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how much power can a normal socket take? - USA

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April 8, 2013 8:35:55 AM

i have a computer that is a phenom 955 black
a 5770
8gb of ram
5hdds and 1ssd
and i believe that is the most significant power drains

i also have a syncmaster t240hd monitor

i know this isnt enough in and of itself to trip a circuit, but im thinking of getting a work computer, and if all goes well, it will have

32gb ram, 6core i7 (12 logical), 4tb hdd, 256gb ssd, its own monitor (mostlikey an isp dell at 1920x1200) and will be used for rendering, so it will take the cpu to load, and possibly the gpu too, which im hoping will be a titan, but could be a 79XX or a 680 depending on how things go.

im wondering if all that to one outlet, where at least 1 computer will be pushed to load when its on may be a worrisome issue.

i am looking at alternate areas to put the computer, but really, at my current desk is my only real option.

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April 8, 2013 8:43:49 AM

What make/model of power supply (PSU) do you intend to use? That will be what affects your outlet requirements more than anything else in this regard.
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April 8, 2013 8:44:36 AM

you probably limit by the amp on the circuit breaker.
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April 8, 2013 8:45:05 AM

usualy a wall socket is on a 15 amp circuit breaker and 110 volts so you will have to use psu calculator with all the parts you want to put in that system to find how much amp it will draw and the power neede to run it another thing you also have to see what are the other thing that use that same outlet breaker and use power from that line .
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April 8, 2013 8:51:26 AM

Don't worry, it's not an issue for a PC.
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April 8, 2013 8:57:54 AM

If the OP connected a 1500w PSU, for example, that would likely trip a breaker, especially if another PC and other components were attached directly to an outlet. That would also be massive overkill for the described PS.

Typically, as others have pointed out, this is not an issue. But the devil is in the details of exactly how many devices will be connected to a single outlet, as well as knowing the amperage of that particular circuit.
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April 8, 2013 11:28:39 AM

well i beleive i have a 600 watt bronse in the current pc
and the one im looking to get will most likely have a 750watt gold.

note one is going to be work and render so it will be on load most of the time, and i will still have my personal computer on and possibly under at least a cpu load, as i tend to do that allot on it right now.

the pc is hooked up to a circuit breaker (is that the right word... surge protector... i forget, its been years sense i needed to look into a new one), however if i get the work one, i may be looking into a batter backup, mostly incase of power fail and i may lose info if it gets tripped.

worst case scenario, anyone know what it would cost for an electrician to lay a new power line for a room? and how invasive would that be?
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April 8, 2013 12:20:56 PM

I would definitely connect to an UPS, but these components should be fine on a typical 15A/120V outlet.
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