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What Size Power Supply?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ttiefenbach, Jan 13, 2003.

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  1. ttiefenbach

    ttiefenbach Thread Starter

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    I have a PC that is running WIN98SE, on a AMD Athlon XP 2000 CPU, 256MB DDR 2100 RAM, a 40 GB HD, a 2GB HD, DVD-ROM drive, CD-RW drive, and a GeForce 440 MX video card. I was wondering if a 300 Watt power supply is big enough?

    After I hooked the PC together, it ran until about 24 hours later, non-stop, it burnt out the 300 Watt power supply. I wanted to know if I burnt the power supply out because of wattage, maybe a bad power supply, or maybe heat. The machine was running a bit warmmer than it should, but it has enough room to discharge the heat around the PC.

    I bought a bigger 350 Watt power supply and everything works fine now for more than 24hours, non-stop.

    Any help is great!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I doubt you burned out the supply, it was probably it's time to go. Even if the supply isn't adequate for the system, it'll just shutdown, not burn up. OTOH, I'd think that the 350 watt supply is about right for the system you have.
     
  3. ttiefenbach

    ttiefenbach Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the input. I bought the computer from a manufacter, and the power supply was generic. I bought a new Antec 350 Watt supply. It's running great!

    Thanks again.
     
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