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Old 01-10-2006, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is a 300watt PSU OK?

MB = MSI K8N Neo 2F
CPU= AMD 3500 64bit w/ stock fan
HD= Maxtor 40 GB (2 of these)
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Vid= Cheap agp video card

I have an old atx case that I already have and was wondering if I would need another PSU and case to run this system. What do u guys think. I don't want to spend too much more money. It is for my mom and I think this is all that she needs. Thanks


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Old 01-11-2006, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That seems a little underpowered to me...

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Old 01-11-2006, 12:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wat would u recommend? What would happen if I put it all together? Would it not start or would ther be problems?
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It would start, but would give you fits. Plus, it could fry your components.

There are wattage calculators online, but I don't know their addresses.

Go with a minimum of 450W. Why? Because later onyou'll want to upgrade to a better video card, bigger CPU, whatever.

It's better to have extra power you don't use than to be short on it.

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Old 01-11-2006, 04:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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According to this psu calculator:

You will need around 300w as the bare minimum to power that system. If you choose to run it with a 300w PSU it will strain it which will shorten the life of the PSU and when the PSU dies it may take other components with it. Make sure you get a PSU at least 400w and make sure it isnt generic. Also make sure it uses the ATX 24pin plug for Athlon 64 motherboards.
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Originally posted by waynejkruse10
Also make sure it uses the ATX 24pin plug for Athlon 64 motherboards.
Hate to butt in, but I looked up the PSU I bought and it has a 20 pin connector, yet it's an ATX PSU. Did I do a boo-boo?

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