[SOLVED] PSU Strong Enough for Upgrade?

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My current specifications are (not sure if all of it is needed, but adding it all just in case):
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A — https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-A/
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 Superclocked — https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Cooling-Graphics-04G-P4-2982-KR/dp/B00NI5DA2E
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K, 4.0 GHz — https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Unlocked-Skylake-Processor-BX80662I76700K/dp/B012M8LXQW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=i7+6700k&qid=1574220625&s=pc&sr=1-2
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2x 8GB sticks) DDR4, 3,200 MHz — https://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-Ripjaws-288-Pin-Desktop-F4-3200C16D-16GVGB/dp/B017WST5EE
Power Supply: APEX SL-8600 EPS 600W ATX12V — https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16817154023
Monitor: ASUS VG248QE 24" (1920x1080p), 144Hz — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Currently everything seems to run fine, which surprises me when I learned how old my power supply actually is. So I was wondering if I were to upgrade to:
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 (Mini) — https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-Graphics-IceStorm-Zt-T20710E-10M/dp/B07XSPWMP9/ref=sr_1_56?keywords=RTX+2080&qid=1574213300&refinements=p_n_condition-type:2224371011&rnid=2224369011&s=pc&sr=1-56

Would my power supply be powerful enough to handle it? My power supply is quite old too, about six years old. I saw some places say that the minimum power supply requirement is kind of overestimated for some graphics cards, which is why I ask.
 

Jason H.

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My current specifications are (not sure if all of it is needed, but adding it all just in case):
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A — https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-A/
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 Superclocked — https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Cooling-Graphics-04G-P4-2982-KR/dp/B00NI5DA2E
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K, 4.0 GHz — https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Unlocked-Skylake-Processor-BX80662I76700K/dp/B012M8LXQW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=i7+6700k&qid=1574220625&s=pc&sr=1-2
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2x 8GB sticks) DDR4, 3,200 MHz — https://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-Ripjaws-288-Pin-Desktop-F4-3200C16D-16GVGB/dp/B017WST5EE
Power Supply: APEX SL-8600 EPS 600W ATX12V — https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16817154023
Monitor: ASUS VG248QE 24" (1920x1080p), 144Hz — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Currently everything seems to run fine, which surprises me when I learned how old my power supply actually is. So I was wondering if I were to upgrade to:
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 (Mini) — https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-Graphics-IceStorm-Zt-T20710E-10M/dp/B07XSPWMP9/ref=sr_1_56?keywords=RTX+2080&qid=1574213300&refinements=p_n_condition-type:2224371011&rnid=2224369011&s=pc&sr=1-56

Would my power supply be powerful enough to handle it? My power supply is quite old too, about six years old. I saw some places say that the minimum power supply requirement is kind of overestimated for some graphics cards, which is why I ask.
yes. your system will be around a 400w draw with the 2060 super. Your fine. im upgrading to a 2060 super tomorrow and have a 550w and I still have about 100w of headroom.

however Ive never heard of that brand. and its not certified. So id worry more about it failing and killing your system over worrying about it being powerful enough.
 

Jason H.

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My current specifications are (not sure if all of it is needed, but adding it all just in case):
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A — https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z170-A/
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB GDDR5 Superclocked — https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Cooling-Graphics-04G-P4-2982-KR/dp/B00NI5DA2E
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K, 4.0 GHz — https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Unlocked-Skylake-Processor-BX80662I76700K/dp/B012M8LXQW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=i7+6700k&qid=1574220625&s=pc&sr=1-2
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2x 8GB sticks) DDR4, 3,200 MHz — https://www.amazon.com/G-Skill-Ripjaws-288-Pin-Desktop-F4-3200C16D-16GVGB/dp/B017WST5EE
Power Supply: APEX SL-8600 EPS 600W ATX12V — https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16817154023
Monitor: ASUS VG248QE 24" (1920x1080p), 144Hz — https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Currently everything seems to run fine, which surprises me when I learned how old my power supply actually is. So I was wondering if I were to upgrade to:
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 (Mini) — https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-Graphics-IceStorm-Zt-T20710E-10M/dp/B07XSPWMP9/ref=sr_1_56?keywords=RTX+2080&qid=1574213300&refinements=p_n_condition-type:2224371011&rnid=2224369011&s=pc&sr=1-56

Would my power supply be powerful enough to handle it? My power supply is quite old too, about six years old. I saw some places say that the minimum power supply requirement is kind of overestimated for some graphics cards, which is why I ask.
yes. your system will be around a 400w draw with the 2060 super. Your fine. im upgrading to a 2060 super tomorrow and have a 550w and I still have about 100w of headroom.

however Ive never heard of that brand. and its not certified. So id worry more about it failing and killing your system over worrying about it being powerful enough.
 
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yes. your system will be around a 400w draw with the 2060 super. Your fine. im upgrading to a 2060 super tomorrow and have a 550w and I still have about 100w of headroom.

however Ive never heard of that brand. and its not certified. So id worry more about it failing and killing your system over worrying about it being powerful enough.
I'm not sure if it matters, but I'm upgrading to a 2070 Super not 2060 Super. Thanks for the speedy reply though.
 
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Oh wow Im so sorry! I didnt read it properly!

But yes you will still be fine!

But like I said, your PSU is offbrand and does not even have a bronze cert. I would replace that PSU as soon as possible. Its the most important piece inside of your rig.
I mean, I've had my power supply since 2013 and it's served me well. But I do plan on upgrading it very soon since, well, it's far past its own expected life expectancy. It's the power supply which came with my computer when I got it custom built from iBuyPower back in 2013 and I never looked too much into it/PSUs in general. Would you have any good recommendations, preferably relatively cheap (within ~$100 maximum)?
 

Jason H.

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I mean, I've had my power supply since 2013 and it's served me well. But I do plan on upgrading it very soon since, well, it's far past its own expected life expectancy. It's the power supply which came with my computer when I got it custom built from iBuyPower back in 2013 and I never looked too much into it/PSUs in general. Would you have any good recommendations, preferably relatively cheap (within ~$100 maximum)?
Oh yea brother. Let me tell you right now. REPLACE THAT IMMEDIATELY.

Heres the thing. A offbrand non-cert PSU has the ability to not only burn down your house. BUT EVEN WORSE lol, it has the ability to destroy your entire pc with 1 power surge. Now your out 1000-1200 bucks on a new pc. Also the power output on a psu like that is NOT reliable at all!

And ofc there are WAY better options out there. You have had this psu since 2013? Wow... definately time to upgrade.

Here is a really decent, budget friendly PSU that I could highly recommend over your current psu. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/corsair-cx-m-series-650w-atx12v-2-4-eps12v-2-92-80-plus-bronze-modular-power-supply-matte-black/5845214.p?skuId=5845214&ref=212&loc=1&ref=212&loc=1&ds_rl=1260666&ds_rl=1266837&ds_rl=1268709&ds_rl=1266837&gclid=CjwKCAiAws7uBRAkEiwAMlbZjguzSj_ZRQJ1Tz5YPgO5z1CybDhTWHem37c21TaFTGnKTfr5QtEr-BoCnjkQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Now this PSU isnt the best out, its older, and some would even recommend a better one but this is about the lowest I would go quality wise for a PSU and the price is fantastic! Itd be a major step up from your current PSU and would be MUCH MORE RELIABLE! I opt'd for a 650w to keep you within the efficency curve of PSU usage vs quality of output with your upgrades coming.
 

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