Hi all, this topic might have been visited in other threads previous, but I couldn't find any specifics on my question after reading through a couple of other related threads.
My trusted Athlon XP 2000+ system finally gave in last weekend after almost 4 years, and I needed to build a replacement fast. I'm shooting to order everything by today so that I can put it together this weekend. Rearching since Monday on many trusted sites and I've picked the majority of the components but I'm still very stumped on Power Supply. Here are what I've picked.
I'm going to salvage the Lian Li case, 2 more HD, 1 DVD-rom, 1 DVD-RW rom, and the SB Audigy sound card from the old computer. (I suspect the old Asus MB is what's broken)
My question is since I plan to use the pci-e video card, can I use the seasonic S12-430? I've read some posts that says people didn't mind not having the 6 pin connector, because they can just use a adaptor or 2 HDD connectors. I guess not having done this in a while and don't have all the parts in front of me, I want to make sure that it is in fact doable. And is so, what is this connector/adaptor and where can I get it?
The seasonic website says that they don't ship the 430 with the connector because pci-e vid card are going to show up mainly in SLI rigs which will require a power supply at least 450W. I don't plan to do a SLI set up since my days of playing WarCraft are no longer here, but I want to stick with a pci-e video card to keep that game playing option open.
I really don't want to go up to the S12-500, because it's way more expensive ($120 on newegg), my original budget for power supply was around $60-80, I rather spend the extra bucks on upgrading the CPU to a 3500+ or 3700+, or getting more memory.
Or should I get one of the Antec TP II 450W or SP 2.0 450W, which are in the $60-80 range? My hesitation here is all these reviews about Antec being unreliable lately. Besides the Seasonic S12 has much better reviews accross the board both on noise level and efficiency.
antec PSU are perfectly reliable. i have been running an antec neopower 480 for about 2.5 months with a 7800gt and an amd 3700 and been through several electrical storms and this PSU is fine. so dont hesitate to go with antec , plus if it is under warranty there really isnt much to worry about.
if you dont plan on going sli then you can save yourself a bit of money and get a single PCI-e board like the asus a8n-e.
if you do plan on gaming everyon seems to be raving about the 6800gs so you might want to check that out
Don't play all that much anymore, maybe WarCraft 3 or Sims once in a while. But I want to keep the option open in case a cool game comes up in the future.
This set up will mostly be used for just basic stuff, plus burning music/dvds, and photo editing etc. I would say I want a system optimized to handling multitasking, I tend to have a bunch of stuff running at the same time, and I notice my old Athlon XP before it died, sometimes it's dragging.
if you are just doing stuff like that then go with the amd 3200. my old computer has a 754 amd 3000 and an ati 9800pro and that thing can run bf-2 on medium. Plus if you plan on upgrading your cpu in the near futur then you may as well save some money and spen on something else (if it were me i would get a bigger hard drive).