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"auto voltage" on a desktop pc bought in the USA

 
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kberger



Joined: 22 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: "auto voltage" on a desktop pc bought in the USA Reply with quote

I need to get a desktop pc. I'm sick of my old laptop.

I have pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to get an Alienware x51 pc. I'm heading back to the US this month and this would fit into a carry on bag on the plane.

I was a little worried about the 120 vs 240 voltage issue. I've seen desktops that have a switch in back that you can change from 120 to 240. I asked Dell whether the pc would have this switch and they said it has auto voltage and can take either. Is this like the "brick" that is on a laptop power cord that can take just about any type of electricity? If it is, I think it would be no problem to connect this pc to a monitor and speakers that I would buy in Korea.

If anyone knows of problems I'll have bringing a pc over here, please share.

I have thought about getting a new pc here in Korea. I find the Korean version of windows annoying. This could be my last year over here, the fact that I could easily take a small pc with me is nice. I don't want the hassle of selling a pc a year from now. I've looked at craigslist, and it seems like people want top dollar for a used pc.

Thanks for reading all this, and I appreciate any helpful advice.
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emacs



Joined: 08 Apr 2010

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Power-Supplies/181/2

http://www.froggie.sk/
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jackdaniels



Joined: 13 Feb 2008
Location: Korea

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hate to burst your bubble!
The Alienware x51 is pretty much the bottom of the barrel.
It would be ok for a casual gamer but beyond that over priced.

For instance if you found that the GT 545 wasn't enough for your games; no room at all for a decent upgrade.

Faster cards need a bigger case.
Faster cards will need a bigger power supply.

You can go here and see the latest Video card rankings.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
The GT 545 has the power from a card that is about 6 years old.
So the question is are the games you will be playing that old?
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kberger



Joined: 22 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those links are useful. Thank you.

My favorite game at the moment is League of Legends. In general, I stay away from trying out the newest games. For example, I still play Diablo 2. I won't pick up D3 unless some some expansion or patch comes out.
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