Max power supply wattage for Dell Studio XPS 8100

Hello,
My XPS 8100 has a 250 watt PSU...Dell (India)says max is 350 watts...I think I need more...how high can I go with existing heat dissapation????
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  1. Heat?
    You mean power output?
    You could fit any standard ATX PSU in your case (at least i think you can).
  2. The 8100s here in the US come with a 350W PSU: http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/studio-xps-8100/pd
    But as jay_nar2012 said, you should ba able to install any std ATX power supply in the Dell case. You can get as large a wattage unit as you can afford. The amount of heat it generates will depend on the load you put on it. Since it is a top mount power supply case, the PSU's fan will draw case air in to cool itself and discharge it out the back. I don't see a problem.
  3. clutchc said:
    The 8100s here in the US come with a 350W PSU: http://www.dell.com/us/dfh/p/studio-xps-8100/pd
    But as jay_nar2012 said, you should ba able to install any std ATX power supply in the Dell case. You can get as large a wattage unit as you can afford. The amount of heat it generates will depend on the load you put on it. Since it is a top mount power supply case, the PSU's fan will draw case air in to cool itself and discharge it out the back. I don't see a problem.


    Thank you for your insight; my question came about when I attempted to add a 4 port USB 3.0 card in my Dell XPS 8100 and discovered that there were no available extra SATA connectors. My call to Dell resulted in them telling me my particular computer only has a 250 watt PSU and I need to upgrade...my thought is, if I need to go for higher wattage, why not go as high as practical. I'm not a gamer...I use my computer for my business...the general uses are for AutoCAD and Microsoft Office applications. Again, thanks.
  4. elyoungiii said:
    Thank you for your insight; my question came about when I attempted to add a 4 port USB 3.0 card in my Dell XPS 8100 and discovered that there were no available extra SATA connectors. My call to Dell resulted in them telling me my particular computer only has a 250 watt PSU and I need to upgrade...my thought is, if I need to go for higher wattage, why not go as high as practical. I'm not a gamer...I use my computer for my business...the general uses are for AutoCAD and Microsoft Office applications. Again, thanks.

    If you don't game with the machine, your choice of PSU can be much less expensive. Go for quality since business is of main concern. Here is a PSU calculator you can use to judge the size you need. I'm thinking 350W would be more than sufficient.
    http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
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