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silencer.dot

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i was looking through power supplys since my recent one is only 400 watts and its awfuly loud i have to say. if i upgrade my power supply would it be a difference? and how do i know if the mobo can support the amount of watts?

i wonder is there any tutorial of changing pc cases? becuase im a noob and i never changed a pc case in my life (except unscrewing my mobo from my old computer)
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Hi. Here are some links to useful info that may answer your questions:
http://www.mechbgon.com/ there is a first time builders guide here! This should help you with your case questions.
http://www.hardforum...isplay.php?f=93 all kinds of info on power supplies, perhaps the best collection on the net. Read the sticky posts at the top of the forum.

Edited by austin_o, 31 May 2006 - 12:42 PM.

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If youve uinscrewed the mobo and know how to change a drive then your covered for the new case. A new psu wont inprove performance but it might be quieter.
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A 400 watt supply is enough for the majority of systems. If you are thinking of getting another supply then use this power supply calculator. My rule-of-thumb is to have a supply that can deliver about 1.5 times what the calculator says is the wattage used.

If you know how to solder and use a screwdriver you might consider replacing the power supply's fan. But, you need to know what speed the preset fan spins at and find a suitable replacement that spins somewhat slower. Pick a unit that has at least one ball bearing and install it blowing in the same direction as the original.
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If you have a comp from a company like HP that makes their own motherboards you want to make sure they don't have their own custom connectors for the motherboard. I had an old Compaq and when I went to get a new power supply the connector had two more pins than most standard motherboards. Just thought I'd mention it before you go buying something you can't use.
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If youve uinscrewed the mobo and know how to change a drive then your covered for the new case. A new psu wont inprove performance but it might be quieter.


u mean a hard drive right? if i change cases would anything be effected ? like the bios, wires etc?

and i read the faqs that austin posted.. and i kinda dont really get it. but i didnt find anything that supports my questions: how do i know how much watts my mobo needs?
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Use the Calculator, Luke. Don't let the Dark Side draw you in.
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