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Thread: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....




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    Default PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    I do NOT trust my computer knowledge and DO trust the knowledge on this board....

    I bought a 7900gs.....got a nice deal.....have to upgrade the power.....bought a decent PS and before I installed it into the computer I got to thinking that it MIGHT be possible to use the new PS for the graphics card and continue to use the existing power supply for everything else......sort of an external power supply for the graphics card.....but, I also don't want to fry a brand new card or, even worse, the computer......IS this possible or, if it is, worth the effort and hassle......I'm good at the easy stuff.....installing memory/PS/cards, etc., but, you could train a chimp to do that stuff......messin' with power is a different story....;)

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    Just curious, what is the wattage on the new ps.
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    there's no reason why you can't split the load between the PSU's, ie HD's on one & Mboard on the other, seems to a bit of waste of resources thou, unless you have a ****load of HD's, my server is running with 3 PSU's & 2 Cases (yes it is one PC, it has 11 HD's in it)

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    350watts.....small one.....all I do on this computer is FS9 and internet/email.......primary FS9......obviously won't run FSX very well.......btw, forgive me for being so computer "illiterate"....;)

    FS computer specs.....

    Athlon 3100+ (planned on OC'n....but no guts as of yet)
    1.5gig 4200 Ram
    7900gs

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    If your new PS is 350 watts what was your orginal one?

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    It was a piss-ant lil' 180w......I thought it was a 250......installed the 350w and surprise, surprise, surprise......eventually I'll buy a nice 550/600w.....use this 350w for awhile til' I do......thanks for the replys..... ;)

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    Default Re: PS question......probably a dumb one, buuuuut.....

    ok you'll probably get about 6 months out of that PSU if its undersized

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