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Power Concerns - How much should I plug in?

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December 17, 2007 4:17:51 PM

I'm currently running 2 computers on a single power outlet (with a surge protector power strip) with the following specs:
Intel E2180 @ 3Ghz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
2x1GB Super Talent DDR2-800 @ DDR2-1000
1 Hard Drive, 1 DVD Burner
Nvidia 8800GT
Silverstone 500W PSU (18A per rail, 2 rails)

AMD Opteron 1212
Abit NF-M2
1GB G.Skill DDR2-800
1 Hard Drive, 1 DVD Burner
Onboard Nvidia 6150 Graphics
Zumax 550W PSU (18A per rail, 2 rails)

I am also running a 19" LCD Monitor, an old 14" CRT monitor (on rarely), a printer, and a Sharp stereo.

Is it safe to plug in more things? In a nutshell, I have 2 computers, a LCD monitor, a stereo, printer, and occasionally an old CRT.

I'm considering plugging in an old P3, 192MB ram computer with a 120W PSU with a single rail of 2A and potentially another computer. I figure the most wattage being pulled out of this socket is somewhere around 900W, but I don't think wattage is the main thing that matters here...is it?

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December 17, 2007 5:50:28 PM

UM....wow thats alot of stuff.. for reference I only ever plug My Computer by itself into a surge protector and then directly into a wall outlet, for maximum power throughput and safety. Having that many highpower consumption items on a single outlet supply is setting yourself up for failure, or fire, one of the 2. Goodluck :) 
December 17, 2007 9:11:54 PM

My god man get another wall socket. I live in AUS and the most that house wiring/wall sockets can handle is 2.4kw which if you had every thing going i recon youd come close too
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December 17, 2007 9:48:17 PM

You might want to use another power out let. I recommend that you run no more that 2 mid/high end PCs in a single outlet.

PS: You defenently need a surge protector or a UPS.
December 17, 2007 10:14:28 PM

toasty2 said:
I'm currently running 2 computers on a single power outlet (with a surge protector power strip) with the following specs:
Intel E2180 @ 3Ghz
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
2x1GB Super Talent DDR2-800 @ DDR2-1000
1 Hard Drive, 1 DVD Burner
Nvidia 8800GT
Silverstone 500W PSU (18A per rail, 2 rails)

AMD Opteron 1212
Abit NF-M2
1GB G.Skill DDR2-800
1 Hard Drive, 1 DVD Burner
Onboard Nvidia 6150 Graphics
Zumax 550W PSU (18A per rail, 2 rails)

I am also running a 19" LCD Monitor, an old 14" CRT monitor (on rarely), a printer, and a Sharp stereo.

Is it safe to plug in more things? In a nutshell, I have 2 computers, a LCD monitor, a stereo, printer, and occasionally an old CRT.

I'm considering plugging in an old P3, 192MB ram computer with a 120W PSU with a single rail of 2A and potentially another computer. I figure the most wattage being pulled out of this socket is somewhere around 900W, but I don't think wattage is the main thing that matters here...is it?


What other outlets are running on that circuit, and what is plugged in to them? also, is it a 15A circuit or a 20A? Amp to wattage conversion is amperage x voltage = watts. So in my case, my PC, monitor, printer, speakers, NAS and several other bits pulls 1.2A at the wall. That's going into my UPS main feed. (Not sure how much the UPS draws on its own) AUS is 220 V, so the total wattage my system is pulling is say 270 W.
December 18, 2007 4:02:25 AM

I'm not sure on the specifics but I've had all this stuff (just 2 computers, 2 monitors, and a printer, small stereo) plugged in for a couple months with no issues. I'll just be careful in adding more stuff (small stuff), I'll stick the other computer somewhere else. I'm not sure on the exact amount of power this stuff is using, but I know I have at least a 15A circuit.
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