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Power supply

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:29 pm

Power supply

As explained in my previous thread, I'm building an old computer. I just bought a 400W PSU from Maplin but I want to know what is the best way to calculate just how much wattage a system will require from its components. It would help for future reference.

Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:40 am

A 400 watt PSU would be the minium for todays PC's as the old 250-350 watt PSU's are underpowered for modern equipment. So 400 watt would be the smallest PSU you should start with. Does your PSU have 2 fans or one fan? If only one I would take/send it back and get one with two fans.

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Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:42 am

Well, I can promise that it is not a today's computer.

But on to my real question, where can I find out the power consumption for individual components? Or do I just have to make an educated guess and add 200W for each "generation" of components?

Post Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:57 am

It should be on the package or on the hardware it self. Now I think there is a way to check it on your PC but I'm not sure how that is done.

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