my old psu fried now im looking to replace it, preferably with more wattage my old one was a 250w and i want a 350w or even a 400w. is there anything i should look for before buy a new one, like input range or amp output?, i just need some sort of direction before makeing a purchase.:uhoh:
Depending on what you want your PC to do or be capable of in the forseable future. 250W in todays PC's is very low, unless you're not planning on upgrading soon then get a bigger one. Next thing to look at is the amps. Atleast 20Amps is needed with any 64Bit PC, preferably more. Also, look at reviews. If it has a good review from someone who knows what they're talking about then it might be worth going for. Also check that is has all the connectors you need, or be willing to buy adaptors/splitters.
that there is a psu wattage calculator, just work out what power your pc might use if everything runs at the same time (which is unlikely, but gives you a safe amount of spare power so the psu isnt overworked)
dont get a cheap psu, if it gives up then it could do some damage to your components
Thinking about it.
First things first, what are your specs. 350w is more than enough on a stock system. if you've got a gaming rig with a high end video cards, 2 gigs of ram or more then that changes everything. mobo, video card, sli?single?, audio card, RAM, processor?
I run cheap powersupplies on my work, mailserver and general internet browsing machines at home. But the nicer PSU on my video editing and gaming rigs. It all depends on your application and components, everything, even cheap PSU have a time and place.
thanx 4 the input. well my pc is nothing special, no sli, it has integrated video, intel celeron, one stick of ram, one loosey harddrive, and cdrw drive just the basics, though i just wanted to replace my fried psu with something that has more wattage i was thinking of installing a dvdrw+- while im at it, so i figured somthing with more wattage should be capable of handleing the extra dvdrw drive.
Unless you have some major upgrades slated for the near future you'll be fine with a 300-350w psu. I wouldn't break the bank over a PSU for your application.
Only thing you'll need to keep in mind is 20 or 24 pin for your mobo. Even with just a 350w, you can run a 6800+ series card or comparible, as well as your DVD/RW. My theory is, don't spend money when you don't need to so you can save for an upgrade later.
IF you did do a complete hardware refresh, I'd strongly suggest shopping for that psu later on when your piecing your system together then to ensure compatibility.
With that said, This would be more than enough for you. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817163110
thanx for the info Aristole13. ill consider it when i get some money to buy the power supply. i just hope my mobo didnt fry when the psu did.