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#1 shags72

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:29 PM

I have a pc with a p4 2.0 in it (yes I know it is old) and was wondering if a 250 watt power supply would be big enough. It only has one optical drive and no cards in it with everything being integrated including lan and sound. If it is not and anyway what kind of ps would be the one to buy? Thanks.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:33 PM

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:00 AM

It doesn't run and I had an old ps out of a celeron 1.3 with the proper connections and it powered up, but now I put it back in that and let her use it while I see if I could fix this one. It is running xp pro with no software to speak of as in out of the box install of windows. I added avg free and ccleaner and will be adding malwarebytes but nothing else really. It is for my 73 year old mother. It has 512 ram in it and it has a SiS 670? If I remember right motherboard. The optical drive is a cd burner only and it does have a floppy. Hope that helps.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:03 AM

for Safe measure I would get a 350 Watt to make sure it lasts awhile and provides ample room for upgrades.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:40 AM

You can give the 250W power supply a go, i'm pretty sure it will work since i also have a p4 which uses a 250W power supply with cards on it like graphics card. Also you might as well increase the ram to 1GB.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 02:06 AM

I have run similar systems at 250 watts it should work decent. If you can find a 350 watt or higher to be on the safe side like cryptodan suggested, for the same or not much more I would go that route for room for future expansion, and it will run cooler and last longer since you won't be tasking it so much.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 08:51 AM

Thanks guys! I will take a look around to see what I can find. Any certain brand I should look at?

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 02:52 PM

Rosewill, Coolermaster, Antec and Corsair are a few off the top of my head.

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