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January 4, 2003 11:04:27 PM

I currently run a 160 watt no name supply.
these are my specs:
1.7 ghz p4
256 megs pc133 sdram
1 cd-rw
1 dvd rom
40 gig western digital hdd
pci sound card
geforce 2 mx 400

My system currently runs perfectly on the 160 watt supply. I'm upgrading to a Radeon 9500 pro and am getting a 300 watt antec smartpower. Is the antec enough for my system? thanks for any help.

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January 5, 2003 12:52:21 AM

might be okay, but like I tell everybody here... buy the meanest biggest power supply you can afford so you'll have it easy when you keep upgrading to more power sucking components, also a larger then needed power supply will work less hard and last longer (I hope) than a smaller hard working one.

think ahead and might save a buck or two

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January 5, 2003 2:45:59 AM

DAMN ! How can you be running on 160Watts !? ?! ?! I've got a 350W and my system blacks-out sometimes. An antec 300W is a good start, but your system probably sucks up like 280-300Watts of juice to start with - go with a 350W MINIMUM, if not 400 or 450W so you can sill have juice to upgrade.

Ahhh! It's 2003 and wait, whats this!? My computer didn't blow up! ... Well damn, there goes my new Athlon @ 333FSB and my inssurance claim... heheheh
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January 5, 2003 3:34:47 AM

Thanks for the help. I don't know how it runs on the 160 watts, but it is rocks solid...never blue screens and never shuts off on me. I'm thinking that the Radeon can't possibly suck up 140 more watts..so the 300 would probably be alright. I don't really plan on doing many more upgrades.
January 5, 2003 9:56:01 AM

You're sure that 160W if for all rails and not only for the 3.3V and 5V rails? It seems almost inpossible to me to run that system on a 160W max PSU... your CPU drains about 60W alone.

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January 5, 2003 1:59:43 PM

I don't think that max on all rails line is correct... otherwise it is almost a miracle that your PC runs stable.
I did some calculations and it appears to be a 250W-300W PSU.

My PC eats so much money that I'm in 'desperate' need of it to buy PC3500 RAM, help Svol with his OC project!
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January 6, 2003 1:28:57 AM

svol, i appreciate the help. But if it is a misprint, it's everywhere. it's on the psu label and the gateway website lists it at 160 watts too. i don't know. also, it is a mini atx psu, and i don't think i've ever seen one of those above 250 watts...could be wrong though
January 6, 2003 4:18:39 PM

Well it might not be a misprint... but I don't think it is right for the PSU in practice otherwise your system couldn't run. So technically it is a 160W... but it can supply much more, atleast this is what I think.

My PC eats so much money that I'm in 'desperate' need of it to buy PC3500 RAM, help Svol with his OC project!
--- PM me for information.
January 6, 2003 5:04:01 PM

alright svol. thanks for the help
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