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Posted on Monday, October 16, 2000 - 7:08 am:   

I am going to upgrade my old desktop and I am going to buy a new case/power supply. I also need to get a new hard drive.
Do I need to match the power supply (ATA or ATX) to the Hard drive specs?
I have never had to buy a case/power supply unit before.


Any other upgrading tips is appreciated!
Posted on Monday, October 16, 2000 - 8:19 pm:   

it depends. you need to go to the manufacturers site to check the specs. on some athalon motherboards, they need a particular power supply that's recommended that's dependable with their motherboards. i hope this helps. i'd recommend looking for at least a 300w power supply (given the power ratings of the new processors and video cards. it is always better to have a little overkill than not enough).
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 4:39 pm:   

So it is ok if the power supply is greater than the recommended by the motherboard requirements? I will check the Asus manual for info.

John Woods
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 3:31 am:   

can u help by telling me how do i upgrade to a pentium 3 from two and all the devices. much appreciated.

Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 11:38 am:   

Check the spec of your current MBO to see if it will accomodate a P3 Processor. Your current MBO may only support an older P2 or P3 with a high power consumption, say for example 2-3 volt, where as a new chip may only need 1.8 volt. This you need to know. Older P2 and P3 chips may not be found these days (eg. P3 500Mh. non coppermine core, which your current board might support) and that means a new mother board and processor is in order. It may be time to consider a new board and a jump to a P4.

There is always the argument for staying with the P2 and tweaking performance such as more memory, better video or sound card ( if that is an area of concern with your present machine ) or a faster modem.

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