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Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller

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Chapter 18. Power Supplies

The Power Supply

The power supply is not only one of the most important parts in a PC, but it is unfortunately also one of the most overlooked. The power supply, in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield, gets no respect! People spend hours discussing their processor speeds, memory capacity, disk storage capacity and speed, video adapter performance, monitor size, and so forth, but rarely even mention or consider their power supply. When a system is put together to meet the lowest possible price point, what component do you think the manufacturer skimps on? Yes, the power supply. To most people, the power supply is a rather unglamorous metal box that sits inside their systems, something to which they pay virtually ...

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