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July 5, 2006 7:20:54 PM

Hi guys/girls, this is my first post.

Just after a little advice.

Currently we have:-
Antec P180
Corsair Memory TWINX2048 - 3500LLPRO 2x1GB 184Pin DIMM PC3500
Zalman RESERATOR1-PLUS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB S300
WD Raptor 10000rpm
XFX Geforce 7950GX2 XT Edition 1GB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI
Asus A8N32-SLI-DELUX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+

So, I need a PSU and possibly willing change the motherboard.

Could anyone recommend a "quiet" PSU with enough oomph?
Any thoughts on the motherboard?

It's going to be a gaming plus development (.NET + SQL Server) pc.

Thank you very much in advance.

Regards
Lerrus
July 5, 2006 8:04:08 PM

Quote:
Hi guys/girls, this is my first post.

Just after a little advice.

Currently we have:-
Antec P180
Corsair Memory TWINX2048 - 3500LLPRO 2x1GB 184Pin DIMM PC3500
Zalman RESERATOR1-PLUS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB S300
WD Raptor 10000rpm
XFX Geforce 7950GX2 XT Edition 1GB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI
Asus A8N32-SLI-DELUX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+

So, I need a PSU and possibly willing change the motherboard.

Could anyone recommend a "quiet" PSU with enough oomph?
Any thoughts on the motherboard?

It's going to be a gaming plus development (.NET + SQL Server) pc.

Thank you very much in advance.

Regards
Lerrus


I had the Antec 550w 2.0 Sli ready in here. That unit has 19/19v dual 12v rails. It ran hot. I put in an Aspire 680w 22/24 12v and all is well. No more hot Antec PSU.
July 5, 2006 8:09:00 PM

And what about cable length reaching the top of the A8N32?

Cheers
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July 5, 2006 8:10:12 PM

Quote:
Hi guys/girls, this is my first post.

Just after a little advice.

Currently we have:-
Antec P180
Corsair Memory TWINX2048 - 3500LLPRO 2x1GB 184Pin DIMM PC3500
Zalman RESERATOR1-PLUS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB S300
WD Raptor 10000rpm
XFX Geforce 7950GX2 XT Edition 1GB DDR3 PCIE Dual DVI
Asus A8N32-SLI-DELUX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+

So, I need a PSU and possibly willing change the motherboard.

Could anyone recommend a "quiet" PSU with enough oomph?
Any thoughts on the motherboard?

It's going to be a gaming plus development (.NET + SQL Server) pc.

Thank you very much in advance.

Regards
Lerrus


Look at the Antec Truepower II 550W. Its $79 at Newegg assuming you are in the US. Free shipping too!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103931
July 5, 2006 8:19:21 PM

I'm in the UK. But thank you for the suggestions.
July 5, 2006 8:32:50 PM

Antec NeoHE 550W Modular ATX2.0 PSU SLI Ready

How's that? Any good? Says it's 18dB. Is modular good or bad?

Will it run dual core?

Thanks
July 5, 2006 8:33:13 PM

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Any thoughts on the motherboard?


I've got one that is working fine on a video editing box. Are you having any problems with yours? Do you want to OC? Do you need any more or other I/O capabilities?[/quote]
July 5, 2006 8:37:15 PM

Quote:
And what about cable length reaching the top of the A8N32?

Cheers


Probably depends on the dimensions of your case. I have the Antec 550w SLI. It has 19/19 dual 12v rails and one slow running exhaust fan. It ran extremely hot in my system. Very quiet and HOT. I would suggest a better PSU than the Antec 550w SLI with the dual core CPU you have and the video card. BTDT.
July 5, 2006 8:38:58 PM

I haven't been able to start building. Still stuck on which PSU to go for :) 

I'm concerned that the Asus' power connector is on the top of the board and the P180/P180B PSU sits in the bottom so I'll need something with a decent cable length as well as powerful enough and quiet. Maybe I ask too much :) 

Thanks
July 5, 2006 8:45:19 PM

Quote:
I haven't been able to start building. Still stuck on which PSU to go for :) 

I'm concerned that the Asus' power connector is on the top of the board and the P180/P180B PSU sits in the bottom so I'll need something with a decent cable length as well as powerful enough and quiet. Maybe I ask too much :) 


The OCZ Gamextremes are excellent power supplies and they have ample cable length.
July 5, 2006 9:00:59 PM

Lerrus, I have just bought a Antec P180 myself and bought an AKASA Power Plus 650 to go with it...only to find that it didn't fit! Argh!

So I bought a Antec True Power 550HE...(I thought...that's gotta fit being made by Antec, and it did!)...BUT...and according to overclockers.co.uk this is widely documented accorss the web (I could only find a few forums posts meself)...ANTEC PSU's don't like ASUS Mother boards, and I've got a ASUS P5W DH...and it doesn't work! The mother board lights come on but nothing powers up. Apparently it's to do with the ampage going to the CPU, so the motherboard refuses to boot (Everything works fine with the AKASA PSU - it's just I have to sit it on the floor outside the case...not quite what I want :oops:  ).

OC.co.uk have suggested two alternatives, the TAGAN 580W, or the Sparkle 600W. I havn't bought either yet, as I'm waiting for my refund from the ANTEC PSU before buying another but from what OC said, the Tagan's are pretty indestructable, and very reliable.

The P180 case is a stunner but bloody hell they don't give you much room for your PSU or cables!
:D 
July 5, 2006 9:06:25 PM

So how can you tell if a PSU is compliant with dual core?

Also, whether it'll fit. OC.co.uk do a Tagan, modular (keen to try this due to space restrictions).

Tagan Site

PDF Datasheet

The PSU is 150x86x160mm (WxHxD)


EDIT - The Standard Tagan 580W is 150x86x175...so the modular one should fit? :) 
July 6, 2006 2:11:15 AM

You can just get a 24 or 20 pin ATX power extension. I have an OCZ Modstream 520 W PSU and it didnt reach my mobo in the P180 case.. so i got an extension cable, works without a hitch.

Hope that helps! :) 
July 6, 2006 8:53:00 AM

I have gone for

Antec P180B Black Aluminium
Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon

Asus A8N32-SLI/Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800

Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3500LL Pro TwinX
150 GB Western Digital Raptor
500 GB Maxtor SATA

Asus Extreme 7950GX2

Zalman Reserator 1+ Water cooling kit incl CPU and VGA Water Block
Zalman ZM-NWB1 Northbridge Water Block (WC-004-ZA)
Zalman ZM-RF1 Reserator Fan Kit

Should all be here tomorrow. Treat myself to a Fujifilm S9500 digicam too. Retail therapy ROCKS!

Thank you for all of your help and advice.
July 6, 2006 11:34:19 AM

Quote:
I have gone for

Antec P180B Black Aluminium
Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon

Asus A8N32-SLI/Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800

Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3500LL Pro TwinX
150 GB Western Digital Raptor
500 GB Maxtor SATA

Asus Extreme 7950GX2

Zalman Reserator 1+ Water cooling kit incl CPU and VGA Water Block
Zalman ZM-NWB1 Northbridge Water Block (WC-004-ZA)
Zalman ZM-RF1 Reserator Fan Kit

Should all be here tomorrow. Treat myself to a Fujifilm S9500 digicam too. Retail therapy ROCKS!

Thank you for all of your help and advice.


Hot dog! That will keep you busy a while. Have fun!
July 6, 2006 6:42:41 PM

Lerrus, Let me know how the Tagan fits with the P180 would you? If it fits nicely I'll go for that one myself.
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