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are all power supplys the same?

By drfefe2
Sep 11, 2006
  1. i want to uprade from a 300watt psu. i need to know if i need to worry about...
    1. size, or are they all about the same size?
    2. types of pins and what-nots, or will any psu i buy work with any system?
    3. what brands are good and how much should i spend?

    i have a compaq presario sr1630nx with 512 ram and a xfx geforce 7600gt.
  2. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Well, yes PSes are different. But they are the same within their respective designations.
    Like ATX, MicroATX, P4, and so on.

    Chances are good you have a "normal" ATX power supply, it's most common. But being that you have a compaq, it may actually be proprietary, so you have to watch out.
    If I were you, I might take the power supply to a local store and make sure it is standard. Then thank them kindly and go buy one online :)
    Sometimes OEMs like compaq will rewire it, or add extra plugs just so you have to buy stuff through them. And maybe not.

    Best way is to compare to a normal ATX power supply.

    As far as the plugs go, look at which plugs go into the motherboard. Never mind plugs into drives and thing, but just in the motherboard. There should probably be two plugs, maybe one, or more. Perhaps tell us what each of these looks like.

    As far as size goes, that depends as well. Some OEM PCs have small cases, so they have microATX power supplies. But being that yours is a 300watt, it's probably full ATX. Regardless, sometimes they put smaller supplies for the smaller case, hense, proprietary.
    If you get a monster power supply like some $100+ 550W beast, even if it's ATX, it will probably be a bit larger then yours, screw holes the same, but larger in bulk, and may not fit.

    I still say, best to take the PC to a shop and verify. It's easier then buying online and then, at best, having to return it, or at worse, possibly frying the new PS or your motherboard.
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    All power supplies are different. You can usually judge thei quality by how much they weigh: The more, the better. Brands such as Antec and Thermaltake are good.


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