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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:17 PM

1.How do you check how much power your power supply has (wattage)? I've looked all over in my computer and everest and cannot find how much I have.

2. I noticed after I leave my computer idle for a few hours it goes real slow for a couple minutes. I was thinking this might be from the fact that my hard drive is set to turn off after an hour. If this is the reason why it does that, is it good for my hard drive to turn off?
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:38 PM

If it is factory built you should have a manual or be able to access one on line. If you would like you can give the manufacturer's name and model number or name if you need help finding a manual.

Go into the control panel and open Power Options. There you can customize your power options.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 09:04 PM

Thanks for the reply. I looked my manual up on dell.com and it turns out I only have a 250w power supply. Is that enough? I'm planning on eventually getting 2 gigs of ram and maybe a graphics card, and I don't think it can handle all of that. Also is there a program that tells you how much power you are useing? I remember seeing a chart describing how much power everything uses, but I'd rather see my total usage and how much everything is useing.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 07:24 AM

Thanks for the reply. I looked my manual up on dell.com and it turns out I only have a 250w power supply. Is that enough? I'm planning on eventually getting 2 gigs of ram and maybe a graphics card, and I don't think it can handle all of that.

250W will most likely not cut it, especially with a stand-alone video card.

Also is there a program that tells you how much power you are useing? I remember seeing a chart describing how much power everything uses, but I'd rather see my total usage and how much everything is useing.

No, you'll need a separate piece of hardware to find out your power usage.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 01:00 PM

Also is there a program that tells you how much power you are useing? I remember seeing a chart describing how much power everything uses, but I'd rather see my total usage and how much everything is useing.

These will give you a "guesstimate" of your power consumption:
PC Power Recommendation/Consumption Calculator
Journey Systems Power Supply Calculator
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 03:05 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies! I used some of those calculators you recommended tg1911, and one came out to 214 watts and the other 257 (I think I did that 257 one wrong though). So I guess I need more power, along with basically new everything else because this computer is getting real crappy. Maybe I should just save my money and build a computer.
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