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Will this be a wise upgrade for ~$700

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December 26, 2006 11:28:41 PM

i want an opinion on my upcoming upgrade/build
i currently have:
Pentium D 805 stock
Biostar P4M800-M7 mobo
1GB Kingston ValueRAM
GeForce 6800GS OC AGP
WD Caviar 80GB HD
and an Apevia/Aspire case with 420W ps and far too few connectors

im looking into getting the following parts
Core2Duo e6300
BIOSTAR TForce965PT Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 vc
CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
ePOWER ZU-550W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V 550W Power Supply with dual 12V rails 40.0Amp

what do you think?

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December 26, 2006 11:45:32 PM

Looks great, but E-Power psu's suck, you would be much better off with something like this, much better quality then the one your thinking about getting.


This FSP Group one is really good for the price, pretty much the best that you could get in the $50 price range, im fairly certain that it'll support your system, but i have to double check.
December 27, 2006 12:14:00 AM

why does everyone put down the ePower PSUs?
i have a friend that has 2 such units for over a year now and he is very pleased with their 40 amps and dual 12 vold rails
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December 27, 2006 12:20:01 AM

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why does everyone put down the ePower PSUs?


Because there low quality, there guts are junk, there just no good, some people have good experiences with them, but a higher quality psu from companys like Enermax, Antec, OCZ, Silverstone or PC P&C will always be better.

Apevia is pretty much the worst brand of psu that you could get.
December 27, 2006 12:35:10 AM

i will be buying everything through Newegg.com and that means a 1yr warranty on the PSU, plus a 3 yr limited warranty
December 27, 2006 12:37:53 AM

my friend just found an Antec PSU new in box and im curious if it would be sufficient

the specs are:
Antec SmartPower SP-350
dual 12V rails
28 total Amps
350W
24 pin connector
4 SATA
5 Molex
1 PCI-E

and i will only be using one harddrive and one optical drive so would this work?
December 27, 2006 12:52:29 AM

It might be, it technically has enough amps (the 1900gt only requires 25) but you need atleast 400w's. So you'll be cutting it extremely close, to close for comfort, get atleast a 450w psu.
December 27, 2006 1:33:39 AM

Ok well I prolly go with an antec I guess or that one you told me about but everything else looks good then?
December 27, 2006 2:15:41 AM

yep, besides the psu everything looks fine.
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