Originally Posted by yuriz43
I just got home and tested my box with a Kill-A-Watt,
Total system power: 140w -160w idle, and 250w-300w in game.
After doing more research on power supplies, I have to agree with you that a single 12v with 40+ amps would be ideal, but doesn't my current power usage seem a bit on the low side?
If it is really necessary, I would certainly buy another PSU, however I wanted to keep this upgrade cheap as possible since my next upgrade will be an entirely new system.
Here are my real system specifications:
Core 2 Duo E6420 (65w) @ 2.6 ghz
4GB XMMS2 DDR2 800
2x 7200 RPM drives
gtx 260 55nm 216core @stock.oc
(I'm guessing these fans are between 5w-15w each?)
If you are not doing any overclocking you might be ok although if it was me I would go ahead and purchase the PSU that I linked you to. Sometimes trying to save a few $$$ by skiming on the PSU can end up costing you a whole lot more $$$ in the long run than what you would have spent on a decent PSU in the first place.
You have to remember that its not just the PSU that might fail, you also run the risk of the PSU taking out the rest of your system as well if it does fail. I dont like those odds myself. The PSU is the heart of your system and is really the most important part.