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Building first system, need help w/power supply

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January 26, 2007 1:40:51 AM

Want to build it my self. Have picked out parts but not sure on the power supply. Not a gamer, more internet, Office type stuff, multi media, kid games for my 11yr old daughter. Cost so far is $833 @ Tiger Direct.

Here is a list of the goods:

MSI 975X Platinum Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard / Audio / PCI Express / Gigabit LAN / S/PDIF / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Serial ATA / RAID

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz / 2MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Dual-Core / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor

ThermalTake Jungle 512 / Socket 775 / Intel Prescott / Copper Core / CPU Cooling Fan

Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz EPP Memory

Seagate / Barracuda 7200.9 / 160GB / 7200 / 8MB / SATA-300 / OEM /
Hard Drive

DiabloTek Radeon X700 Super / 512MB DDR2 / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / TV-Out / Video Card

Sony DRU830A / 18x DVD±R Burn / 16x DVD±R Read / 8x DVD+RW / 6x DVD-RW / 8x DVD±R DL / 12x DVD-RAM

Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Audio Ports and Touch-Sensitive Controls w/ 1 - 120mm front and 2 - 80mm rear fans

The video card recomends 350w ps but do I need one with plugins for the 3 fans as well? I saw some with the 120mm but nothing about the 80mm's.

From what I have read here you people know your stuff, so any advice would be helpfull.

Thanks...
January 26, 2007 2:03:46 AM

As you are unsure about the psu, This will help. :wink:
January 26, 2007 2:07:01 AM

well, i recommend fsp stuff, other people will recommend other stuff. for what you've got there though, i dont think you need anything too hefty. 600 watts will more then do fine. i say 600 because generally speaking, 500 watt psu's dont have enough amps on the 12V rails.

this one is 550 watts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

that psu 101 link above is an excellent resource. check it out.
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January 26, 2007 2:12:58 AM

First, you can get Y-splitters for more fan connections.. just depends on if your fans are 3 or 4 pin connectors.. fans don't use much power so don't let that be a factor into your power supply choice.

You're going to hear quite a bit of talk about power supplies.. if you're not overclocking the machine, you won't need more than 400W. See for yourself:
http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Also, you should probably consider going with 2x512MB memory instead of one 1GB stick.. dual-channel mode is nice, and your motherboard has two more slots if you want an upgrade later.
January 26, 2007 10:07:33 AM

silencer - not interested in overclocking and the memory is 2 sticks. I reasearched the dual channel memory. Thanks for the calculator link. It say's I need a min of 200w.

pottymonster - thanks for your input. Will keep an eye on amps thur the rails.

Everett - excellent link, to much info for this early in the am, will read thru after work.

Thanks to all who replied. I reasearched all other parts but did not realize psu was such an important piece of the pie.

Thanks again...
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