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Biostar IDEQ 200V Power Supply Upgrade Allowable?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mark345, Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. mark345

    mark345 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I really need some help upgrading my Biostar IDEQ 200V "small form factor" PC if thats ok!

    I'd like to know if it would actually be possible to replace my 200W with a 450/500W PSU? This to provide the additional power for a Sapphire HD 3850 AGP Graphics card (which requires at least a 450W PSU)

    Heres my computer: http://www.biostar-usa.com/ideqdetails.asp?model=ideq+200v
    (The only upgrade I have is a Creative Audigy sound card)

    The reason I'm cautious about adding a 450/500W PSU is because my motherboard is not a straight forward ATX board; in that it takes an ATX power supply, but only measures 305 x 191 mm- which is not as wide as a proper ATX, making it a micro/flexi board??

    I dont know if the smaller boards can handle the same power as the bigger ones basically.

    Please help,

    Thanks alot!

    Mark
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Being a small form factor case you will most likely have to search for a Power Supply to fit the case, as far as the power of the PSU, a higher wattage rating should be no problem, but the more important rating is the Amperage on the +12Vdc rail(s), still one with a higher Amperage rating should be no problem.
     
  3. mark345

    mark345 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply DustyJay- Yeah I'm gonna have to get a bigger case then (y) But, I still need some advice please people:

    I've been trying to find out which type of motherboard i have for a while because I'm not sure what type of computer case I should order.. if I should get a case with standard ATX mountings of Micro ATX mountings??

    The measurements of my motherboard is 305mm x 191mm (LxW) and the sockets/inputs are located across shorter side of the board. Here's my PC/motherboard: http://www.biostar-usa.com/ideqdetails.asp?model=ideq+200v

    Please help me out on this one too if you can! I know- I'm lame and should just take it in to a shop- but its so much cheaper online!

    Thanks alot

    Mark
     
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