A computer I'm upgrading has an inexpensive Enlight case with a 250w power supply, so I've got to at least upgrade the PS. It's a mid-tower case, but I have no idea if it would accommodate a newer PS, as it's not as deep and wide as my own Antec Sonata case. Should I look for a new ATX case with a decent PS or just put a new PS in the Enlight case?
I figure a newer case would be better for airflow and front USB ports at the very least.
The PC is going to be running a P4 3.0c 800fsb Northwood on an Abit IS7-E motherboard. I'll use its onboard audio for now since we're starting out with those little Dell speakers that attach to the bottom of their LCD monitors, but I may put the SB Live! to use if/when we upgrade to a powered 2.1 or more setup. At first only one hard drive will be put in but I'd anticipate up to 3 HDs in the future. It'll also have at least a DVD-ROM and DVD-RW drive, a Radeon 9800Pro and a wireless NIC. How many watts do I need to power that configuration?
Among those three I would go for the Sonata II. What I'd do is put the new rig in the Sonata and Place your rig in the SF201T with the Enermax EG565P that I linked in the other thread. After s/h it is only $35 more
"<i>Among those three I would go for the Sonata II. What I'd do is put the new rig in the Sonata and Place your rig in the SF201T with the Enermax EG565P that I linked in the other thread. After s/h it is only $35 more.</i>"
I think I must've gotten to the wrong place, because when I clicked on your links I got to the following:
I just read that the tolerances of the TruePower PS in the Sonata are tighter than the tolerances of the SmartPower PS in the Sonata II. So what would I be better off with - a 380W TruePower or the 450W SmartPower?
I'm leaning toward the TruePower, which I believe will still give me more than I need.