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Luckily, such knowledge is not a trade secret and I am happy to share my thoughts. Although a 24 pin power supply can be used with a 20-pin motherboard via an adapter, it is not recommended to attempt the reverse, for a 20-pin power supply was not This kind of power cable is fully compatible with both 20 and 24 pin motherboards. You can always plug a 20 pin power cable into a 24 pin motherboard but whether it works over the long haul depends on how much current your motherboard draws. this content

Thanks, Chaz D. Cases with a top-mounted blowhole fan should be checked for clearance with a proposed power supply; the depth of power supplies is not standardized and could vary enough to make clearance What do u think about those reviews? Guess what?

Are All Power Supplies Compatible With All Motherboards

This this has only 19A on each 12V+ rail..I calculated my mobo and other 12V device draw, and I came pretty close to trouble. sf_torquatus said: I'm a frugal buyer too, but sometimes you want to go with name-brand items, especially power supplies. Ive seen that PSU post....its pretty cool...there are so many to choose from..im looking at the $100 to $160 range... Even if the sleeping CPU is the only load on the +12V rail, most power supplies can handle a load this low.

Help us improve this article with your feedback. boxmanboxmanAug 4, 2010, 1:55 PM Alright well thanks for the help, I called technical support and discovered that my motherboard is pretty universal in terms of PSU's. This means that no matter what load the CPU puts on the power supply, there will always be a load on the +12V because the +12V is required to provide power Micro-atx Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103933#DetailSpecs Regards Howard Oct 3, 2005 #11 chaz d.

If you are building a brand new system, anything under 400 watts simply won't cut it. If you know that the power supply won't be used in an older computer then you can use an ATX12V 2.0 or newer power supply which delivers the bulk of its TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35 Well then... why not find out more It doesn`t really matter about the 20, or 24 pin connector, as adapters for those are readily available, and might even come with the new psu.

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Whilst the XG Magnum PSMG-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply looks good on paper, I can`t find too much info on it, and I haven`t managed to find any reviews either. Most of the things mentioned here are either more detail than you need to know or problems which rarely crop up. Are All Power Supplies Compatible With All Motherboards The information comes directly from PSU vendors, and we've included links to the source announcements in case you want to double-check. Cpu-z Program Without going into the many merits of Antec power supplies, how do you pick out a compatible replacement unit?

Please turn on JavaScript and try again. How a computer uses power has gone through a lot of changes over the years. NOW what would you reccommend? Also, if any of you know of one that I should check out, that would be awesome...I really don't mind spending the money if it means that im going to have Dell Power Supply

Ask a Question See Latest Posts TechSpot Forums are dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Also, if you want to compare your parts with SC2 users, use this site: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=97450 To answer your original question, yes, a new power supply will probably fit your motherboard. A power supply's main connection is with the motherboard, and there are now two main standards for desktop computers that must be considered. have a peek at these guys If your machine is a little fancier, you may want to determine which connectors you need and how many of each of them.

If your power supply main power cable and motherboard main power connector both have the same number of pins then they'll (of course) fit together just fine. Best Buy Power Supply Already have an account? There are really only a handful of brands out there that do not involve themselves in these games.

Oct 3, 2005 #12 DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404 It can get a little confusing, but to say it simply: The parts of your computer don't all use the same type

These will cost $50-$100 for the frugal buyer. You can also download the cpu-z program. Thanks for all the help, I learned alot. Corsair Power Supply All about the various PC power supply cables and connectors Rail complications #1 - current limit problems: too much current Rail complications #2 - cross loading problems: unbalanced current Rail complications

Sign in or Create an Account Search Cart 0 Search Home About Warranty Shipping Policy Large-Scale Buy on Credit Unboxings Blog Sign in Create an Account Menu Cart Home › News Here is a good thread for buying PSUs: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=792566 Oct 3, 2005 #2 howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177 +19 The main thing to consider when buying a new psu If you need a power supply for an older computer then you can use an ATX12V 1.3 or earlier power supply which provides most of its power on 3.3/5. Oct 3, 2005 #8 howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177 +19 I was unaware of those bad reviews, but now I`ve seen them, I withdraw my recommendation for that particular psu.

Those are the best supplies because they provide enough wattage for all kinds of machines. What would define "good" in this case is a higher amperage on the 12V rail (you can look up these specs on any sale site and the label on the side