How many WATTS for a PS

lemmiwinks

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I'm in the process of buying a new case and the one I was looking at comes with a 350W PS. My setup is as follows:

-Intel P4 2.8C
-Abit iS7
-Corsair XMS PC3200 256MB x2
-ATI Radeon 9600Pro
-CD-ROM
-CDRW
-Western Digital 75GB
-cathode + a few fans

What I want to know is if this setup would work with the 350W PS or if I need to upgrade to a 400W? Is there some rule of thumb that says how many watts per device, fan, etc.

thanx
 

Boonesmi

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the watts really doesnt mean that much
a high quality 250w will work better then a generic/crappy 500w

but yeah a 350w should work fine for your system
 

lemmiwinks

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The PS that comes with the case is made by POWERUP. I'm sure its not that great but I'd really like to save some extra money, thats why I asked.
 

AgaBoogaBoo

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Thats not a brand I've heard of and while you may be fine, personally, I would p ut in the extra $50 or $60 so you can have the piece of mind that the system won't have problems due to the PSU. Thats like running a Ferrari on some cheap tires from a junkyard. Sure, they'll work, but for how long? and how well?

That may not be the best analogy but when you're spending good money on a computer, you might as well spend a little more to get a quality PSU. I'd go with an Antec, any from the True Power line should be fine for you though. (As long as it is 300W or higher from Antec, you'll be fine)
 

pelikan

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If when you have it all set up there is instability and the rails are bad, then maybe consider a Fortron 350W. They go for $30 - $40. and are top quality.
 

BaboonGuy

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get a sonata!

badass case with 380W TruePower PSU that's worth almost the value of the case AND PSU
 

mechBgon

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Originally posted by: lemmiwinks
How will I know if I overload my PS. Will there be any damage to the components?
Instability, smoke, fire or emissions of molten metal are all possible symptoms of an overloaded PSU :) Look at the prices you paid for the rest of your loot, and use your common sense... don't build it all on a questionable foundation. Another $50-60 for a known high-quality PSU won't kill you. :D