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Old 02-02-2006, 10:31 PM   #1   [permalink]
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Power Supplies

I'm using a computer with these specs:

2.4gig processor
GeForce FX 5700 LE
1.25 gigs RAM
and a bunch of other interesting crap...

My problem is, my power supply is going/has gone bad and I can't get a straight answer as to what power supply I need to purchase. I want something great that will have a long as hell life and run nice and cool. Anyone got any suggestions?
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:34 PM   #2   [permalink]
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i bought a 630watt for 25bucks,
2.8 p4
1g ram
rad 9600xt
ONE THING TO WATCH OUT FOR IS THE # OF OUTLETS IT HAS. WASNT CAREFUL WITH MINE, so i had to get a bunch of splitters.
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:44 PM   #3   [permalink]
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I would strongly strongly strongly encourage you to spend at least $50 on a power supply by a reputable company. Antec, Seasonic, Fortron Source, etc.

This guide is very helpful.

Seasonic are, in my opinion, the highest quality PSUs available. they are very quiet, which means they are cool and efficient as well. You will pay for quality, though, to the tune of $70 or more.
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I wouldn't buy a 630 watt PSU unless you really need that much power, otherwise you're just wasting money on electricity being drained from your outlet.
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Originally Posted by Hiigaran
I would strongly strongly strongly encourage you to spend at least $50 on a power supply by a reputable company. Antec, Seasonic, Fortron Source, etc.

This guide is very helpful.

Seasonic are, in my opinion, the highest quality PSUs available. they are very quiet, which means they are cool and efficient as well. You will pay for quality, though, to the tune of $70 or more.
i.e. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151025

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I'd look around some more, some of the reviews claim the lemon rate of that model is pretty high.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:43 PM   #7   [permalink]
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a power supply is one of the cheapest pc components and can be re-used in your next system. so get a good one!
i would suggest you don't need any more 350 watts for your system, but i'd suggest you buy a quality model from good company, rated at ~500 watts and you'll be set for the next 5 years of nerdism.


my system for the past ~20 months without any crashes/glitches :

antec truepower 430 (was au$115, now sell for au$120!!):
p4 3.0 ghz (was au$320, now worth au$~200?)
9600xt @ 350/525 mhz (was au$300, now sell around au$150)
4 hdd (use more juice than you might think)
2 burners
7 case fans (it's hot here)

my brother runs an SLI system (only 2x 6600gt) on a 480 watt antec neo without any troubles.

dual 12v rails is definately a good idea.

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I wouldn't bother touching a power supply over 450 watts unless you either have video cards in SLI or a serious RAID setup. it just isn't necessary.
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