250W power supply question

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by battle_hamster, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. battle_hamster

    battle_hamster New Member

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    I apologize in advance for my ignorance, but is a 250W power supply sufficient for a XP 3000 processor, Asus A7V333-x mobo, Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB, a gig of PC2700 RAM, a 7200 RPM hd, Creative soundcard, ethernet card, and FireWire card? Thanks.
     
  2. Aleksey

    Aleksey New Member

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    I'd think yes. I hae an AMD thunderbird, and it consumes about 220W
     
  3. Rick G

    Rick G New Member

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    In my opinion any new computer should be built with a minimum of 350 watt psu. Many of the generic and unknown brands quote a peak watts and not a continous power rating. The newer compunents are a bit power hungary and its best to err on the side of overkill. Many reviews have been done on psu's and the majority recommend Antac, Enermax, Thermaltake, and a variety of others. Get a good brand name and always get more power than you think you need especially if overclocking is in your future.
     
  4. Sophocles

    Sophocles VIP Member

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    A 250 watt power supply might work but its more likely to cause problems especially if you upgrade hardware. I wouldn't consider a power supply that's under 400 watts because the difference in price isn't that much and iy just isn't worth the misery a bad or under supplied power supply can cause.
     
  5. DeerParkWater

    DeerParkWater New Member

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    It will just blow up. I had a system I just made that wasn't as good as yours that had a 300w. It exploded and fried the mobo. I had a warranty on it so it was all good. But had to buy a new psu.
     
  6. 4W4K3

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    330watts is minimum in my opinion. anything less shouldnt really be used on a high end machine..and your looks pretty nice. id got for at least a 330wt. i doubt it will BLOW UP...that just sounds like a faulty PSU...but it could give you instability problems if you have alof of fans and hd's running as well. enermax is a great brand and pretty cheap too...look at www.newegg.com for PSU if you want a better one. they have great prices and FAST delievry.
     
  7. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    Yeah and considering the prices, you should easily be able to jump to something in the ballpark of 400W and not have to worry. :)
     

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