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I want to upgrade my video card. i see some take 500 watts and others take much. so. it seems i need to know the wattage of the power supply.

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  1. Turn off Your Desktop
  2. Discharge it by pressing the power button after you took the plug out (you may see the power lamp turn on for a second or two)
  3. Open the side cover of your Desktop
  4. Look at the IN-side of where the Power cord Goes into your Computer
  5. You'll see a fairly large box (right behind where the wire went in)
  6. The Box has a harness of many colored wire coming from it
  7. There you will find a label listing all of the information such as Make Model, Voltage, Wattage, etc...
If you are wanting to buy a gaming card, or Video (such as for Media Center use) , it is recommended that you DO buy a larger Power Supply. Otherwise, you CAN buy Video Cards that require less wattage.

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Your power supply rating is either on the back of the supply, or in the paper work that came with you computer. You should not need more than a 500 watt supply to run everything on your comp

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

Testimonial: "the power supply was not in any of the paper work from HP or the outside ot the computer, and i do not want to open it until i i have a plan. But, yo"

  • allan mcpeak Mar 19, 2011

    But, you stimulated me to re-examine all ot the papers including the pc mag evaluation where i found the info in their review ie, 300 watts. No, thanks to the HP people.

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    Keith Brown Mar 19, 2011

    300 watts is not enough power, especailly if you add periferals (cards) to your computer, power supplies are easy to change, and they don't cost much. you can buy a 500 or 600 watt for 50 bucks, maybe a little more.. I have stopped buying anytning from HP, cause they are getting really cheap with their equpment.

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