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110v power supply in european made computer?

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  1. FlyingPierre

    FlyingPierre Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone,

    Here is my lil story, I've been living in the USA for a year and a half and finally brought my computer back from France, it's a pretty old desktop I made 5 years ago. The thing is, being in the USA, I'm now facing the 110v/220v issue.
    I checked the power supply in my computer it only takes 230v, there no 115/230v switch... I'm far from being an electrical specialist and so I am wondering if I can simply install a 110v power supply in my computer. Would it be compatible with the components and the power supply cables in the computer? I'm interested in this solution because I may need to buy a more powerful power supply as I'm thinking of getting a better video card and some more memory.
    The other solution I guess would be to buy a voltage convertor like this one right?

    Thanks all for your help!
    Pierre
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    If the power supply is a standard ATX type, it would be better to replace it with a 110 volt model. Since you are planning to upgrade your video card, you may need a better power supply anyway.

    The converter would work, but per the website you linked to, they recommend using a converter that has a power handing capacity 2X what you plan to connect to it; probably the 1000 watt model. $45 plus shipping is close to the price of a power supply.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    Some pw supplies do not have the 110/220 switch; they have auto sensing for the input voltage. Before spending any money, you might want to check the site of the pw supply mfg for specs. You may have an auto sensing unit.
     
  4. FlyingPierre

    FlyingPierre Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the replies!

    crjdriver, it's an old Linkworld LPM6-25, I checked it only takes 230v unfortunately...

    I'm gonna go for a new power supply, it may come in handy when I get a new video card and more memory. I just wanted to make sure that it would be compatible with the components in my computer.

    Thanks for your help guys I really appreciate it!
     
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