Alright, so I just upgraded an old Athlon XP PC, I put in 1gb ram and a 6800GT. Apparently, I'm having some heat and power issues.
I've got it all running off of a Powmax 400w PSU (Sure it's a crappy brand but it should handle this 12V @ 25v).
Here's whats running:
-2 512MB DDR sticks
-Athlon XP 2200+ and Fan
-1 Case fan
-Power connector on 6800GT
I used everest to take a snapshot of the power and temps for this:
I also had similar results with Sandra. Is there a way I can test this on the board with my multimeter? According to some PSU calculators online, I only need a 350w for this.
When I first plugged this altogether and turned it on I heard 2 quick pops. After quickly flipping the surge protector and making sure everything was plugged in correctly, I convinced myself that this popping was caused by a cord hitting the fan and not capacitors blowing.
What should I do? I'm really low on cash and don't want to spend a ton. I'm also worried about my high CPU temps (seems like the fans have slowed down, but I've always had high CPU temps on this PC). Any quick fixes for under $50?