If you drop the card, the Pico would have no trouble at all. If you keep it, and the motherboard really does draw that much under load, you might be on the thermal edge of the Pico's abilities. I say thermal, because it's power output is actually underrated.redtyler1 wrote:Hi all,
I am building a low power consumption XP MCE box. These are the components:
Case: GMC AVC-S7
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H (55w)
CPU: AM2 Athlon X2 BE-2350 (45w)
RAM: OCZ Platinum 2gb (?w)
DVD: notebook slot DVD player (5w)
Video Card: MSI 8600GT (45w)
Hard Drive: Seagate 5400rpn 2.5 80gb (5w)
I've tried to estimate the components' power usage, but i am not sure if I have them correct.
I was going to use either the picoPSU-120 or the PW-200-M, but I don't know enough about the differences between the two, is it just wattage?, and whether the system i am building would work with the power brick mechanism.
I routinely build systems, but have never done this before. I am considering dropping the vid card since this will be exclusively an htpc. No gaming at all.
Can someone help me out? Thank you very much.
Then again, if the 8600 uses less power than my x1950pro, if everything is stock, no OC, the Pico should handle it fine. The PW-200 is a good alternative, but it probably isn't necessary, especially if you drop the video card.