was really confused about that, wont be overclocking anyway(not planning to atleast)