Can I run my Canadian PC in the UK

  hubie37 01:54 03 Feb 2007

I am possibly moving to the UK.

I would like to know how easy it is to adapt a Noth American PC to UK systems, or should I just buy a new PC in the UK.


  Belatucadrus 02:11 03 Feb 2007

You'll probably have to change the Power Supply Unit but it'll be worth having a look at the one you've got as some of them have voltage selector switches on.
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  hubie37 02:31 03 Feb 2007

Is that it? Do I have to change my NIC?

  Ben 216 02:52 03 Feb 2007

Not quite sure what you mean by NIC, but if you're refering to something like an external router and it has a power adapter with a round plug that goes into the router, you can just buy a UK power adapter with multiple DC outputs and plug in the one that's suitable.

I'm guessing Canada use ~110V mains? Alternitively, you could get a power transformer to step down the voltage from 230V to 110V and plug straight into that. You could also use one for your PC, but you have to check the power rating is sufficient and the higher power converters can be expensive, so it might be as cheap to swap the PSU.

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  spacecadet 02:58 03 Feb 2007

is nic a network card?

  hubie37 03:14 03 Feb 2007

Yes, NIC is a network card.

  Ben 216 03:25 03 Feb 2007

If it's an internal one you shouldn't need to change it as it'll be compliant to a worldwide stadard.

  hubie37 03:27 03 Feb 2007

That's great, thanks everyone.

  DAVEY D 08:01 03 Feb 2007

If your monitor is fed with electricity from your computer and you've got a voltage selctor switch on your PC then you should be okay.
If the monitor has its own mains plug, going directly into the wall socket, then you need to check if there is a voltage selector on the back of the monitor. Otherwise you will need a stepdown transformer for it.

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