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M91p SFF external power supply upgrade

Q: M91p SFF external power supply upgrade

Hi. I just purchased a Lenovo Thinkcentre M91p (machine type 0266) which has an external 150w power supply. I purchased it to be used as a HTPC and i want to put a gpu and more ram in it. The problem is the power supply, all the ones i see people talk about have an internal 240w power supply. On the back of the pc is a DC in jack thats directly into the motherboard itself. I ran some calculations on power usage and the site i used said the recommended power supply size for the standard unit is 150w with a peak load of 123w. Adding the gpu alone pushes the peak load to 140w (nvidia gt730) with a recommended supply of 180w. My question basically is how can i upgrade an external power supply when all i can find is standard 150w external replacements or internal ones that wont be of any use

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Hi. I just purchased a Lenovo Thinkcentre M91p (machine type 0266) which has an external 150w power supply. I purchased it to be used as a HTPC and i want to put a gpu and more ram in it. The problem is the power supply, all the ones i see people talk about have an internal 240w power supply. On the back of the pc is a DC in jack thats directly into the motherboard itself.
I ran some calculations on power usage and the site i used said the recommended power supply size for the standard unit is 150w with a peak load of 123w. Adding the gpu alone pushes the peak load to 140w (nvidia gt730) with a recommended supply of 180w.
My question basically is how can i upgrade an external power supply when all i can find is standard 150w external replacements or internal ones that wont be of any use
Mod:  edited Subject to correct form factor


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A:M91p USFF: uprate external power supply for graphics upgrade (GPU)

Update: im guessing i could just use any power adapter for other pc's or laptops with 180w or more, it just needs to have the correct ending which is a 6.0x3.0mm connector. I could even possibly use an adapter to make the correct ending. i dont see why this wouldnt work as the power supply is all external

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Hi,I recently got my hands on a M91p SFF with:i5-2400 CPU8gb Ram250gb hdd @7200rpm2 tb hdd @5400rpmand 240w PSU What I want to do is to convert this machine into a [email protected] / 1080p gaming machine. My plan is to buy the MSI 1050ti lp and even though it seems to run on the 240w PSU I feel that I want to upgrade it to at least 300w to be safe and so that I can upgrade the ram to 16gb and maybe add an extra fan and a usb hub in the front, where the optical drive used to be, so that I can connect more than just two USB gamepads in the front.After some goggling I found this power supply: http://www.bequiet.com/en/powersupply/496 According to my measurements, is should fit. But I want to be sure, will this work in the case?Also, I think I read somewhere that Lenovo does not a use standard ATX connection, but from what I can see, this system uses a standard 24 pin ATX connection to the motherboard. I might be wrong though. I am no expert on computers and I have never upgraded or built a system before so I ask here to be 100% before I buy anything.  I hope someone where can shed some light on my situation. Thanks  

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Greetings all. I scoured the forums for an answer, but couldn't quite find what I was looking for. To be brief, I own an M91p SFF (Model 3227). I've already maxed out the RAM. I need to upgrade the PSU as much as possible because I'll be running Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (no need for or interest in), and want to install the GT 1030 card. I can't seem to find any definitive PSU information about this machine. So, I'm asking - what is the MAXIMUM watt make and model you've found to use? I've seen posts give some vague information, but not enough so that I can actually order one. Thanks in advance for the help!

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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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Ok, I just bought this power supply. It doesn't fit into my case. So here's what I'm thinking: I put it in a place where it wouldn't be bothered, touched, anything like that, and just set it outside of the case on a platform. It's an Antec SmartPower 430W. What do you guys think?

A:External power supply

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Ok, I just bought this power supply. It doesn't fit into my case. So here's what I'm thinking: I put it in a place where it wouldn't be bothered, touched, anything like that, and just set it outside of the case on a platform. It's an Antec SmartPower 430W. What do you guys think?

A:External power supply

it can work, but i wouldnt recommend it.

i saw someone using a computer that had the power supply taped to the top of it once...

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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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First of all thank you for viewing this topic as the data on this hard drive is extremely sentimental.

Some of my greatest memories (such as my wedding), are on this hard drive, so I appreciate ANY help you can give me.

I have a 1.5 TB Seagate Expansion External Drive ST315005EXA101-RK, yesterday my foot decided to accidentally kick the power supply and a noticed a few minutes later windows was giving me the following error message:

"Windows was unable to save all the data for the file F:\$MFT. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection."

At first I didn't think much of it. I viewed the drive and all the contents were shown but no videos were playing. I thought it was a codec issue at first because I just recently nuked my computer. Most files don't open on the drive. The thumbnails for the pictures were still showing, some pictures I could still open, some text files were intact. Later on I made a small text file, wrote something in it, and saved it to the drive to see if I could still write, and it saved properly. I have never restarted my computer as I've read it may not allow me to see the drive anymore. I tried copying the files but windows gives me the "Cannot read from source file or disk." error. After a little while I opened up some pictures (possibly not the same ones) and only 20% of the picture I opened would be showing, the rest greyed out. After I we... Read more

A:External HD Power Supply was kicked

jra64 said:

The hard drive has begun to click a little bit sometimesClick to expand...

Can you elaborate "clicking"

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Hi, I am new to these forums. Was hoping to get some advice on using another power supply for a new vid card that i got. The vid card recommends that I have a 350 watt power supply, but mine is only 200. I do have another power supply from an older computer just laying around, but that is also only 200. Is there a way to use that also? Even if it does sit on the outside of my cpu it doesnt matter. I dont have a really fast comp, old P3 400, so my budget is very tight. (thus reusing existing parts) Any help is appreciated. THX

A:external power supply for v-card

What Video Card are you talking about? It may be a bit much for that system, you might want to get something a little more matched to the system.

There is a way to do this but it is a little different than you are talking about. The best way would be to use the other PSU to power things like Drives and fans. Those devices can use the connectors already on the PSU. This may work if you can divert enough power to the second PSU so there is enough power left for the other devices and the Video card.

This could be very easy to do, or it could be very difficult. According to your level of electronics experience as well as the particular PSUs you have. Some PSUs will only power on if the mobo connector is attached(which can be circumvented)

You'll also need a way to turn both PSUs on at the same time which is not too difficult either.

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So I recently bought an Nvidia 9800 Gx2, and it turns out I need a 6-pin AND an 8-pin power connector thing for it. I don't have an 8-pin.

So I'm going to buy an external power supply. Any recommendations on which one I should get? It needs to have a 6-pin and an 8-pin connector.

A:Solved: What External Power Supply to get?

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Can anybody Help Me !!

I have set up a Server type machine on a HP Touchsmart running Vista

I have purchased a Seagate 2TB Expansion Drive with its own power source

I desperately want to know how this external drive can be seen by other devices on the network

I have other external drives with their own power supply and non of them can be accessed by other computers on the network....Is there a trick to these devices!!!

I have external hard drives with NO power supply just USB connection and I can access them from any computer on the network and any media device on the network

I'm not very technical and would like to know if its just the type of device and I should be buying usb connected hard drives for music and movies

A:External Expansion Drive with own power supply

You need a router that has a USB connection. Then you can connect the external storage to the network. That is only for a USB drive though. Do you have one of those passport drives with a battery?

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My Sister inherited a used Panasonic Toughbook with an external CD Drive. However the donor did not include the power supply adapter for the drive. She wishes to replace it and need my advice on the volatage that it uses. The kicker here is that there is no brand name on the drive.

At the bottom of the unit where the warning Notes are, there is a
"Read the User manual notation with an open book logo with an "I" on the right page of the book" I'm right in assuming it be an Iomega Product.

I need to know what voltage to set any adpter I might use, after all I don't want to fry the thing. Please help !!!!

A:Power Supply Voltage for External CD Drive

12 Volts would be a good guess .. but finding one with the correct connector/polarity might be tricky.

Might be just as cheap to replace the whole ODD external or a new enclosure.

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I have looked around and around. I'm completely stumped.

I have a Lite-On external dvd combo burner. On the rear of the drive is the power connection, usb2.0 and l/r audio rca out jacks (red/white). Above where you connect the power cord is also a toggle on/off switch. During a move, this toggle snapped off. In the off position. I got to the card and the toggle switch is soldered to the card. No way to get in there (easily at least).

I haven't been able to find a replacement card and I'm reluctant to jam a paperclip (or whatever) in there wiggling it around and scratching up the card.

Any suggestions?

A:Power supply to external optical drive

Why not just short the switch with solder and unplug it to turn it off?

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I have a 3.5" external hard drive that requires a (round) 5-pin power supply adapter. I lost the original, and bought a new one from an electronics manufacturer. The plug fits the slot, but I am not getting power to the drive and no signal is reaching the PC.

Without buying another power supply (the one I bought was hard to find - I had to go online and find a parts supplier, and I don't want to return it until I know what the problem is), how do I check to confirm whether the external drive is working, or that the external power supply and the drive are properly connected?

A:checking external hard drive power supply

IMO it would be much easier to just buy another enclosure and pull your drive out of the one you are using now. Install it in the new enclosure; good to go.

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I have a Gateway GT 5082 ( Athlon 64 X2 , 2ghz flavor) I believe I have 2 problems if I want to purchase a decent video card. The stock power supply i believe is only 300W. Probably need around 400W to power a good video Card.

It comes with a PCI Express slot but even if I had the recommended power supply I really dont see an empty slot on the motherboard to put in the power connection from a new video card ( such as the nVidia 7950 GT ).

Do they sell external power supplies that I could run indepently of my computer and just power a video card? It would seem like a pain in the *** to replace the oem power supply so let me know what you think!

Yes I know there is an inherently 3rd problem the fact that I purchased a gateway haha... but just looking for some solutions here.


A:Video Card External Power Supply Question

Welcome to Techspot jnava121 :wave: ! Yes, the do make dedicated psu's, although the only one I know of is made by thermaltake, which I have due to a similar issue. If you live in the U.S., then look Here. Don't be thrown off by the wattage, becuase this thing will power up to a GeForce 8800GTS. Yes, it should also power a 7950GT as well. Good luck!

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I have an Intel D946GZIS mother board ,Core 2 duo-1.86 GHZ processor.,400 W power suply,SATA Seagate-160 GB.

The external HDD is Seagate Barracuda-160 GB IDE.

Off late Ive been getting errors stating that there is a power surge on USB when I connect the external IDE HDD and all the USB slots are dead until the PC is restarted inspite of my HDD having an external power source.Why does this happen?

When I disable 2.0 in BIOS there is no such problem.But the USB connection is very slow.What could be the cause of the problem.What is the solution?

A:External IDE drive with power supply connected via USB 2.0 freezes PC .why?

If the External is faulty you could wind up with probs with the system itself. I would stop trying to force something into a system that may well have a current problem and see if I couldn't test it after I purchased a new usb wire for the thing at the very least.
Your External could very well be bad. Jazz

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I have HP 8200 elite CMT CPU in which 320 watts PSU is installed. I want to use AMD Radeon HD 7770 that requires more power (minimum 400 watts supply) for full performance. But the fact is, the higher watts PSU is not available for my cpu because its cables don't match with that. So I want to ask if I can use external PSU to power my GPU instead of CPU power supply. Will this harm for my PC?Kindly help me out to solve this issue.Thanks

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I have a Toshiba Satellite and when I plug in the external power supply the computer freezes and I have to do a hard shut down. This has also happened when I unplug the power supply, thought not as often.

Curiously if I keep the mouse moving when I unplug it does not freeze. I've tried keeping the mouse moving when I plug in the power supply and sometimes it works but most of the time it does not.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

A:Computer freezes when pluging in external power supply

Hi Bob,
Is this a new problem or has it always been like that with your laptop?
First thing come to my mind was that your charger may be too small for your computer.

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First of all I am sorry of this has been answered somewhere, but I haven't been able to find it and I really need a solution.

My desktop does not detect and external hard drive that do not come with their own power supply. I have many externals that also plug into the wall and they are working fine; but whenever it is an external without a plug, i.e. the portable ones they are never found.

They do not show up in Computer Management, so it is not because I did not assign a letter to the drive.

I have tried various things, but I don't know what I should be testing for or looking for.
These externals all work on other laptops and other desktops perfectly fine so it is not the externals. When they are plugged into my desktop, they light up normally like they should, but the desktop never detects them. I have tried these externals with the different USB cable I have on hand, but nothing seems to work. It doesn't matter which USB port I plug the device in, it still gives me no response.

I am running a i7 860 on a ASUS P7P55D Pro.
If anyone has any information or a ideas please let me know.


A:External Hard Drives without their own Power Supply are not detected.

This is a rather common, but sporadic, problem. The issue, I believe, is that the USB ports on the problem PC are not putting out the specified power to run the drive. This is a problem typically seen in laptops.

IIRC, USB 2.0 specifications require the supply of 2.5 watts of power over a maximum of 5 meters at 5 volts (0.5 Amps). If you are ambitious you could test for the correct specs with a good multimeter.

The other possibility is that the problem external drive is requiring more power than is supplied by the USB specifications. This is not likely in your case because the drive works on other PCs.

One work-around, in either case, would be to used a powered USB port for that PC.

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So I've been thinking about upgrading my GPU from a GTX 760 2gb to a GTX 980 but I'm not sure if I have to buy a new Power Supply aswell. I'm using a 650W power supply.
My specs are: MSI motherboard(forgot the name), 8GB ram DDR3, SSD 200GB, HDD 1TB, DVD-RW, 2 120mm fans + the CPU fan , a core i5 4670k (3.40 ghz) and the gtx 760 itself.


A:Should I upgrade my Power Supply?

Try this out; http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

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Im thinking of getting an antec earthwatts psu so i can get a better gpu. heres the psu i want to put in: Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

here is the computer that i want to put psu into: HP Pavilion a6110n PC (GG781AA) specifications - HP Home & Home Office Products

wat are your thoughs on this vista forums?

oh and will i get past post? i think so because this gives way more power than my current 250w one.

A:upgrade of power supply

Hello Kelvin,

I suppose it depends on what new graphics card you are wanting to get to use with it. Some of the latest models (ex: GTX 480) can use around 295 watts themselves under full load.

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i want to upgrade my graphics card - currently running a 300w (rofl) that came with the premade tower but want to throw in a 600w to push a strong card - is there any kind of risk to hurt the mb? thanx for any help oh and its a standard 20+4 pin

A:power supply upgrade

No it won't hurt the motherboard. The only thing you need to watch for is that a standard ATX power supply will fit in that HP case.

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I am replacing the existing graphics card in this machine with a gForce 1070. I need at least a 400W power supply though. I purchased a Corsair 750W power supply, but this doesn't seem to work because the cable that connects to the mother board, i think for the CPU, is a 4 wire connector, and the new power supply has a minimum of 6 What is a beefier power supply that i *CAN* install in this machine to adequately power this card? Thankyou

A:Need to upgrade my power supply

From what I read elsewhere, you should still be able to use the power supply in question.  I personally did not try it, but others claim that you can use the pins on the 8pin connector that match up and let the others hang outdside the connector.  Some say, depending on the exact model of the Corsair PS, that the 8pin connect might be able to split.  Meant to split, not cut.

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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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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 brother's graduation present is an uber computer. Here are the specs for it:


* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
* Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Quad processor Q9550 (2.83GHz)
* 6GB DDR2-800MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x2048, 2x1024)
* 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT, 2 DVI, HDMI adapter
* Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n & Bluetooth(R )
* FREE UPGRADE to 750GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
* LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
* 16x max. DVD-ROM
* 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, 1394, audio
* Integrated 7.1 channel sound w/front audio ports
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The computer only comes with a 460w power supply, with no option to upgrade. Is this a problem? For a quad core, 1gb video card, and 6-8gb of ram, I would imagine he would want a bigger one, at least to be safe. What do you guys think?

A:Need help on whether to upgrade power supply

If this is a custom build, then there should be no issues with upgrading the power supply.
It may run ok with 460W, but if it were me i'd get something better. probably 650w or better.

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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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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 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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Im planning to upgrade my power supply to one of 650 watts, what i need to know before to buy it?

i have windows vista 32 bit, processor Intel? Core™ 2 Duo E6320, motherboard INTEL DG965OT. also im planning to buy a video card ati 5770 single slot.

If you need more information tell me.

i dont want to make a mistake and buy something wrong.

Thank you.

A:power supply upgrade

What do you have now?
Think of your psu as the heart of your system. If you lose the psu, it can potentially take out everything. So obviously you don't want to skimp on it.

With a quality brand, it doesn't matter if its multi or single rail anymore, and your systems new enough any modern psu will be compatible.

Your current setup, with 5770, could easily run on 450ish W, so a 650W isn't too overkill, and allows for future upgrades.

I'd recommend a 650tx from Corsair... But they are pricey.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V &#47; EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $89.99<-- Very good price, usually over $100
Newegg.com - Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 &#47; EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply $55 bucks after mail ins.

But basically paying over $75 before sales will give you a good psu.

Also remember, a quality psu can last multiple changes to your system

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does the 508149-001 1100 watt replace the 508148-001 850 Watt? I noticed the 1100 watt PS has one extra pin on the P21 connector which I suspect provides another 12VDC  line  but The system work with the 850 watt PS before I plugged in the new 1100 watt PS.  Is a troublr shooting guide availablr=e for the main system board?  Thank you!!

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Before i start i should probably mention that i did see the other power supply thread but thought it was gettin a bit full lol...... anyway, just a quick question....

I am hoping to order some new parts for my computer soon:

Abit KN8 Ultra
AMD Athlon 64 3200
128Mb Asus PCI-E 6600GT-TD

Do you think my current Generic 400+ Watt power supply will be able to handle these, i tried working it out but failed miserably.

Any help appriciated.

A:Upgrade Power Supply?

400W should be enough assuming you don't have a lot of other things plugged in, however if your PSU is a low quality one then it may be a problem.

What make/model is it? How many amps on the 12v rail?

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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'm looking to upgrade the power supply in my Dell Optiplex 990 MT. The one in it is a 240w and I'd like to get something around 600w-750w, in preparation for Battlefield V and to make Battlefield 1 run a little better. My questions are; will a gaming power supply off ebay or amazon fit in my PC, and, is it safe to put in a poer supply that's so much more powerful than the OEM, or will it fry my motherboard?

Thanks for the help in advance,

Other specs:
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz 38 C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Dell Inc. 06D7TR (CPU 1)
HP w19b/w19e ([email protected])
2048MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series (Unknown) 41 C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 (SATA) 42 C
465GB Seagate ST3500414CS (SATA) 37 C

Let me know if you need more info. I'm also planning to put in an Nvidia 1050ti 4gb graphics card when it gets here.

A:Need to upgrade power supply

The Dell OptiPlex 990 small form factor(SFF) comes with a 240W power supply.
The larger mini tower(MT) comes with a 265W power supply.
Are you sure yours is a MT and not a SFF?


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My friend is trying to upgrade the power supply on his HP Media Center m7160n, I understand he'd be better off getting a new custom PC in the long run but for now he's just looking for a stop gap solution.

The problem is the specs for that PC lists two motherboards, one ASUS and one an HP motherboard and we have no idea what this means: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00389438.

The power supply he's looking at only has one ATX motherboard connector: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Cooler+...68522&skuId=1511293&st=power supply&cp=1&lp=5

Does this mean the power supply will not work?

A:Trying to upgrade power supply

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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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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 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 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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hello all i have a emachines w3619 with a ecs 945gct-m3 mobo and was wanting a power supply upgrade.....my mobo is weird though because as you can see in the picture i have two spots for the extra 4-pin connector or so i think....anyways i was wanting to upgrade the psu for a new powerful graphics card so any advice to upgrade will be appriciated

A:[Q] power supply upgrade

I would get a download copy of the manual for this MB from the ECS website to verify what all the connections are used for. Plus some MFG computer cases do not always fit the standard replacement PSU's.

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 I need to upgrade the Power Supply to 400W. What is a compatible PS?

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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 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 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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I still have an old PR03X docking Station, will this work with the Precision 7520?
What about the new Thunderbolt Docks - I read somewhere that I would still need  to plug in an additional power supply for the Precision models since they use so much power (180W) even when they are connected to the Dock??
If that is true, can't I simply buy some generic USB-C Docking Station, i.e. what does the Precision Laptop do in regards to power supply from USB when I have already the regular power supply plugged in? Hopefully nothing in regard to charging from USB-C? Or how does that work?


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