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Taking parts out of old computer and making a new one

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May 3, 2008 10:57:22 PM

I am Taking an old computer that has been laying around taking the motherboard out and using the rest of the components and building a new one.

I am putting in a
Video Card: MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail : $224.99

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail : $89.99

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail: $219.99

Ram: Crucial Technology
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail : 69.99

Total: ~595.96

Issues That I am having The power supply that i have found only goes up to 400W (ATX 12V Power Supply)
I dont know if i should step back to an e8400 processor instead of the Q6600 both for price reasons or because it would save some of the power i dont have. I am not at all familiar with mother boards and dont know if i am getting th best deal. Finally i am not sure about temperatures. I heard the Q6600 runs hotter.

Thanks for the help
May 3, 2008 11:08:13 PM

Yes, the q6600 runs hotter and consume more power. It's 4 65nm cores compared to 2 45nm cores in e8400. What are the 12v rail ratings on that 400w psu? It may not be enough.

Also, get more than 2gb of ram. Here's something cheap, ocs to 1066mhz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 3, 2008 11:18:15 PM

I am not entirely sure how to read the rail ratings but if i am looking at it correctly it is 12 V max load 16 A min load 2 A
May 3, 2008 11:21:53 PM

d0njuan87 said:
I am not entirely sure how to read the rail ratings but if i am looking at it correctly it is 12 V max load 16 A min load 2 A

Is there only 1 12v rail at that rating? Then it's far too low. Get a new psu.
May 3, 2008 11:35:37 PM

What is the difference between 1 and 2 rails i am not familiar at all. could you explain for me?
May 3, 2008 11:38:15 PM

d0njuan87 said:
What is the difference between 1 and 2 rails i am not familiar at all. could you explain for me?

It's more power, of course. :p 
May 3, 2008 11:42:55 PM

hmm looks like im going to have to dump this power supply and pick up a new one. :( 

Now the e8400 vs the q6600 stepping down to the 8400 would that save the power supply? i have alot of memories with the power supply and would hate to throw it away
May 3, 2008 11:47:31 PM

d0njuan87 said:
hmm looks like im going to have to dump this power supply and pick up a new one. :( 

Now the e8400 vs the q6600 stepping down to the 8400 would that save the power supply? i have alot of memories with the power supply and would hate to throw it away

If it's only 16amps, it's not enough even if you use e8400.
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May 3, 2008 11:54:01 PM

Could you give us the brand/part number? I have a feeling though that you will need a new one for the E8400 or Q6600.
May 3, 2008 11:58:19 PM

which psu would you recommend for my build? BFG Technologies
BFG Tech BFGR650PSU ATX 12v 2.0 / EPS 12V 650W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CE, FCC CLASS B - Retail would this one work it has an output of 20 amps and 2 rails.
May 4, 2008 12:08:56 AM

d0njuan87 said:
which psu would you recommend for my build? BFG Technologies
BFG Tech BFGR650PSU ATX 12v 2.0 / EPS 12V 650W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CE, FCC CLASS B - Retail would this one work it has an output of 20 amps and 2 rails.

The ampage is a bit low for 650w psu, but it should do fine.
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