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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by jman888 View Post
so wait. they are saying your pc needs its own circut?
Not usually...but it SHOULD have a separate circuit. Other devices can cause a breaker to flip, or make slight surges in the power... Kinda like when the furnace fan goes on and your lights dim in the bathroom...lol
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post #22 of 28
Title had me thinking it had a water leak and started a fire or something and the photo looks like the computer blew a hole in the wall

It's not the 1000watt PSU it's the outdated electrical service, if you push the power button on your PC and the lights in the house flicker or anyone with 25year old service it might be a good idea to have your electrical inspected or updated.
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Just remember that you may have a 700w PSU, but it doesn't draw 700w all the time.
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Wait, so having, say, a CRT, a computer with a 800W PSU, and a hair dryer in the same outlet will make a boom?

I have my stereo, CRT, computer, and my modem/router plugged into my outlet. (Top one is CRT, modem and router with the extension "boxes" - 3 pronged. Bottom is computer and stereo with the same thing as above except it only has two instead of 3.)

That OK?

Only reason I ask is because I'm jumping to a 600W PSU, and I know that "guide" is talking about 800W+ PSU's, but they weren't taking into consideration a CRT.
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I am glad I know the wiring in my house. Not that I have a bunch of crap running at once anyways. Good find Slade! Rep+ for a quality PRACTICAL article.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by TwIsTeDbOi View Post
Pretty good read. Gives a little insight of why those 1k-2k watt PSU's aren't worth it, let alone safe.
LOL! I don't think that's what the article meant to say... Some systems need high-wattage PSUs, although perhaps not 1000W. This article was telling you how to manage your electricity usage so that you can use a 1000W PSU at full load and not blow stuff up or set it on fire. At least that's what I got out of it.
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post #27 of 28
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Wait, so having, say, a CRT, a computer with a 800W PSU, and a hair dryer in the same outlet will make a boom?

I have my stereo, CRT, computer, and my modem/router plugged into my outlet. (Top one is CRT, modem and router with the extension "boxes" - 3 pronged. Bottom is computer and stereo with the same thing as above except it only has two instead of 3.)

That OK?

Only reason I ask is because I'm jumping to a 600W PSU, and I know that "guide" is talking about 800W+ PSU's, but they weren't taking into consideration a CRT.
Again, your PSU only uses what the computer draws (plus power for itself). So if you rig draws 400w (high) and you have a 1000 watt PSU, you are only using 400w, not 1000w.

Now, I have a stereo which pulls about 200-300 watts, a computer that pulls ~250-300, a 5k BTU AC unit (set to full), a laptop with a P4 in it (90w brick), a printer, PS2, my 22" LCD (~50w). All on a old house circuit. I doubt that it is a 15A breaker, since the plugs aren't even grounded, and are the orginals from 1953. Thats around a 1,000-1,200 load on one plug, and I haven't had any problems yet.
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Again, your PSU only uses what the computer draws (plus power for itself). So if you rig draws 400w (high) and you have a 1000 watt PSU, you are only using 400w, not 1000w.

Now, I have a stereo which pulls about 200-300 watts, a computer that pulls ~250-300, a 5k BTU AC unit (set to full), a laptop with a P4 in it (90w brick), a printer, PS2, my 22" LCD (~50w). All on a old house circuit. I doubt that it is a 15A breaker, since the plugs aren't even grounded, and are the orginals from 1953. Thats around a 1,000-1,200 load on one plug, and I haven't had any problems yet.
My house was built in the 1940's and I have not had any problems either

Then again, I know which sockets are on which circuits, so that makes a ton of difference.

I can't wait to build my own house (one day) and do all the wiring, etc. myself.
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