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April 26, 2005 6:02:55 PM

When I bought my case it had this PSU:

Raidmax KY-520ATX 420W

+3.3V (26A), +5V (32A), +12V (13A), -5V (0.5A), -12V (0.8A), +5Vsb(2A).

This PSU has worked fine for me but I've seen here at THGC that the PSU is one of the most important pieces of a PC and I want to know if it was any good, and what would be a recommended inexpensive PSU.

My system specs are:
RAIDMAX 668WBP Black Aluminum Gaming Case
ASUS K8V SE DELUXE Socket 754 VIA K8T800 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor eVGA GeForce 5600FX Video Card
(2)KINGMAX 512MB 184-Pin DDR Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200)
NEC ND-3520A BK DVD burner
1 SATA 80Gb HDD
1 IDE 160Gb HDD
2 IDE 200Gb HDD

Thanks in advance!

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April 28, 2005 3:35:53 AM

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and what would be a recommended inexpensive PSU.

Almost a contradiction in terms there.

If what you have has been working you are probably okay...especially if you don't plan on adding anymore hardware for awhile. You could probably add another optical and still be okay.

Get a monitoring program such as MBM5 or use the one that came with your mobo and keep tabs on any fluctuations that occur. If they start to flucuate more than say 5% either way then you may want to start looking into a new unit.

If you feel you just gotta have one try the Fortron Blue Storm 500W

....WW (5.1)
May 1, 2005 2:22:54 AM

dunklegend,

13Amps on the +12V line look very low for your config. <A HREF="http://takaman.jp/D/?M=PbQDQbd@de@dSCgXKT5UzXAYbZAZbvHF..." target="_new"> takaman's Power Supply Calculator</A> I tried to get as close to your config as I could with your posted info. Also, Raidmax isn't exactly on the top of anybody's PSU must have list (except maybe their own). Whatever you do, don't OC your rig, you may push it over the edge.

The Fortron Source PSU recommened earlier would be a good choice.

"Nuke em till they glow, shoot em after dark"
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