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Should I be Worried About This PSU

By Opellio88
Mar 26, 2008
  1. Hello,

    Recently one of my PC's power supplies (PSU) gave way. I purchased a new PSU that had the same max output rating as the PSU that was originally in the computer. Also, all the cables in the new PSU match what the old one has. My only problem is that the DC output numbers on the label of the old PSU do not match the numbers on the new PSU. So, my question is, do I need to match the DC output ratings, or do I just need to match the max output?

    Thank You
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You don't exactly need to match the old one, usually when purchasing another PSU you can go above the old (stock) specs.

    What are the values exactly listed on the new (and old) PSU?
    And what hardware to you have? (Video card; Ram other cards)

    edit:
    I noticed you have system specs already stated, thankyou
     
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    Probably easier for someone to help you if you specify the PSU models, or at least provide the output ratings of each.

    The general rule of thumb with PCs these days, is that, if it fits physically, it's probably going to work.

    *Edit*

    Theres the TechSpot server giving priority to kimsland again... :D.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I bet him!
    Zenosincks has been beating me for a week now ! :)
     
  5. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks guys, have to get two more replies before I can post links....
     
  6. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    .... And number two....
     
  7. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yuk 250 Watt

    I really do believe you need 400Watt
    It'll probably go again
     
  9. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    This is just a family system, I'm not looking to beef it up or anything, I just wanted to match what was in the system before...
    which it ran fine on for four years

    So, will the new PSU work?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No it's not just a family system exactly
    You have extra Ram and video card, and therefore need more power, and more fans!
     
  11. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    :) It's hard for me to comment on the power pull of your PC without even knowing the hardware specifications, but, I highly doubt it's anywhere in the ballpark of 400w. Furthermore, if you were getting by on a 250W before, this 250W should be fine (despite the fact that there are less amps on pretty much every rail).

    Interface and specification wise, they line up fine. It will work in your new PC as far as that is concerned.

    You may want to be careful with the actual quality of the PSU, as it wouldn't be fun if this one took the rest of your system with it when it crashes ;).

    *Edit*

    If the specifications in your profile are the specifications of the PC we are speaking of here, I would probably go with something that has a bit more juice on the 12v rail at the very least.

    The EA380 would probably suit that PC a bit better than the Diablotek you have chosen.
     
     
  12. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Oh, sorry, I failed to mention I was talking about a different system. It's not the one I've have specs listed for...
     
  13. Opellio88

    Opellio88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks... I hear you about the quality... I was just trying to save a little money.... I'll probably end up eating those words.....
     
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