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I'm moving to London in July of 2009 and I was wondering what impact this will have on my computers. I am well aware there's a different electrical system (uses different plugs and voltages) but how does this impact my computer? Do I need to buy a new power supply? (See my sig for current rig.) Someone told me there should be a switch on the power supply that will make it work with European electrical systems, and that all I would need to do after that would be buy a new power cord that runs from the PSU to the wall--is that correct or am I way off? I know I can't just take it over as-is, as it'll just short the electrical system in my future flat (I've heard of a number of people doing this), but what changes do I need to make, if any?

Also, how will this affect my monitor, surge protector, router, etc.--do I need to buy a lot of new parts or can I just use plug adapters on some of the existing parts? That's what I did with my cell phone charger when I was over there a year ago and it was fine, but I imagine for the more major components that require more power they'd be a bit more susceptible to problems on a different power grid. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

And yes, I will do a re-build before moving, as I know that parts are much cheaper in the US than they are in the UK. (But that may change in the next 14 months, so who knows.)
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post #2 of 27
You should have to change any parts apart from the plugs (Could be wrong tho)
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You just need to change the plug.

I believe your PSU has active PFC so you don't need to even manually switch 110v to 220v modes
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You just need to change the plug.

I believe your PSU has active PFC so you don't need to even manually switch 110v to 220v modes
I was stationed there and saw a lot of people blow PSUs when they forget to flip the red switch on the back of the PSU to 240v. I would recommend doing it as soon as you disconnect and pack everything up to ship. Otherwise you might forget at the other end. When you get there, just go to PC World and get a new wall plug.

But there is no region code or anything like that for PCs. That only applies to Xbox, Playstation and DVDs. You might want to invest in a multi region DVD payer (and dual voltage) before you head over there. It will be much more expensive to get one there.

You can also buy 110-220 converters.

edit: I didnt know that PSU had an auto switch... cool.
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If your electrical items are able to work with both eu and us currents (120 / 240 volts) you could just get away with using us to uk plug adapters, in the case some items only work on 120v, you would need power converters (which can only handle specific amounts of wattage and devices, plus are cumbersome!).

In reality, you should check every single electrical device you shall be moving over to the UK, tiring work but it must be done!

The power grid wont cause any problems to more demanding components, as long as they can work in the 240v range.
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If your electrical items are able to work with both eu and us currents (120 / 240 volts) you could just get away with using us to uk plug adapters, in the case some items only work on 120v, you would need power converters (which can only handle specific amounts of wattage and devices, plus are cumbersome!).

In reality, you should check every single electrical device you shall be moving over to the UK, tiring work but it must be done!

The power grid wont cause any problems to more demanding components, as long as they can work in the 240v range.
They use a different Hz system too. We use 60Hz while they use 50Hz. It really messes with clocks since they work by counting Hz cycles! I had 110v run in the dorms, but all the clocks where off by 20 min after a day or 2 LOL.
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Ha, welcome to expensive England.
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I was stationed there and saw a lot of people blow PSUs when they forget to flip the red switch on the back of the PSU to 240v. I would recommend doing it as soon as you disconnect and pack everything up to ship. Otherwise you might forget at the other end. When you get there, just go to PC World and get a new wall plug.

But there is no region code or anything like that for PCs. That only applies to Xbox, Playstation and DVDs. You might want to invest in a multi region DVD payer (and dual voltage) before you head over there. It will be much more expensive to get one there.

You can also buy 110-220 converters.

edit: I didnt know that PSU had an auto switch... cool.

All newer PSU have active PFC. In fact, active PFC is required on all PSUs sold in the EU. While the UK isn't in the EU, it is pretty safe to assume their PSUs all have active PFC. One of the side benefits of it is that the voltage switch is no longer needed.


Oh, buy a new system before leaving the country. Everything is gonna cost 10-50% more!
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Oh, buy a new system before leaving the country. Everything is gonna cost 10-50% more!
More like 75-100% more. Word of advise, just buy loads of electronics like ipods and such and sell them over here, you will make a fortune.
    
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More like 75-100% more. Word of advise, just buy loads of electronics like ipods and such and sell them over here, you will make a fortune.
This is true, everything is more expensive. I would by some things 40% cheaper on base for friends! I also had the advantage of having an APO (US) mailing address, so I could still order from newegg!
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