How much power do I need for a dual system?

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How much power do I need for a dual system?

Post by hyperspace » Fri Feb 14, 2003 9:50 pm

How many Watts should my power supply be rated at?

If your running duals with a few PCI cards, one or two hard drive(s), 2D graphics card; 250W-300W will probably do.

If the dual system is loaded, all PCI slots filled, high-end graphics card, SCSI controller with several devices, HPT366 controller with several hard drives; more like 350W-500W.

I look at it this way. The more stuff you put in the box, the more Watts needed to power all those devices. Remember, a lot depends on the quality of the power supply and how many amps are available on each voltage circuit (+3.3, +5, +12, etc.).

dual = more watts...

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