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Upgrade Dell Dimension 8300 PSU to 400w

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December 9, 2010 12:05:27 AM

I just ordered a 400w Dell PSU to upgrade the 305 PSU on my Dimension 8300...I have read where that might be too much for the motherboard...is this true? I am upgrading the Power Supply because I run Second Life and it is a graphics beast...so I am planning on also upgrading my GeForce 6200 to a 7800. Any feedback will be welcome.

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December 9, 2010 7:59:44 PM

Where did you read that? You should be fine. Your CPU will pull in the power it needs, it won't overload.
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December 9, 2010 9:18:46 PM

Pallimud said:
Where did you read that? You should be fine. Your CPU will pull in the power it needs, it won't overload.


Hi there

Thank you...I think I read it here somewhere.

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December 9, 2010 9:42:16 PM

If it would fit a 1000W PSU would work fine in it. You can not damage a computer from having a large power supply.

The only way a power supply will damage a system is if the voltages are out of specs. If the 12V goes to 15V or if the PSU has a power spike.

You could damage your system if you use a PSU that is too small. It could burn up and take out other components.
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March 21, 2011 2:42:42 AM

Thanks everyone for your help...I did upgrade to the 400watt supply and all went well.
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March 31, 2011 10:13:47 AM

Best answer selected by secondlifer.
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