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Quick questions about power supplies...My current power supply is still the stock supply that came with the compaq which is only 250 watt. I am looking for a new video card and most of the ones I see need a minimum 350 watt supply. So my question is, are power supplies pretty interchangeable? Cause I don't want to buy something and have it not fit.

Heres what I am looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817153023

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I just talked to compaq, and they say not to use more then 350W, and it does not void the warrenty.

That doesn't make sense. Did they mean it's unnecessary to have more than a 350 watt power supply in that particular pc?

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They said anymore then 350 can damage the hardware

In other words, they have no idea what they're talking about.

Your current system will take like 150 at most currently, so theoretically you'd be fine even with the 250 watt, if it was a quality PSU. With the 8600GT you'd be at 200 or so. 350 watt will be plenty.

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