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Old 17th September, 2002, 12:21 AM
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if your system is running ok on that cheap scan PSU then keep it.

But you might find you cant overclock much, but dont ditch the supply untill you try it or burn it out.
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Old 17th September, 2002, 09:34 AM
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Yeah, your power supply COULD be enough... but if you start getting crashes when you are really taxing your CPU, it will probably be the source of your problem. I would reccomend downloading sisoft sandra or motherboard monitor 5 and checking the +5V line. If it's above 4.9 with your processor under load, you probably won't have a problem. If it's below 4.8V, you will likely experinece instability. Obviously, a power supply putting out more watts is a solution. Less obviously, a 300W power supply by a quality company like Enermax or Anatec may do the trick. Unless you are running lots of hard drives or CD drives, you probably won't need more than 400W, though.

P.S. It never hurts to have extra power. My 550W power supply came in handy when I decided to upgrade to dual processors.
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Old 17th September, 2002, 01:30 PM
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Well i was thinking 300 Watts might not be enough, but i havent experianced any problems other than the previously mentioned nv4_disp.dll BSOD - which hopefully has been solved by upgrading the Via 4 in 1 Drivers .. TOUCH WOOD!

I was thinking about getting a Nice Enermax one bit later on, when I have some more cash - i think the monitor is going to put a sizeable dent in my pocket!!

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