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Topic # 30679 17-Feb-2009 18:46
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does anyone know where nz computer part shops buy their new zealand computer power supplies from? because i was thinking of buying a computer from the usa but the power supply would use the american input and cord, so once i bring the computer into nz i would need a new zealand power supply, and i know i can just buy a computer case that would come with a nz power supply, but i would just like to find out where nz computer shops buy their nz power supplies from?

and are the usa power supplies inside a computer case the same size as nz power supplies in computer cases, so will my nz power supply fit and screw into a usa computer case?


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  Reply # 196423 17-Feb-2009 23:33
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NZ mains power is 230V at 50hz
US mains power is 120V at 60hz

Most modern PSU's automatically handle the different thesedays.  Older PSU's you just flick a switch on the back between 120V and 230V (while it's off and before you plug it in obviously).  All you should have to change is the the power cord and maybe a switch on the back.

Given the cost of international shipping and the weakness of the exchange rate I highly doubt you would be better off buying a whole computer from the US at this time (or ever).  Also what happens if/when something breaks it's a massive pain to send things back for warranty/repair.  What are you planning to get anyway?

If I was you I would just decide on the max you want to spend get Computer Lounge or any other decent NZ computer store to create the best system possible that fits within that budget.

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  Reply # 197442 23-Feb-2009 14:08
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does anyone know where nz computer part shops buy their new zealand computer power supplies from? because i was thinking of buying a computer from the usa but the power supply would use the american input and cord, so once i bring the computer into nz i would need a new zealand power supply, and i know i can just buy a computer case that would come with a nz power supply, but i would just like to find out where nz computer shops buy their nz power supplies from?

and are the usa power supplies inside a computer case the same size as nz power supplies in computer cases, so will my nz power supply fit and screw into a usa computer case?



You can buy standard PSU's without having to buy the entire case from most computer stores. They generally purchase them from the various wholesalers (Ingram Micro, Renaissance, VST, Dove, Zcom, etc), but some stores purchase their own parts directly from factories/overseas wholesalers.

Providing the PC you purchase in the US can fit a standard ATX power supply you should have no problems sourcing a replacement in NZ.

For what its worth thou if you really want an overpriced gaming rig (making an assumption based on your username here) check out www.alienware.co.nz, or as Ragnor suggested save yourself some money, and alot of hassle and get one built custom spec by a decent NZ store.




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