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I popem an dropem

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1st December 2004

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#1 14 years ago

i was lookin at my pc 1 day and i saw that my power supply was 115 and most systems have atleast 500should i upgrade this hek i have 8 fans all types of sizes and some times i hear my fans or 1 fan sound like its powering down or somthing the pc i got i traded it for my laptop for a desktop so ther is some thing in ther i dont know about maybe 15% i dont know i think i need to go online to get updates and im not even gettin that sp2 crap.......:tommygun:



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#2 14 years ago

You should upgrade your power supply if you care about your computer....my friend had a 350 watt power supply and it was not enough....would not display graphics worth a crap......You need consistant power for all of your parts....spend 40 bucks..its an easy fix. If you arnt having problems with graphics and computer seems to do ok, don'[t wory about it. I have a 420 in my new one...350 in my gateway....runs a radeon9800pro256 hooked up to the power supply, sound card, two extra fans......n o prob if it aint broke dont fix it


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#3 14 years ago

Most power supplies ARE 115... 115 VOLTS that is. The other common voltage is 230. The power supply converts, or transforms, this power into a form that can be used by your system components. You probably saw something like this:

That's a 300W power supply. The 115 and 230 are the INPUT voltages.

What you should be concerned with is the WATTS, which, if you're running a P4 (or comparable) system should be 400 Watts minimum. Excessive amounts of cooling fans or certain video cards that need to draw direct power and you'll want 450 minimum.