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    If I wanted to add a USB 2.0 Upgrade Card....and the only advice I can get from my PC manufacturer is "Do not overload the power supply by installing add-in boards that draw excessive current."
    How do I find out if it will overload it or not BEFORE I install it?

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    Hi wild - Go here -
    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
    Download and run this free program, it will produce a report of your system and software. Print off a copy if you have a printer.
    The details will help when you go here -
    http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/

    This should give you a good idea of your existing wattage. Add the additional for your proposed USB. If in doubt about any wattage it is best to err on the high side, better too much than too little.
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    Default THANKS

    Thank you very much....going to the site now.

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    1watt=1voltx1amp \ usb2.0 upgrade card consumes about 1.4watts,on a bad day.

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    Use this rather simplified rule of mine.
    Start with 250 watts and add 50 watts for every extra card you add inlcluding AGP.
    3 slots used = 350 watt
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    Default SOLVED

    Thanks for the help. Got the new card installed and everything is working great!