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Computer hardware and 120/220 Voltage

by rainbowforest / January 14, 2009 11:32 AM PST

My parents live in Europe and their desktop computer has power supply that obviously runs on a different voltage than my desktop here in the US. I have some extra RAM and graphics card that I was thinking of bringing and installing into their desktop but now I am not sure if that would work because of the voltage difference. Or perhaps it doesn't matter?

I would appreciate some input. I wouldn't want to bring all that stuff with me for nothing ....

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Swapping components
by Jonmor68 / January 14, 2009 1:01 PM PST

the mains voltage is not relavent to what you want to do.
Ram video cards and drives run off low voltage coming from the power supply, so can be exchanged.

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Shouldn't have any problems.
by jturner1970 / January 17, 2009 10:15 PM PST
In reply to: Swapping components

The PC's power supply transformer (power supply for short) handles whatever juice it is designed to have coming in so as to convert it to the 12 and 5 volt plug adapters coming from it to the interior components of the PC. No worries there, but more importantly, findout their motherboard specs to ensure what you are bring is compatible with the particulars of the board you will be installing them on (I bet my next paycheck you already have done that though, just a reminder, lol)

Have a safe trip.

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by rainbowforest / January 18, 2009 3:21 AM PST

Yup, I already checked the specs and it's actually the same motherboard that I have so no problems there.

I kinda figured the voltage might not make a difference on individual components on the motherboard but just wanted to make sure.

Thank you again.

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