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    Power Supply

    I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?

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    Josh White Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:16:54 -0600, Vista_32bit
    <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

    >
    >I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    >upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    >components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    Sounds fishy. That said, if you haven't replaced any components with
    power-hungry new components or added any of the latter, you don't need
    any more power than what was originally supplied.

    PJ White

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    Re: Power Supply

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh White View Post
    On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:16:54 -0600, Vista_32bit
    <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote:

    >
    >I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    >upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    >components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    Sounds fishy. That said, if you haven't replaced any components with
    power-hungry new components or added any of the latter, you don't need
    any more power than what was originally supplied.

    PJ White
    I'm upgrading my graphics card, it requires 400W.

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    Curious Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    The Dell rep is totally wrong a power supply only supplies the power that
    is required by the components and no more. It would be like saying that if
    you increase the available bandwidth of your computer's network connection
    that it would destroy your computer
    "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    > upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    > components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Vista_32bit

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    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    1. Dell likely does not have one of their customized power supplies of
    higher wattage that fits the mounting methodology used in your computer.

    2. They would rather you buy a new computer anyway.

    If you can find an after market P/S that fits the mounting configuration
    used by Dell (which is done so that you "must" go back to them for parts)
    then by all means - purchase it. You will not damage your computer by going
    to a higher wattage supply.

    --

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    > upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    > components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Vista_32bit

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    PvdG42 Guest

    Re: Power Supply


    "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    > upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    > components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Vista_32bit
    What Dell Support told you is total BS, but what's *not* BS about Dell's
    proprietary components is that generic replacements often *do not*
    fit/connect the same way and thus cannot be used with the Dell hardware. So,
    before you order a replacement PSU, I'd take the unit to a trustworthy local
    shop and spend a few bucks extra to have them fit a new PSU. If they look at
    it and tell you they can't do it, you'll know you're in the situation
    described above.


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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    That is a total BS. Dell probably does not have this PS. Find one and install it or
    have it installed. Output to MOBO is all the same be it 200W or 400W. The only
    difference that there is , is the amount of peripherals that it can connect to and
    safely keep it fed with steady stream of power without starving the rest of the
    hardware.



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    "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    > upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    > components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Vista_32bit

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    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    > upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    > components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >
    >
    > --
    > Vista_32bit

    They say that because they supply specific power supplies for each model,
    and there is no provision..

    Two possible obstacles. There may not be a 400w PS available in the physical
    size fitted to your machine.. you will have to take out the 250w and
    compare..

    Also, Dell used to customize the order of wires which go into the
    motherboard plug. I don't think that they do this anymore, but it would be
    wise to check first..


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    Curious Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    If the OP's PS does have non standard wiring connections then a new PS wired
    by the normal standard certainly could cause damage if the 12 volts out of
    the supply was connected to the pin(s) normally used for 5 volts on his
    MOBO.
    "Mike Hall - MVP" <mikehall@xxxxxx_mvps.com> wrote in message
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    > "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    > news:9945640e2aadfd3369b829fd28cc8051@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >>
    >> I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    >> upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    >> components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Vista_32bit
    >
    >
    > They say that because they supply specific power supplies for each model,
    > and there is no provision..
    >
    > Two possible obstacles. There may not be a 400w PS available in the
    > physical size fitted to your machine.. you will have to take out the 250w
    > and compare..
    >
    > Also, Dell used to customize the order of wires which go into the
    > motherboard plug. I don't think that they do this anymore, but it would be
    > wise to check first..
    >
    >
    > --
    > Mike Hall - MVP
    > How to construct a good post..
    > http://dts-l.com/goodpost.htm
    > How to use the Microsoft Product Support Newsgroups..
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default...help&style=toc
    > Mike's Window - My Blog..
    > http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx
    >
    >
    >
    >

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    Paul Shapiro Guest

    Re: Power Supply

    In addition to everyone else's good comments, it might be that there isn't
    enough cooling in your enclosure for 400W of power dissipation. Adding the
    higher-rated power supply doesn't change the power dissipation, but the new
    graphic card will. Maybe that's what Dell support meant about frying
    components.

    "Curious" <mailmenot@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    > If the OP's PS does have non standard wiring connections then a new PS
    > wired by the normal standard certainly could cause damage if the 12 volts
    > out of the supply was connected to the pin(s) normally used for 5 volts on
    > his MOBO.
    > "Mike Hall - MVP" <mikehall@xxxxxx_mvps.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23l3LBOTXJHA.556@xxxxxx

    >> "Vista_32bit" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    >> news:9945640e2aadfd3369b829fd28cc8051@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >>>
    >>> I have a dell insp. 531s with a 250W power supply. Dell support says
    >>> upgrading to anything over (like 400W) would potentially fry my
    >>> components, is this true? Is it safe to upgrade to a higher wattage?
    >>> --
    >>> Vista_32bit
    >>
    >>
    >> They say that because they supply specific power supplies for each model,
    >> and there is no provision..
    >>
    >> Two possible obstacles. There may not be a 400w PS available in the
    >> physical size fitted to your machine.. you will have to take out the 250w
    >> and compare..
    >>
    >> Also, Dell used to customize the order of wires which go into the
    >> motherboard plug. I don't think that they do this anymore, but it would
    >> be wise to check first..
    >>
    >> --
    >> Mike Hall - MVP
    >> How to construct a good post..
    >> http://dts-l.com/goodpost.htm
    >> How to use the Microsoft Product Support Newsgroups..
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default...help&style=toc
    >> Mike's Window - My Blog..
    >> http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/default.aspx

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