antohnee

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i recently bought a geforce 6100m-m motherboard which states that it requires 300 watts to function fully. my power supply is 20-pin with 250 watts. i was wondering if this is okay for now since i will only be using 2 dvd drives and maybe a video card.
 

antohnee

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so is a 300 watt good enough for now?
its the minimum requirement of the mother board but i dont know if it will run the rest of the components
 

martyjs

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You should be able to get a cheap 400w PSU. Even in Australia the 400w have replaced the 300w one's and are the same price as the old one's used to be. :)
 

Mondoman

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For modern MBs/CPUs/graphics cards, watts don't really matter anymore. The reason is that total watts include +3.3V, +5V, +12V and other rails, while modern computers chiefly use +12V. Thus, you need to find out how many amps are available for the +12V part of the supply, and make sure that's enough for your system. Since your PS is a 20-pin, it's an older design and thus very unlikely to supply enough +12V power.
 

roadrunner197069

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Dont ever get a cheap junk PSU. If you do you will regret it. Grab a 500 watt with 70 or more amps. This will allow some upgrades down the road and will give you good clean power. Also make sure that it has some overload protection features as well. When a cheap PSU goes out it will fry everything in your case. The one you have will definately ruin your system if given enouh time. Might run a year might run 10 mins. Definately buy a new one. IF you do add a video card you probably couldnt even boot with the one you have.