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I was just wondering how I can check what my computer's power supply is so that when I look for a new graphics card, I will know which ones my computer can handle.

Thanks in advance!
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Most of the newer PS's have the wattage on the labels on the ps. Although you can get by on a 300 watt PS, i prefer using 400 or higher watt PS's. I also prefer name brand PS's. I usually will buy Thermotake PS's since i have never had any problems with them. I get them from newegg.com or tigerdirect.com for around $35-40.

Many new puter have low power PS's. I just replaced a PS in an Emachine because it was a 230 watt and was not good enough when i installed a nvidia 6600 video card and a dvd-rw in the puter.

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Checking the label is the easiest way but you can physically check it with a multimeter if you really want to, you just a length of wire to trick it into thinking it should be on. Although the label is easier.
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The best source of information that I have found is at http://www.hardforum...isplay.php?f=93
Take a look at the sticky posts at the top of the forum. It helped me figure out the one that I had was not adequate for my system, and gave me excellent guidance on picking a quality, reasonably priced power supply.

Edited by austin_o, 14 December 2005 - 07:33 PM.

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