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April 19, 2007 9:36:10 PM

ok i have been checking on everything for my pc but i have a concern about psu. I have my case, psu, hd, and burner. I have picked out a cpu, board, and grapgics card but im not sure if my psu will be enough. im not overclocking it and im not running sli.

EVGA 640-P2-N825-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card
C2Q Q6700 cpu 105w
nzxt Zero SERIES case
EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
NZXT PP500 ATX 12V V2.01 500W Power Supply
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L250R0 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA133 Hard Drive
PHILIPS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE interface (ATAPI) Model SPD2413BD
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ram

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April 19, 2007 10:06:59 PM

That psu has enough power for your build, but it's pretty low quality, low efficiency, no PFC, and its much more likey to die prematurely then a high quality unit. This psu is better in every respect.

The rest of the build looks good, but you might want to get a sata II drive instead, ATA133 is getting up there in age.
April 19, 2007 10:23:58 PM

thx i thought it was just wanted to make sure. i know some of the stuff is getting old but for the price i got it at im ok with that, i got that psu for $30, even if it didnt have enough i would have sold it for more than what i paid for it. if it breaks ill just get a new one thx for your help.
April 19, 2007 10:34:45 PM

When a psu dies there's always a chance it will take other components in the pc with it. So if it does break you might have to replace the mobo, gfx card, ect. as well.

I would never trust a $30 psu to run a $1500+ build.
April 19, 2007 10:44:27 PM

It's just one of those chances some people dont like to take... I'm sure we can find a few people on this forum that have had a $20-50 PSU take out their MB and or more when it blew.
I myself would not hook a nice new 8800GTS and 680i MB up to a $30 PSU cause when (sorry - if) it fires one or both of those I would be kicking myself. Just something to think about.

edit - apt403 beat me to it.
April 20, 2007 1:02:14 AM

ok i see what you are saying, it is 60 with a 30 rebate im going to look into returning it and getting a better one. should i be looking at the efficiency raiting. I got this psu because it is nzxt and it clears the small 80mm fan on the top of my case. what about this one psu
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