So I have this cheapo $200 special no profit margin pc I got 5 years ago just for internet browsing and youtube watching.
No heaving gaming aside from some facebook/zynga games my nephew likes to play.
I hopped on a FAR Radeon HD5450 card not too long ago slapped it in and I'm on my way.
One thing I noticed on the box was a recommended power supply of 400 Watts or better.
Looking at my tiny power supply I see 180 Watts.
Do I need to be concerned about cooking something? I won't be dong any high end gaming but some high def resolution videos would be a nice end goal.
Should I break down and spend some cash on a power supply? Or not worry about it along as I'm not pushing it?
Thanks much for the advice!
No, you'll be fine. If your PSU is outmatched by the load, your system will stop working, shut down, or fail to boot.
Unless you have 10 HDDs in your system, you'll have plenty. In fact, it's better that you have a small PSU. PSUs are most efficient when they're supplying 50-70% of max load. most basic computer run at around 90-120 W depending on CPU, so a 180W PSU is perfect.
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Your PSU should be fine as long as you don't have much else in there. 180W sounds weird, unless its an SFF its probably 200W. Usually PSUs have two ratings and one is for max total output (the one that's usually advertised for).
Already using VLC.
And I would assume that when the install said "connecting to the internet for updates" it pulled down the latest drivers.
I think the bottle neck is the Celeron-D processor
Haha, I still have a Dell I bought on one of my earlier SDs in early 2006 that came with a 2.53GHz Celeron D. I later (like a year ago) "upgraded" to a P4 3.0GHz, which I got for free somewhere. Its kind of funny, I still use it like a print server and for emergencies, but I'm finally thinking about upgrading it.
What kind of socket is in there? S.478 or LGA775? You could easily get a faster (and with more cache) pentium processor for <$10 (more like $4-$8 on eBay). Also if you are lucky, you might have a LGA775 socket with a chipset that supports dual-core CPUs (and by dual-core I mean the sad Pentium Ds). That should provide some sort of upgrade and those can be had for $10 on eBay.
If you can, you could just find yourself a cheap mobo & cpu combo and some ram and with your old parts you'd get a pretty cheap machine (~$100), but why mess with perfection .
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