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I’m rebuilding my PC to accept a 8600GTS video card and was wondering if I should keep my existing COOLMAX CX-350 or if I should upgrade to their 500w version? I got my 350 a little over 3 years ago now. The 350 has serviced me well these last 3 years so that’s why I considered this brand again. The system specs in full are: The Ram Video Card (The whole reason for doing this) Intel Motherboard The Processor Not shows in the list are 2 SATA drives, DVD Writer and a few case fans. I imagine its good enough but I’m not sure.

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I'd play it safe. It would be a shame if, however unlikely, your PSU took out your lovely new rig in a puff of Magic Blue SmokeTM

Just my opinion, but if I invested that much in a new computer, I wouldn't object to getting a new PSU for it.

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running a 1.8ghz Duo Core 2, 800mhz FSB. So much slower than what they're test system is.

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/8600_gts/9.html

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I’m rebuilding my PC to accept a 8600GTS video card and was wondering if I should keep my existing COOLMAX CX-350 or if I should upgrade to their 500w version? I got my 350 a little over 3 years ago now. The 350 has serviced me well these last 3 years so that’s why I considered this brand again.


Hi MrRage,
I personally would make an investment in a higher qualiity PSU when using an 8600GTS.

I am thinking about future proofing really. I am going to get an 8800 GTS 640MB myself, so I am thinking of getting a 600w+ quality PSU.

I would reccommend:

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX here

or

SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT here

if you in the US. The price may sound expensive, but you guys in the US can get the same components a for lot less than here in the UK.

I definately wouldn't skimp on the PSU, a quality PSU is a good investment.

Also, Enermax are considered a good make of PSU here in the UK, but I couldn't see any of them on the Newegg site.

Anyway, I would reccomend a 600w+ quality PSU.

HTH,
Cambo_frog

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Power supplies have a limited lifespan. Swapping it after 3 years, even though it works, isn't totally wasteful, it's just being careful.

And, while it might be possible to run your suggested system on 350W, I'd rather go over-specified and don't have to worry about it.

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