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Power supply and mother board compatibility

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Scupulus, Mar 9, 2007.

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  1. Scupulus

    Scupulus Thread Starter

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    hi

    was wondering if anyone can answer this for me...

    i want a graphics card along the lines of ATI X1900. it needs a 400W+ PSU, my system has a 250W PSU.

    if i install a 400W PSU will it effect the other components in any way, eg... blow the motherboard? fry the HDD?

    searched already for an answer but could find a specify yes or no... cheers guys
     
  2. loserOlimbs

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    Most likely no. There are some older Dell systems that had a proprietary power supply where the pins were switched around so that only a Dell PSU could be used.

    As far as pure wattage goes, have no fear. 1000w power supplies are just as safe if not safer than that 200w in the current system.

    Really, if your planning on investing in such a nice graphics card, you might as well put just a little more into the PSU as well, maybe a 450w or 500w.
     
  3. akbillj

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    I just bought an Antec sp500 and it is backwards compatible with the older boards, it has a breakaway power supply that will fit 20pin or 24pin mobos. A very nice power system. good luck.
     
  4. Scupulus

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    thanks guys... greatful for the help
     
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