I built only one computer in my life about 3 years ago so basically treat me as a total noob.
Well I need to figure out what power supply I will need for my new system I am building. While it has taken some time to get to this point the prices are dropping on some parts and I may be able to go with a higher end part by the time everything is said and done. So I will list the parts I have chosen so far and give the option of what I may get if the price keeps dropping into my budget range.
First off I am getting the DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard.
I am planning on going with the AMD Athlon 64 3500 Venice but if the price drops more or a special happens I may go with the AMD Athlon 64 3700 San Diego.
I am looking at going with a MSI Geforce 6800GT but if I can scrape enough together I might go with even a MSI Geforce 7800GT.
Memory is still up in the air atm due to having to figure out what is compatible with the board I am getting. But at least 1 gig (2X512MB) if not 2 gig (2X1gig) is my plan.
Now the thing with this board is the fact it has only x3 3-pin fan headers (one each for the CPU, chipset, as well as one free header). I might be screwed when it comes to the number of fans I can have in my system, (remember I am noob so I have no clue).
I know the manual for the board says it is strongly recommended for a minimum of a 400W or greater power supply.
Back when I built my system I remember hearing that it was better to not to push your power supply and to always get more then what you need. What range should I be looking at realistically for a power supply?
I know I will need a 24-pin and a 4-pin to connect to my motherboard are these standard for all power supplies or is there something I have to look for something specifically?
Is there any real value of getting a two-fan power supply over a one fan?
Are there any recommendations for power supplies by brand, (considering a tight budget of course)?
Well I guess I will start off with this and add more as it comes up. Thank you in advance for any and all replies.
Well with the only response I have gotten so far I have to assume I need something at the 500W+ range for a power supply.
I still don?ft know if a dual fan power supply is any better over all compared to a single fan power supply. But considering a dual was suggested and that is what I have in my system atm, I will probably favor the dual fan design.
I figured out from the suggestion I got and by some more reading I have to get an ATX12V type power supply.
So from what is available at newegg.com for $90 or less are there any suggestions other then the Enermax? Anyone have experience with any of the others that are there?
Thanks for any suggestions; I just want to have a few to choose from if possible is all.
Only thing that gets me a little worried is that it adjusts input voltage automatically. I have noticed that not being a regular thing on most power supplies. Could that be an issue or is that a feature to be happy with?