Bought new GFX card, PSU not enough power, advice needed..

Discussion in 'Power Supplies and UPS's' started by leohopkins, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. leohopkins

    leohopkins Geek Trainee

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    Hello everyone,

    Recently I bought a new graphics card "An Nvidia GTX 560Ti" to play my famourite games (namely F1 2011). - I should have read the box! It needs a 500w power supply and the one I have is 400w.

    It's fine running windows under normal conditions, but as soon as its starts processing heavily (i.e I load up a game) - the PC Reboots as the graphics card tries to draw too much power.

    I cannot really afford £80+ on a new PSU, so I thought of an alternative solution; but before I try it, want to know what others think?

    Keep my current PSU in the machine, feeding the machine. but buy a (cheap £30) additional 400W PSU with kettle lead to feed ONLY the power on the graphics card. - Yes this means the "unsightliness" of having the side panel off and another PSU by the side of the machine. but - would this solution work?

    Any advice would be great!

  2. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator

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    It is never advisable to use a cheap power supply, as these will mostly fail. See if you can find a used power supply (a corsair or enermax PSU).

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