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Thinkcentre M77 SFF Power Supply upgrade and cpu cooler bracket & fan questions

Q: Thinkcentre M77 SFF Power Supply upgrade and cpu cooler bracket & fan questions

Hello, I have a Thinkcentre M77 SFF that I bought off of newegg a few years back. For fun I want to drop a Phenom II x4 965 125w onto the board, which I have just laying around. I was wondering if a cooling bracket would damage the m77 board when applying force? Since the alternate fan I have for the phenom uses clamps and a cooling mount bracket seems to be required Or would the stock fan and heatsink work for the 965? Also, when it comes to a power supply upgrade are there any more powerful psu out in the markets which would work in the original slim factor case? I can only find 240w replacements online and I am not sure if I will be able to meet the full power requirements when installing the gpu if 240w isn't enough. The upgrade build plan is.Phenom II x4 9652 more 2gb samsung 1333hz sticks (being sent in the mail as I write this)(I haven't decided yet to add) either a geforce 730 or a 1030 lowprofile The bracket I ordered is the "Black Cooler Fan Stand Bracket Base for AMD AM2 Socket PC Computer" on newegg So if anyone can help me to figure all this out I would be grateful. I still plan on putting in the extra ram regardless if I cannot upgrade the cpu. The bracket was fairly cheap and knowing it may not work was in the back of my mind upon purchasing it.

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There have been a few threads about the propreitary 14pin PSU connectors and that there's no aftermarket support for upgrades. But it's been a little while, and Lenovo (around the office, my staff are calling them "Le-No-No" now) hasn't change policy, or offered an upgrade.
We have just received several of these i7 PC's and they all have the useless 280w PSU's. Those are severely limiting in what video cards can be installed, as anything over 55w will knock the PSU over. That means, no decent cards. A Quadro 2000 is, at 51W, about as far as we can go.
My CDW rep has been working to find a solution for us, but without any success. So I'm bringing it to the community before I have to re-evaluate our desktop hardware choice.
Has anybody made either an adapter or a PSU that will work on the Lenovo 14-pin motherboards?
(Oh, and yes, I've read http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/A-M-and-Edge-Series-ThinkCentre/M92P-14pin-power-supply-connector/m-p/84... . No help there. Thought I'd post a clear question here in hopes that someone has started making adapters.)
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A:ThinkCentre M92p Tower & SFF: power supply upgrade options (14-pin, PSU, front fan)

Hello,I have the same problem with this **bleep**ty power management. 280w with no option of an upgrade... What did they think when they built this? however I did some research and found this:http://www.moddiy.com/products/IBM-Lenovo-PSU-Main-Power-24%252dPin-to-14%252dPin-Adapter-Cable-%283... Did anyone try this yet? Can it be used safe on the system? And will it do the work that it should do?

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Lenovo thinkcentre M58 7360 AKU sff - E5200 2.5 ghz windows xp sp3 Hi, I pulled out DVD drive and put in a 1tb wd harddriveInstalled 500 gb wd in place of stock oneWill add 30 watts(my e5200 cpu is 65) by upgrading to q9400 (all quads are 95 and Lenovo says it support all quads up to 6 mb L2 cache)On board video and will have a pci card installed. 3 questions;1) The 280 watt PS should do OK with this right?2) I know on some PCs, when you upgrade from 2 core to 4 they require youy to abandon on baord video and get their video card. Do I need to do this in my case?3)Does Lenovo use different cooling for their quads than I have on my e5200? And if not are there better cpu coolers that fit? Any way to get more cooling in this box?I might be just fine anyhow. the way it is/  My Dell had an underrated PS and it did fine. TIA John

A:M58 Power supply and cpu upgrade questions

Hmmm doesn't the Intel 9650 Core 2 Quad Processor - 3.00 GHz,12MB Cache,1333MHz FSB,Socket LGA775,45 nm, work for the M58? thats 12MB and you say 6MB is the max? **bleep** i'll be dammed if the Q9650 doesnt work lol, i know the Q6600 works for it, (so i'e bene told lol)   

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Hey all,

I want to upgrade my power supply to a 550/600 Watt one, as I want to upgrade to a 640mb nVidia 8800 GTS and I don't think a 450 watt PSU would do it justice with a Core 2 Duo E6600, 2GB Corsair Extreme DDR800 Ram etc, 250gb Sata 2.0 etc..

I was just wondering if there is anything I need to know? If I buy a 550/600 Watt power supply, will I need to buy a new case too? Or will it fit my current case (Currently has a 450 Watt PSU, Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard)

Any help is appreciated,

Thanx all

A:Power Supply and Case Upgrade Questions

Measure the size of your current power supply, and look for which plugs and sockets your motherboard requires.
The better quality new power supplies come with everything you need.
Avoid "cheap" power supplies, but there are hundreds that will work fine... FSP, Antec, Color Master, CoolMax, Thermaltake, Apevia, Sparkle, PC Power and Cooling (the best, in my opinion), Raidmax, XCLIO, and most of the ones sold on the more popular websites are going to do the job. I avoid OCZ, and Corsair, Delta, Powerman.... You will find that most power supplies are made by just a few manufacturers in China and Korea. Save your receipt, as even big name, expensive power supplies can suddenly fail.

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Hi, anyone knows wether a 120 MM CPU Cooler will phyiscally fit in a M92p Tower case? The cooler is 158 mm high in total. I think the Thinkcentre case is 175 MM wide. But You also have to consider that there is a Motherboard and CPU inbetween. WIll that fit or do I have to go for a smaller 92MM Cooler? Anyone tried this before?

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Is it possible to upgrade the power supply on a thinkcentre m82 sff to accomodate more power hungry low profile graphics cards such as the gtx 1050 ti low profile on the PCI express x16 slots? The psref of the m82 states that the PCI express slot can only accomodate a 45w power draw so could I replace the 240w psu in the m82 with a higher wattage psu so I can put a 1050ti low profile in that slot which draws 75w? Would the motherboard have to be replaced? Thanks. On a side note, would it be possible to add a 2tb HDD to a m82 sff which already has a gt 1030 in it? Would that still be in safe power limits? Thanks again.

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Hi,I am planning on upgrading the power supply in my Thinkcentre E31 because I'd like to be able to replace the old Quadro410 graphics adapter with something more recent. I ordered a EVGA-80 PLUS 600W ATX 12V/EPS 12V from here. Does anyone by any chance know what adapter I need to fit this on my Lenovo mainboard? 20pin to 14 pin? Or 24 pin to 14 pin? Is there a specific name for that specific adapter? Thanks,Pete

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On the Lenovo specification sheet for the ThinkCentre M700 SFF, it says that some come with the NVIDIA Quadro K420.  If I wanted to install this card myself (meaning mine didn't come with the card), would I need a power supply upgrade?  The maximum power the card will use is 41W. Given that some m700 SFF come with this card, is a power supply upgrade neccessary?  I believe the PSU is currently 210W at 85%.  I attached the spec. sheet, click on m700 SFF to look at the info.

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I've just received a M710T (product code 10M9000CIX - i7-7700 + m.2 ssd + 8gb ddr4) which comes with a 180W PSU.
I'm from Italy so it was difficult to find the US version with 210W PSU, I see that the US version had it http://psref.lenovo.com/Product/ThinkCentre/ThinkCentre_M710_Tower
I was looking to buy the 210W as an aftermarket part but I cannot find the code / website where I can buy it.
The reason why I need this is because I've just buyed an Nvidia GT 1030 low profile which should consume about 25/30W.
Reading online I think that my PSU should hold up the load but I would like to power up my PSU for the future.
Another thing to consider is that Lenovo ships various M710T with 180W + NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB + 7200rpm HDD.
The power consumption of the GT 730 is similar to the 1030 and my machine have an m.2 ssd that should consume less than the HDD.
So the questions are:
- is there anyone with my machine (180w) who is using a dedicated gpu without a problem?
- how and where I can find the 210W online (shipping to eu/italy)?
Thank you!
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A:ThinkCentre M710t: add GT 1030, is 180w power supply sufficient (or 210W, PSU)

Another thing to consider is that Lenovo ships various M710T with 180W + NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB + 7200rpm HDD.
The power consumption of the GT 730 is similar to the 1030 and my machine have an m2 ssd that should consume less than the HDD.
So the questions are:
- is there anyone with my machine (180w) who is using a dedicated gpu without a problem?
- how and where I can find the 210W online (shipping to eu/italy)?
As you wrote, systems with the 180w supply are available with the GT 730, which is similar in power to the GT 1030, so the 180w will power it no problem.  The reason this is possible, is that current generation processors use much less power than those from a few years ago, ie. 65w vs. 95w.  DDR4 memory reduces power consumption further.
I am confident that there are some models with 210w available in Italy.  You could search the PSREF for system models ending in "IX", same as yours.   I imagine that in a couple of years you'll see good used 210w supplies on Ebay for reasonable prices.  The part number can be found in the parts list in the back of the HMM.  So that when you want to upgrade the GT 1030, you can do so. 

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Dear Sir, I'm interested in buying three PCs of the series Lenovo Thinkcentre Minitower M700 10GR and I have a technical question.The PCs are used in a small business situation with a relatively warm working environment of about 30 degrees, for about 16 hours each day. This means that wear is a problem, and parts will have to be replaced. All parts in the M700 are standard issue interfaces and commonly available in many brands, except the power supply, and in the said circumstances this is rather the most likely to fail. Typically when a component fails, it's no longer available as a genuine Lenovo part in the Lenovo service shop. Theoretically it would then be possible to connect the proprietary Lenovo connectors onto a generic PSU, provided I would have the 10 + 4 + 4 + 4 pin-out and voltages. If this information is in the service manual, how do I order it? And if not, could you please provide me with the information by e-mail. Kind regards, M.Wolter ===== Dear Mr. Wolter,With this question I relay you to the lenovo forum. We only do hardware breakfix on the component level, and what you are asking is not part of the lenovo warranty agreement.Please put your question at:https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/English-Community/ct-p/Community-ENI hope you'll be more succesfull there.Lenovo PC Products Support Front Office AgentIBM Technology Support Services 

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The M700 comes with a 250W PSU.  No other options are offered.
But there is an option to configure the M700 with a GeForce GT720 1GB card.
Nvidia's product site says the GT720 requires a minimum 300W PSU.
Why does Lenovo is configure a machine that doesn't meet the requirements given by the graphics card manufacturer?
But more importantly - if I follow threads correctly, Lenovo PSUs are a bit of their own animal.
Are there PSU part numbers for larger PSUs from other models that could be used to upgrade the 250W supply in the M700?.   (eg. the 650W supply available for the P500/510?)
Tnx for any ideas/thoughts.
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A:ThinkCentre M700 Tower: upgrading graphics and power supply (6th gen Intel, 250w)

This is very helpful.  Thanks.  Its a standard form factor tower box we're looking at, so if I understand correctly any TFX power supply, combined with the ATX to Lenovo adapter (seems to be about $5 at amazon) will fit and do the trick? But the end goal here is to try to up the graphics capabilities of an M700 -- which other than for graphics, can be configured nicely for our needs.  So it looks like it is possible to up the PSU a bit.  Awesome.  I'll search threads for ideas on what people have been able to successfully install in terms of upping the graphics capabilities.  (The M700 seems to be pretty new, so there aren't many threads talking about it.)

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A lil while ago my ever so wonderful power supply went dead, and i was upset. i got my money back and i got a compusa 300watt power supply. i used to have a 350watt until it died my question is how much can this amount of power tackle? lets say i want to get a new amd xp2000+ or add another 512 megs of ram. can the power take this or am i going to have to get a lot more juice?

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if it is amd aproved it should be alright

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Hi guys.

My old 420watt powersupply that came with my case died on me. (Actually it never worked) So I need to buy a new one. I'm on a really tight budget.

I picked out this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817162017

I wondered if it would work good with my setup:

APEVIA X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Intel P4 630 3.0 GHZ
Asus P5B-VM 1394
1x Western Digital 120gb HDD
1x 40 gb HDD
5x Case Fans (3 on motherboard, 2 connected to powersupply)
1x DVD Reader
1x 18x Sata DVD DL Burner
512 mb RAM
on board video. (Temp.)

A:Power Supply Questions

I'd recommend this one.

I'm not sure about Broadway com corp's power supplies; I'm not sure if that's the same company as Broadcom or not, but it doesn't sound like it. I'd stay with a name brand.


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One computer needs a new power supply. It is an old Celeron 466 with 250 watt power supply. I bought a 350 watt power supply but it has the extra 4 pin for the board and of course there is no where to plug it in. Will this be ok to leave it not plugged in or do I need an older power supply for it?

I have a A8V Deluxe with an Athlon 64 3200. My power supply is making noise. MY brother gave me a brand new 450 watt power supply with a simply name of PR
Model number LCK450W

Is this a piece of junk that I should not put in my system?

Thank you very much.

A:Power Supply Questions?

You can just leave that plug free, it's the supply for newer P4 boards to supply the on-board CPU regulator.

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two weeks ago my computer just stopped working so im building a new computer. the power supply that i was using now makes this very quiet high pitched noise when it is on. i dont have any other computers to try it on.i have everything new eccept for the cpu and psu.i am getting my new cpu tomarow though. will it damage my new motherboard or new cpu if i still use it?

also is it possible to make a 20 to 24 pin connector out of the connectors of a power supply i dont use?

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i think my fan is not working correctly on my power supply . it revs like a car engine. i have taken it apart and cleaned it but still essentially doing the same thing. any ideas on what i can do? also a question about fan on my cpu. i have a pentium ii and notice the fan is not moving there as well is this normal, or should it be moving?

A:power supply questions

Sounds like the bearings on the power supply fan are starting to seize. You can either replace the fan or the whole power supply. Lot's of sites sell both.
The cpu fan should be running. You had best replace that as well. Check and make sure it is plugged in and didn't come lose. should be a two wire plug coming from the cpu to the motherboard.

[This message has been edited by brianF (edited 02-06-2001).]

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I just rebuilt my pc. I'm running a GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz. Two XFX PVT84JYDF3 GeForce 8600GT 512MB in SLI and CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2. I also have two HDD's, one a Samsung SATA drive and the other a WD IDE drive and one DVD RW-DL drive. I had a 400 watt power supply in there which seemed ample... apparently not. I was playing Crysis at near max resolution, everything on high, not VH when I started to smell something like melting rubber. Before I could kill the power there was a load pop and a blue flash then nothing. I don't think anything else went out with it. I plugged in an old ATX supply that was good for 300 watts, and I could get the mobo to start up. I didn't want to go any further since it just blew a 400 watt source. Anyways, my question is what wattage and brand should I go with? I know the one that popped was a cheapo, it came with the case when I bought it three years ago. Also how many 12v rails would you all recommend? and is there any real difference between the 24 pin and the 28 pin ATX sources? I know my mobo takes either, but is it better to use one rather than the other? Thanks in advance for the help.


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I have a HP Elite 8200 with a core i7, 8gbs ram, and 1tb storage. I was wondering what the HP Elite 8200's power supply was, and if it could support a GTX 750 ti graphics card. Thanks.

A:Power Supply questions

Hi: The SFF has a 240W power supply, and the CMT has a 320W power supply.

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Hello All.
I have a few questions for you about power supplies. I am considering upgrading my InWin Q500s 235 watt supply and am in the imformation aquisition stage. I will be looking for an ATX, Duron/Athlon compliant supply, rated at 300 watts, and I would like to avoid "really trashing" the piggy bank.I would be interested in hearing of your experiences with various brands, their quality, and where they are made. (plus brands to REALLY stay away from). Your help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Power Supply Questions

Hi Zhaarnak
Athlon/Duron chips tend to be fussy about the type of power supply they use. Here is a link posted earlier by Bryan giving the recomended supplies.


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I just got this PC and I need to install a Seagate Barracuda hard drive as the secondary hard drive to tha optical drive already installed. Can someone tell me what mounting bracket kit I need to get? Thanks in advance.

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Hello, does anyone know if the ThinkCentre M720q Tiny are always equipped with the plastic bracket and cables for a 2.5 inch drive, or is this only the case if the device is equipped with a hard disk in the first place?Do I have to buy those (01MN886 and 00XL211?) additionally if it is a "SSD only" M720q? Thank you,greetingsMartin

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Ok, I ordered a 9800 GT the other day and i came to realize my power supply is only 420W and wont cut it. So heres my problem, Ive got this Case and the power supply that came with it, but only smaller sized powersupplys can fit in this case so i was wondering if it would be possible to get a more powerful PSU without having to get a new case. So basically im looking for some suggestions on smaller width power supply's that can run my new card.

Thank you -kyle

A:Solved: Power supply questions -need help please

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6 1/2 year old Dell Inspiron 546 Minitower running Windows 7 Pro.

The power supply died and I want to swap the dead power supply with one of the many old power supplies I have laying around. I realize a big part of installing a new power supply is that it will fit in the case. This really isn't important to me, even if it just hangs there by the cables, because all I want to do is boot it up long enough to do a back up of a few files to its DVD burner. I have already purchased a new computer but would like to get a few files off the old one. If it doesn't work that's fine but would like to give it a try.

Any electrical shock issues I can avoid? Maybe no grounding strap when I do this? Also, if the replacement power supply isn't the exact Watts or Volts will it probably still work. Like I say, performance here isn't important, just want it to boot, get a few files burned to a DVD and then it goes in the garbage.

I have all the stats on this computer and can also get the model and serial number off the old power supply if needed and was wondering what a new (cheapest) power supply would cost me?


A:Power supply change out questions?

Rather than spend money, why not just pull the drive out of the old system and connect it to the new system? Windows will see the drive and assign the next available drive letter to the drive. Copy whatever you want.

Note if this is an ide type drive, then you are going to need an adapter, docking station, etc. If it is a sata type drive, then you do not need anything; simply connect it to the new system.

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the ASUS A7n8x-x motherboard , I was told was compatible for my system. My question is , when I looked it up on newegg.com, there were two....there is a ASUS A7n8x-x going for @ 74.99 and also a ASUS deluxe for about 118.99 , they both have nvidia nforce2 utra 400 + Mcp, is there a big difference between the two as far as perfomance? I also saw a ASUS A7v8x-x with a VIA chipset ( my comp ran a VIA before) and I just wanted to make sure that I can run a nvidia chipset.
Also.... I looked into my power supply and it's a 250 W max. I am not sure what wattage max I can ,or should go to . Any help would be great. thanx

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My power supply on my CPU recently kicked the bucket and i have a few questions about it. I built my own PC but i got a case with a built in power supply and i was recently told that wasn't the brightest of ideas but that's besides the point. The current one i have is 500w and i guess basically here is what i wanna know.

A) Are all power supplies the same as far as size/compatibility with cases and such?


B) Other than wattage, what else should i look for?


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I am building a computer with a Q6600 which will be overclocked. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (unless I have been out of the loop too long and there is a new inexpensive board that is widely recommended, please let me know). My options for memory are DDR2 800 CAS 5, DDR2 800 CAS 4, and DDR2 1000 CAS 5. How much performance gain would I see with CAS 4 over CAS 5, and how much would I see with 1000MHz over 800MHz? What effect does being able to run memory 1:1 with FSB? (The 1000MHz will probably run at 1066MHz.) Should I try to set the FSB as high as possible or is it just as well to run 800 x 4. I have read random posts and articles on this stuff in the past, but never really could grasp the concept. Could someone could clear things up in this area for me? Thanks.

Power Supply
The system will include the Q6600 and also an 8800GT. Everything else is basically standard, a hard drive, a dvd drive, a flash card reader... oh, and 4GB ram. I am going with a RAIDMAX SMILODON case that includes a 500W psu because it is a nice looking case, build quality seems decent, has good features, and includes plenty of fans. The rebate helps too. If I remember right, Newegg's pictures show 22A on the 12V+ line, (newegg's site has not been working right all day... is it just me?). Anyway, if I could get multiple opinions on whether this is enough PSU for the system... I know some people are all about expensive PSU's, and I have had one system with a core 2 duo ... Read more

A:2 Questions: Memory and Power Supply (purchasing new)

No real performance difference with CAS latencies at all and DDR2-1000 will give you a whopping 1% performance boost.

The only thing that DDR2-1000 is good for is overclocking your FSB.

This will give you a good idea of power consumption: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3153&p=10

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In looking at a new desktop either HP or Dell, I note that the power supplies that come with them are borderline adequate. I used to have lots of problems upgrading Dell power supplies. Physically, will these two manufacturers accomodate secong market power supplies (both physically and hookup wise)? I am not a heavy gamer but feel power supplies should be 350 to 450 watts to stay current on newer assessories. Any one done these upgrades lately?

A:Solved: Replacing power supply questions

As far a sI aware, and from seeing newer machines, the big names have gone over to generic PSUs. The last 3 I had to look at would all take a "normal" PSU, so I would say, based on that, that its a yes.

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Hello TSG,
I recently bought a GeForce 9800GTX+ Graphics Card

I have a regular HP Pavillion Desktop Computer...

is this power supply going to work for me?


Im pretty sure it will, is this a good price? Should I look elsewhere first?
Will it fit lol?

lemme kno

A:Power Supply/Graphic Card Questions

Don't get a modular PSU if you're not really, really, really persistent about having one or two cables less inside the case. It's just not worht the extra price, and the loss of power the cables cause, and the multi-rail design instead of the rock-solid single rail desing. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005 even cheaper and well enough.
You'll need to post the model number of the HP, but I would say it fits. Also... I would still recommend a new case. HP cases do not have enough airflow for high-end components like (well, mid-high) 9800 GTX+.

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Had to up upgrade my power supply on my hp envy 750-116. The new power supply(500b evga) does not have a power cord for the slim laptop like drive. looking for possible fix for the problem

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Hi 1) The T480S is only available in UK with 1920x1440 resolution.  I'm sure it used to be available with 2560x1440, and it certainly is on the German website.  Any ideas what's behind this? 2) What is the purpose of the 65W power adaptor option over the 45W?  Does the 65 watt charge faster?  If so, is it the recommended option or are there any disadvantages e.g. effect on battery longevity. Many thanks in advance  G.

A:2 questions on T480S : 2560x1440 resolution + 45 vs 65 watt power supply

...sorry, I meant 1920x1080.

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i've been playing world of warcraft for about a month now and i have it on the lowest possible settings and at800x600 resolution and i'm still getting like 20 fps i want to up the settings on the game to good instead of low and have about atleast 30 fps in raids with 25 other players and when i'm alone questing have like 50 to 60
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model p6754y
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 Processor, 3000 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 6.04, 9/7/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.75 GB
Available Physical Memory 893 MB
Total Virtual Memory 7.50 GB
Available Virtual Memory 3.95 GB
I have a radeon hd 4200
so i want to upgrade it to be able to play with atleast 30 fps but i want to spend as little as i can 170 max for both and the less i spend the better if anyone can help would be great

A:Graphics card upgrade and power supply upgrade

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I upgraded my GPU recently and noticed that my CPU fan was making more noise than I remembered - sort of a droning noise.  I checked my CPU temps and discovered that, at idle, the CPU was hitting 38-42C.
I decided to upgrade my cooling.  The main limitation (besides the fact that Dell has a non-standard CPU backplate setup) is the somewhat narrow case on the XPS 8900 doesn't allow installation of most of the inexpensive high-performance coolers because they are too tall by 1/2" - 3/4".  Then I found the Cyrorig H7, which has three heat pipes, a huge heatsink, and 120mm fan all in a package that is "only" 145mm high - just short enough to fit in the case.  I installed it yesterday and it works GREAT.  Very happy with it, initially at least.
I also swapped out the stock Sunon case fan for a Cooler Master Blade Master 92mm fan, which is quieter but similar CFM specs.
Overall the computer is now quieter at 100% load than it was at idle before.  And my CPU temps have dropped by 15 degrees C.  Great upgrade.  I made a video on how I did it here:
...and here are a couple of pics:

A:XPS 8900 CPU cooler upgrade - much quieter and cooler operation

Nice !

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i purchased a
HIS Hightech H130HMF128E1N Radeon X1300 512MB HyperMemory with 128MB Onboard 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x1 for my dell e310 i was wondering if i sould upgrade the power supply to support this card i currently have 230 watts

A:should i upgrade the power supply

Yes, but you will have to get the better supply from Dell... The prower supply may be proprietary

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I have a Dell 5150 (purchased in 2005, so four years old) and the fan of my power supply is dead. My computer is running fine but obviously it is not safe to keep going without a fan. It came with a 305W power supply, very low-end as expected. I am therefore in the market for a new power supply but have heard some conflicting advice.

I did some research online and read from one source that it is perfectly safe to add, say, a 550W power supply even if you only started with 305W. The source stated that a power supply only uses what it needs to use, so putting in a higher wattage will not harm your computer, fry your motherboard, or overwork any devices. When I called Dell, who is not well-known for perfectly sound tech advice, I realize... they told me to order the exact same power supply the computer came with because that is what the computer was created to run with and that it would "fry my motherboard" if I tried to put a higher wattage power supply in there.

I also have a new video card, a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT. It requires a minimum 350W power supply, which Dell now says I will not have because it's 'dangerous.'

Who is correct? Is it safe to upgrade your power supply in an older computer? Why or why not? I'd like a yes or no but also a bit of an explanation if anyone is willing.

Hopefully someone here can help clear things up for me. Thanks in advance.

A:Can I upgrade my power supply?

What Dell told you is not correct. You can use a higher wattage power supply, and it will only use the power that it needs. A replacement power supply needs to be of good quality, needs to physically fit into the Dell case, and the power pinout for the 24 pin connector needs to match the motherboard (Dell used to use a non-standard pinout but stopped the practice a few years ago).

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I just bought a new video card, geForce 8600gt dx10 card.. when i got home.. i realized i only have a 250w psu on my acer t180 (ast180-ud360a / amd athlon 3600 2x 64). the card requirements are at least a 350w psu, also says... 22amps on the 12volt rail requred.

Am i going to run into any problems by just heading out to the nearest electronics store and buying any ol' 400 to 500 watt psu?

Still wondering if i can run the card or not...as is.. or what would happen if i tried it.

A:Is it always ok to upgrade your power supply?

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Hey my name is jim, I recently purchased a video card and I need to upgrade my PSU. I am looking to get a 600-700W supply. I need to know what my pc can accept. here are my specs.

Operating System System Model
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 6001)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Gateway W3653a C00
System Serial Number: GCJ87C0004423
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.60 gigahertz Intel Celeron
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: ELITEGROUP 945GCT-M3 3.1
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: 945GCT-M3 V1.12E 05/09/2008
Drives Memory Modules c,d
320.07 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
65.16 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653B ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
Generic USB SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
WDC WD3200AAJS-22B4A0 [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAT13661549, rev 01.03A01, SMART Status: Healthy 1016 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Slot 'A2' has 512 MB
Slot 'A3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 308.47 GB 59.59 GB free
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A:Power supply upgrade

What new video card did you get? Considering the rest of your system specs, my guess is that you do not actually need a 600-700 watt PSU.

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I have an IBM Aptiva 2163-570, PII, 400MHz, 12GB, 256MB ram, ATX.

I want to add another 30GB HD (Maxtor on sale at Office Depot) but just noticed my power supply is only 95 watts. Other than the HD,the CDR and printer, I do not run anything else on this PC.

What do you think? Will 95 watts handle 2 HDs? If not, what should I buy?

A:Do I need to upgrade power supply?

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I installed a graphics card and had to upgrade my power supply. Unfortunately the power supply did not come with a power connector for the CD drive. Apparently the CD drive is a laptop drive. Anyone know where to get an adapter?

A:Upgrade Power Supply

Darymini, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.

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My current power supply is 180W and i want to buy a new one with 500W+. Which one could i choose?

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I have a Dell and there was a 250 W power supply. I bought a 350 W not a DEll It works fine as long as I don't screw it into place. Once I screw it into plade it seems like it shortens out. I took it back and got another one same thing happens. What Dell just takes Dell Power supply's. Dells didn't have a off and on switch on the power supply This one does. Would that make a difference? The switch isn't in the open it behind the sheet metel. there no opening for the switch.


A:upgrade power supply

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I would like to go with a 4 or 6 core cpu. Any idea what power supply will fit my machine?  I only have 240 w power supply...Thanks 

A:Upgrade power supply

@wanaseemike? 3. Power supply, 320W  508153-001 Your manual here. https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=4024563&docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c0... REO 

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I recently bought a HP 7760n, model # RK570AA and I want to upgrade the power supply in the system to atleast a 550w ATX form factor unit with a power connection for PCI express graphics. I have seached the net and can't seem to find anything. I called the manufacturer and of course they will not give me any recomendations except using one of there units which a 450w is the highest they all offer and the price is through the roof as well.
Any suggestions on what would work with my system?

A:Power Supply Upgrade

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I am trying to find a more powerful psu for my HP Pavilion 7955. THe original psu is only 200w and it loads down . I have added a second HDD , a nVidia 256mb video card and a seconf DVD writer/player. It is obvious that the psu is under powered because I can here it labor under laod and the video card response to adjustments is very slow. The psu is a certain physical spec and I am having a hard time finding anything that will fit into the case. Any suggestions?
I was considering running two 200w psu's but would rather have a 350 or 400 w psu instead.

A:Power Supply Upgrade

Can you post a few images of the current PSU and the label on it?

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I have an HP Envy 750-129c and need to upgrade the power supply.  It currently has a 300watt and i need to got o a 600 or so to install a new video card. Current supply: # 759045-001 Is this a standard supply and if so what type of PSU will fit?

A:Power supply upgrade

JMC_1988, welcome to the forum. Yes, the power supply unit (PSU) is a standard ATX.  I like Corsair products.  They make PSU's that will give you clean, stable power for the system.  Modular PSU's are good for mid-size cases.  They allow you to only use the cables that are necessary to run the computer. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hi, i bought a new graphics card Gainward gt730 and it needs 300W and 20A on +12V line. My power supply is 365W but have 17A on +12V line. Can i upgrade power supply to this one Antec VP 500 500W? This power supply have 24A on +12V line. Sorry for my bad english but i am from Poland. Greetings

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