upgraded psu for emachines et1331g-05w

April 21, 2010 at 23:06:07
Specs: Windows 7
The psu is only a 300w and I'm going to put in a better video card which will most likely need more wattage or right? I'm just not sure what psu would be compatible. I've looked on new egg and i think some would work fine its just i don't know for sure and would rather have an expert or someone of more knowledge let me know =] thanks.

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April 21, 2010 at 23:53:02
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.

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS.

Most emachines desktop computers use a standard sized standard ATX PS.

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.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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emachines computers are well known to have el-cheapo power supplies that tend to fail more often than average, and when the power supply fails completely, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, often the mboard.
Find the label on the power supply - if the brand is BESTEC I advise you, REPLACE IT, even if you don't need a power supply with more capacity ! BESTEC power supplies failing is probably the number one reason an emachines desktop system fails to boot, and the number one reason the mboard on an emachines desktop system gets damaged.

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April 22, 2010 at 06:20:35
If you don't mind rebates, you can't beat this Corsair 400W unit with a single +12v rail at 30A for $40:


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