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POWER SOURCE FRIED!!!!

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by MORDAJ, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. MORDAJ

    MORDAJ Member

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    So yesterday my power source decided to fry on me for no reason. I was wondering since I have a 400W power source if I could put in one with a lower wattage because I have one laying around. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. forkman

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    It will work just fine, you only need a larger Psu if your running lots of components.
    Ie 2 hard drives,2 roms loads of fans and so on.
     
  3. ken0042

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    I guess it would also depend on what the wattage is. For example 230 W will not be enough.

    Also, if you are using a Pentium 4 you will need the extra power outlet that newer power supplies have for the CPU. (4 prong square plug)
     
  4. vurbal

    vurbal Administrator Staff Member

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    Another thing to remember is that not all power supplies put out as many watts as they claim. Cheap power supplies often have a lower output than they are rated at, and many times good brands actually have a higher than rated output.

    When I was teaching A+ certification classes (a couple of years ago), a student of mine found a good web page for determining what wattage PS you need based on your components. I don't remember the address, but you might want to see if you can find something like that.
     
  5. niteman

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    Try www.tomshardware.com, they had a test between 12 PSU and alot of links. If I'm not mistaking one was to calculate your approximate W usage.
     
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    I must be blind or something because I don't see it on that page.
     
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