Computer power consumption

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    Computer power consumption

    Hello people,
    I need your opinions about following problem.
    I have bought new graphics card. In its documentation I found that it requires 400 W power supply. My power supply unit is about 350 W. When I start a movie in windows media player (movie is on hard drive), computer restarts, but when I play games (many of them have great requirements such as CPU GHz, hard drive pace and simular) nothing happens. My question is:
    does playing video require more power than new game? At first I thought that hard drive is bigger consumer, so when I start playing movie from hard disk, power lack cause system's restarts, but how to know for sure if this is true.
    Do you know which components require more power?
    Also if a video file is played from hard disk, is there more hdd activity than when I play game?
    Thanks
    Last edited by Micko; 11-07-2006 at 08:31 AM.
    Gotta love the "please fix this for me, but I'm not going to tell you which functions we're allowed to use" posts.
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    I would suggest this.

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    Thank you, but I would also like to learn why restarts are happening only when try to watch movies and not when playing games.
    Gotta love the "please fix this for me, but I'm not going to tell you which functions we're allowed to use" posts.
    It's like teaching people to walk by first breaking their legs - muppet teachers! - Salem

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