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Foreign PSU in American Rig

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November 5, 2012 5:41:23 PM

I was offered a Thermaltake 650 Watt Toughpower Power Express 5.25" power supply from my friend for $40. Only problem is it is from the Netherlands. It comes with a Schuko to US Adapters to make it work in an American computer. My question is, will this power supply damage my graphics cards? Can a foreign power supply be used with an American gaming rig?
November 5, 2012 7:11:32 PM

All the internal components use the same power specs no matter the country. you only have to worry about switching the input from 220v to 110v. but you should list your system specs 650w PSU may not be enough.
a b ) Power supply
November 5, 2012 8:11:57 PM

Any high quality PSU should have a 220v->110v switch built right in.
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November 6, 2012 4:31:22 AM

The system it is for is an HP xw9400. Dual Opteron 2427 Processors (12x2.22ghz) with the HP xw9400 liquid cooling system, 16gb PC2-5300 ecc ram, 4x 160gb 15k ultra 320 scsi on pci-x HP Smart Array 6400. I've two GTX 560ti 2gb and one Quadro fx 3800 in it. The power supply that comes standard with this workstation is a 1050w psu, but it only has two 6pins. The Thermaltake powerexpress is a dedicated graphics power supply that fits into 2 of the 5.25" slots. I know this system is a bit antiquated, but we just put this together for $440 off of ebay(- the 2GTXs, we had those already) and that's not a bad deal at all. Only problem is that we only have enough 6pin for one gpu. I just didn't want to fry my cards using a foreign power supply.
Thanks for the advice.
November 6, 2012 9:38:09 AM

650W most likely won't be able to handle 2 560 Tis and a FX 3800, not to mention dual processors.
a b ) Power supply
November 6, 2012 11:58:42 AM

GeForce GTX 560 Ti

On your average system the card requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti in 2-way SLI

A second card requires you to add another ~175 Watts. You need a 700+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (800+ to a KiloWatt is recommended if you plan on any overclocking).

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Btw, there has nothing to do if your psu foreign or not..

as you know, Seasonic as a best psu brand, comes from taiwan not america..
so that's means it's a foreign psu, right? :D 

Come on...
November 6, 2012 12:03:38 PM

The thermaltake is just to power the 2 560ti's....... If I understand that right then yes it is plenty and it will work.
November 8, 2012 4:42:27 PM

Correct. The HP xw 9400's 1050w psu will power the rest of the system, and the Quadro fx 3800. The 650w Thermaltake is just for the two 560 ti 2gb cards. I'm glad to hear we don't have to worry about damaging our cards with a foreign psu.
Thanks guys.
And of course I understand parts "Made" in other countries... Come on indeed.
What I'm talking about is a PSU designed for European sales, with an adapter for an American outlet. Didn't you get that from the post? Heh, Come on...