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3. CPU Hacks > 19. Get More Power

Get More Power

Before you change out your system board, upgrade to a new CPU, or start jacking up the speed of your CPU and get lulled into a false comfort zone with your new blazing-fast turbocharged PC, make sure it’s got the stamina to keep running smoothly. Many PCs have meager 200- to 250-watt power supplies, as shown in Figure 3-1, which are no match for the 300-watt capacity recommended by AMD for their CPUs. You’ll need the extra juice to feed not only the CPU but the video card, RAM, disk drives, and other devices.

Power supply ratings are usually clearly labeled
Figure 3-1. Power supply ratings are usually clearly labeled

Tip

Check the label on your power supply for its capacity rating in watts. 200, 225, 230, and 250 watts are common but usually insufficient for the needs of power users.


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