Originally Posted by Trotter
You defintely want to replace that PSU ASAP. Other than that, looks good.
I disagree, while the OP did make the mistake of buying an unreccomended brand, there is no need to replace it unless there is an imediate problem with it.
If he cares to determine whether he really should or should not replace it asap, testing needs to be done.
He will need to acquire a Digital Multimeter and test it's Voltage outputs under load first. Each separate Voltage output needs to be within +/- 5% of its rated Voltage.
Thus if he just so happens to be measureing a 12+ Volt wire/prong, the output voltage can be within a range of about 11.4Volts through 12.6 Volts
Same math can be applied to the other Voltages as well.
3.3 X .05 == variance acceptable for this output
5 X .05 == variance acceptable for this output
If they readings are out of a 5% +/- variance of the rated voltage, then he should replace it.
Course he could do amperage tests, but voltage is the easiest...
The most effective way to maximize the wattage output and strain on the power supply is prehaps to overclock the GPU and CPU Slightly and then moniter the rails during a few runs of 3Dmark06.