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Grindy

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I'm thinking about purchasing a new system, but wonder if the power supply that it comes with is adequate.
The configuration:

Intel P4 2.8 gigs
1 gig DDR2 400 mhz memory
160 gig hard drive
DVD-RW drive
Radeon X300 128 meg video card
Audigy2 sound card

Power supply is 305 watts. Is this adequate for all that?
Also, the system will hold a max of 4 gigs of RAM. If I maxed it out at 4 gigs, will that overtax the supply ?
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Hi,

Seems low to me, were are you purchasing the computer from and does it have a warrenty?

Is it a name brand computer, some of these do have small psu's in them that work fine as long as you don't add anything.

Personally I would not use a psu under 400w name brand on any of todays newer systems. I do take some heat for stating this sometimes so don't be supprised if others disagree

Rick
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Hi,

Seems low to me, were are you purchasing the computer from and does it have a warrenty?

Is it a name brand computer, some of these do have small psu's in them that work fine as long as you don't add anything.

Personally I would not use a psu under 400w name brand on any of todays newer systems. I do take some heat for stating this sometimes so don't be supprised if others disagree

Rick

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I agree with you 100 %. 300 watts on this system means that I'll be pushing that supply near it's limits all the time, and anyone that thinks ANY device - be it a power supply or an automobile engine - is ok to push at max, is an idiot in my book... thx for the response.
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I see alot of P4 systems come with 400-550watt PSU's.

Your best bet is to get a PSU that is certified to use with a P4 CPU. I like to get PSU's that are well capable of delivering power, so on my P4 system I bought a 500 watt PSU. The more additional and add-on components you add to your PC, the more power you need, so I like to be in the plus, as upgrades are add-ons are pretty much guaranteed for the computer wise.
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I see alot of P4 systems come with 400-550watt PSU's.

Your best bet is to get a PSU that is certified to use with a P4 CPU. I like to get PSU's that are well capable of delivering power, so on my P4 system I bought a 500 watt PSU. The more additional and add-on components you add to your PC, the more power you need, so I like to be in the plus, as upgrades are add-ons are pretty much guaranteed for the computer wise.

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Yep... I'll probably opt for a 450watt GOOD brand, quiet one...
Thx for the input...
Bob
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