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Old 09-06-2005, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is my 250W PSU enough?

Right now I have a Emachines T2484 that I want to upgrade.

I need a motherboard with an AGP slot so im going to replace the whole motherboard with this one:
MSI 865GM2-LS Socket 478 Intel 865G Micro ATX Intel

The video card Im aiming to buy is this one:
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600XT 128M Radeon 9600XT 128MB

Here are the rest of my components:(sorry if I missed anything)
CPU: Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz
PCI Cards: None ( I plan to use the onboard Audio and LAN)
Hard Drives: 1 Ultra ATA 100 (80 GB)
Optical Drives: 1 CD-RW 40x Max
RAM: 2 sticks (a 512MB PC2700 stick and a 256MB stick that came with the T2484)

*My main question is will my current 250W PSU be enough? Or would it be better to just hold off until I can get another PSU? Im on a tight budget.

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Old 09-06-2005, 09:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Considering eMachines packages cheap, low quality PSUs that like to go boom in the night in their computers, I'd personally wait and get a good quality, more powerful PSU.


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Old 09-07-2005, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your PSU might be able to handle the load, but a new one would be a good idea (I am using an eMachine with its wimpy PSU and graphics card with no problems, however).

If you do, go with a decent one. Here's a link to the COOLMAX CM-300 MicroATX 300W Power Supply, $40.99 + $6.99 FedEx Saver Shipping:

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Hey that MX4000 can still whoop some butt in newer games TYVM.

And I would go with what Trotter suggested.
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Old 09-07-2005, 08:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Since its cheap, it might not have enouph ampage.
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IF you are planning on upgrading the MOBO with a 478 socket, consider looking at the ASUS P4P800E-DELUXE. It's about $113.00
but, hands down the best Intel P4 socket 478 mobo available. Tons of features, Solid BIOS, Great OCin' Utilities, 2 SATA & 2 RAID controllers, extremely easy to install, excellent user manual... It's a winner...

As for the PSU i would consider upgrading that also.
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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at least get a 400w psu. It will help lots.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for your replys!

I was aiming to buy that exact PSU, however it would put me over my budget. I will buy it as soon as I can.
Trying to find a MicroATX PSU with good wattage has been a little hard.
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i am running 350W Fortan Source. quiet and stable under loads as well (only thing is fan starts spinning fast on heavy loads), rest never dissapointed. their PSU's are cheap and stable.

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