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    Power Supply help

    Hey guys I just used the PSU Calculator on the site recommended. Granted it doesn't take into effect probably the exact components in my PC. But it says recommended i should have a 357 watt psu. I currently am running a 350 or a 380watt.

    I do plan on upgrading my Graphics soon. Any idea's on what I should do?

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    Power Supply help

    either get a secondary PSU (they fit in a 5.25 bay, and power your gfx card) or just buy a 500 watt psu for like 50 bucks.

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    Power Supply help

    Whats best place to buy PSU or Secondary PSU's? Also how does a Secondary PSU hook up? I currently have a Antec Case that i purchased from best buy.

    Heres what my case looks like. I have the Model right before this one thats not shown on their site. But it has a 350 or 380watt psu and the side panel just has the duct intake.

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    Power Supply help

    best bet is online somewhere. everyone has their favorite site: mine is If a credit card is a problem, you can still find decent deals at computer places near you. I am lucky enough to live near a Fry's Electronics, which beats the pants off of Best Buy or other similar stores.
    You are only going to find the secondary PSUs online, or at a specialty computer shop; best buy and stuff will either have to special order (at or above full price), but you can occasionally find decent deals from rebates and things on a new more powerful PSU.

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    Power Supply help

    Yea is what i use most. I do try to go local cause i hate waiting on shipping.

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    Power Supply help

    Whats your full specs of the rig your putting the PSU in?

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    Power Supply help

    CPU: AMD 64 X2 4000+
    RAM: 2GB DDR2 800Mhz Dual Channel
    Graphics: ATI X300 SE (currently 48% OC'd, plan on upgrading to atleast 8800 something GeForce)
    HDD's: 1x 250GB SATA 1x 400GB SATA (not in a raid)
    OS: Windows XP Pro
    PSU: Antec Smart Power 350 Watt
    Optical Drives: 1x DVD R/RW 1x CD R/RW
    Motherboard: BioStar TF7025-M2 with Nvidia GeForce 7025 Chipset, Both North and South Bridges are Nvidia.

    All in a Antec Case.

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    Power Supply help

    I would probably look at something from Corsair in the lines of the VX550 or a little higher. You can check out a review of it here.

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    Power Supply help

    Whats some other brands that are good.

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    Power Supply help

    Here is a link to MI's listing of good and bad power supplies.
    Hope this helps you out. Good luck with your project and I'll keep my eyes open for the next update. Happy Modding to ya.

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