Packard bell with propriety psu?

Fujitsu siemens / Ms-6380v3
April 3, 2010 at 14:47:04
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 1.666 GHz / 511 MB
I am thinking of getting this computer and then
upgrading gfx card. But in order to upgrade the
gfx i need to get a new psu. I am wondering does
the PACKARD BELL iXtreme X5620 come with a
propriety psu?

The specs

All I know is that it comes with a 250w psu.

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April 3, 2010 at 15:12:00
It would be stupid to buy a new machine and then upgrade it. Why not just buy a machine that meets your requirements? Look at online builders in your area.

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April 3, 2010 at 15:32:16
Most brand name system builders have NOT used proprietary power supplies for their systems that use ~ standard width towers like for this iXtreme X5620 for many years (at least ten) , except for some server models / mboards. Otherwise, if the case is slimmer, the size of box the power supply has may be a proprietary size or shape, but it's almost always using standard ATX wiring.

Brand name system builders usually do not make their own mboards and use mboards that were supplied to them by major mboard manufacturers, almost all of which use standard ATX wiring and ATX mboard power sockets.

If the wiring colors for the main connector are the same as for the 24 pin one in this, it has a standard ATX wiring pattern:

The white wire at position 18 is not needed for mboards that have no ISA slots (in most cases mboards made since about 2000 have no ISA slots).

If the power supply is standard sized, probably any standard wired standard sized ATX power supply can be used.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Your power supply must have at least the minumum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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April 3, 2010 at 20:25:55
Gfx card? U didn't bother to mention the name. So can't recommend anything.

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April 4, 2010 at 05:16:57
would you say this would be a good psu. The price is £50 and
appears to be reliable. The 12v rails are independent i think
looking from the description.

The PSU:

And here is the graphics card i want to upgrade to:

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April 4, 2010 at 09:31:00
I don't know where you're getting the info that the iXtreme X5620 has a 250 watt power supply, because I haven't found any info about that, unless you already have it or know someone who has one. It's certainly possible it does - brand name system builders tend to cheap out on the power supply capacity, but even so it's usually at least 300 or 350 watts.

The video card you picked requires your system has a minimum 300 watt power supply, no minimum amperage at +12v stated.
I'm not an expert regarding nVidia video chipsets, but I think that's probably better than the onboard video on the mboard.

The power supply you picked is so-so at best. Someone supplied info at the link you supplied under the ad that says it has a one year warranty. I recommend you get a different brand with a longer warranty, preferably 3 years or more.

Someone supplied info under the ad that says the power supply is supported at the Compucase HEC group UK web site.
"Is there a manufacturers website ?"

Compucase didn't make the power supplies - they merely distribute them. It's difficult to find the warranty info if it's even there on that web site.

There are links on that site to other Compucase HEC group web sites.

The USA site has a Search feature.

When I searched using; warranty: one year
, I got a list of many power supplies.

When I searched using: warranty: three years, and warranty: 3 years, and warranty: two years, and warranty: 2 years, I got zero results.

So, seemingly - ALL their power supply models have only a one year warranty.

Eventually I figured out the Xpower power supplies are made by Powmax.
Under construction - useless .

A search using: powmax power supply
reveals they may fail more often than other brands.

E.g. Click on: read all 21 reviews

I think you should pick a better brand.

E.g. ATI recommends these brands:

nVidia may have a similar list.

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