Well I just removed an HVR-1800 card from my PCI-E x1 slot because I never used it. It's one of those cards used to connect the PC to a television. I don't know if it uses watts even when not used but it disrupted airflow so I just removed it. Noticed the temperature on my current GPU is lower now, guess it's because the HVR was right on top of it.
And well it has two SATA drives (350 gigs each), two 1 Gig DDR2 RAM chips, two 512 gig DDR2 RAM chips (yes, I know, asinine, it came like that. I should replace them with one 1 gig RAM chip), and it has a Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 CPU. It has a PCI modem for the ethernet and that's about it.
What I do know is that my current graphics card, the 8500 GT, only takes approximatly 42 watts. The card I'm getting, the 9500 GT, takes 50 watts. That's not that huge of a jump, so if it were to cause any problems I would have been cutting it fairly close as it was (and this is how the comp came).
Ether way I removed the HVR-1800 because I had no use for it. Maybe I'll sell it. If the wattage jump is iffy then the removal of the HVR-1800 may balance it out when I get the new GPU.
Even then according to the manufacturer of the PSU it seems it shouldn't damage the PSU as it has fail-safes built in...I would hope.http://itwinkle.stor...hp35posu51.html
Short Circuit Protection, In-Rush Current Protection, Thermal Overload Cutoff Protection, Over-Temperature, Over-Voltage, Over-Current, Under Voltage
With that in mind, hopefully I have nothing to loose. If it doesn't work and this thing has a safety measure in place then I could just return it and no harm done (the only harm being me getting annoyed that I can't support a measly 9500 GT.)
Edited by Kacen, 19 September 2009 - 06:21 PM.