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300Ws enough for my PC?

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December 24, 2002 9:27:07 PM

I currently have the following runing on a 300W power supply:

Asus A7M266
Athlon 1.4ghz (266)
512 DDR RAM (2x256)
80GB HD (7200rpm)
40GB HD (7200rpm)
ATI Radeon 64DDR ViVo
DVD-Rom Drive
CD-RW Drive
Floppy
Game Theater XP Sound Card w/ 4 port USB HUB
Wireless USB Mouse
Logitech USB Webcam
Thrustmaster USB Controller
56K Modem
Intel NIC

I have already ordered an Asus Deluxe nForce2 mobo. Should I order a 400W power supply also?


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by dpaige on 12/24/02 06:28 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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December 25, 2002 3:12:47 AM

If it is running fine now then there is no need at all to replace the PSU. There should not be any difference in power consumption between the NForce 2 mobo and the current one.
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December 25, 2002 7:58:22 AM

Nope, 300W should do fine with that rig.

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December 25, 2002 6:15:06 PM

If I plan on adding a RADEON 9700 would I need to go for 400W?
December 25, 2002 10:27:57 PM

I think the rating of PSU (in term of watts) might not be a good way to determine if you system can handle some components upgrade. In the case of changing MB, it is ok to use your current 300W PSU since it is working fine with your current MB. However, the R9700Pro may load your PSU a bit more than the original Radeon. If your PSU is a good PSU, then it should be fine. Check to see first if your psu is a good one. If it is, say, Antec, Enermax, or Vantec, then you should be fine. If you can spend some money on a new good and quiet PSU, then go for it. The Antec True430 is nice and quiet and cost around $85 shiped (True380 cost a bit less and you might get it for $80 shiped).

Mocca

Nvidia or ATI, it's all depend on what you like and system optimization :lol: 
December 26, 2002 12:30:55 PM

Can you tell us what the maximum amperage is for the 12V and 5V lines?

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