ChrisLudwig

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Do any of you have a formula for calculating how much power a PC needs?

I’m stuck with a proprietary 240W TFX power supply on my HTPC case.
I’ve got an “Everything on-board” Gigabyte motherboard, and Athlon 64 3200+, 512MB RAM, SATA hard drive, two case fans, and DVD-R.

I was looking to add an ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO.
Any opinion as to if this will push me over the limit?
 

Crashman

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I have a 300W TFX power supply here...

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Since you have to buy a higher wattage PSU, don't go any lower than 400W.

You can buy good 400W PSU's for the same price as a 350W.

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This is the case I'm using:
http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-lc11.htm

I don't think a PS upgrade is possible.

How do I determine now much power I’m drawing?
I’ve always just used huge power supplies, and never worried about his before. This is the first time I’m stuck with a small one, so I guess I’m kinda ignorant to how much power modern devices use.
 

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I got a Micro ATX tower from some company for a review, it had a TFX, rather than SFX power supply. I'm not sure if the extra 60W would do the trick.

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