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a b ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 1:17:39 AM

I'm currently looking at Antec Earthwatt series and I just found out they don't provide us with the power cord? Where do I buy the power cord? Is all power cord compatible? I have a really old one :/ 
a b ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 2:24:35 AM

Yeah. They're all the same. The same power cord for all PSUs, same one used for LCD monitors. You can get them at your local computer store or wherever you got the power supply.
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February 27, 2010 2:26:31 AM

I'm pretty sure the PSU should come with a power cord though. Where did you see that it doesn't?
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February 27, 2010 4:31:32 AM

Most do. But some cheap ones don't. I'm surprised an earthwatts wouldn't though. So yeah are you sure it doesn't wintermint?
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a b ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 4:39:25 AM

If you really have an old one just lying around, you can use it since its all the same. Just make sure that there is no defect by physically inspecting it for burn marks or cuts.
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a c 165 ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 4:44:14 AM

cjl said:
I'm pretty sure the PSU should come with a power cord though. Where did you see that it doesn't?



antec's earthwatt series don't come with a cord, you can pick one up at radioshack or best buy
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a c 248 ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 5:59:10 AM

Antec does not always include a power cord. Here is what Antec has to say about that:

"No power cord included. By reusing your existing cord, you can reduce waste and help protect the environment"

It is most prevalent with their new Eartwatts Green models.

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February 27, 2010 1:23:23 PM

You can use any of them 3 pin plugs in that shape. Same one as the PS3, most LCD telly's and monitors aswell thesedays. Bit arsey of them not to provide one though. Protecting the environment by forcing you to buy one in its own individual plastic wrapper.. Nice.. Very Nice
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a b ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 4:08:05 PM

Vampyrbyte said:
You can use any of them 3 pin plugs in that shape. Same one as the PS3, most LCD telly's and monitors aswell thesedays. Bit arsey of them not to provide one though. Protecting the environment by forcing you to buy one in its own individual plastic wrapper.. Nice.. Very Nice

They're assuming most people will be replacing a PSU or building a replacement PC and thus will have an existing lead. A fair assumption in most cases, although obviously it will put some people out.
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a b ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 4:39:11 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
Antec does not always include a power cord. Here is what Antec has to say about that:

"No power cord included. By reusing your existing cord, you can reduce waste and help protect the environment"

It is most prevalent with their new Eartwatts Green models.


Yeah thats what it said :(  since im a total noob I was like wth what im gonna do ><
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a c 144 ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 5:06:06 PM

No. All power cords are not the same. The plugs all match, but some have heavier cords and therefore a greater current capacity. The way to tell if your cord is adequate: Run your equipment with it for an hour. Feel the cord. If it is warm to the touch, you need a better (heavier) power cord.
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a c 248 ) Power supply
February 27, 2010 6:46:32 PM

^5 +1 what jsc

Absolutely correct. Just because the power cords look identical does not mean they are.
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February 27, 2010 11:39:55 PM

jsc said:
No. All power cords are not the same. The plugs all match, but some have heavier cords and therefore a greater current capacity. The way to tell if your cord is adequate: Run your equipment with it for an hour. Feel the cord. If it is warm to the touch, you need a better (heavier) power cord.

Or just look at the rating. Many power cords have a rating on them somewhere (in amps). Assuming your PSU is a modern one with active PFC, you'll need about 1 amp for every hundred watts of PSU capacity. All standard power cords (aside from ridiculously thin ones) should be good to at least 3 or 4 amps, so unless you have fairly high power needs on your system, any generic power cord should do.
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