Don't know which power supply to order.

Ok so I am looking to build my first "Dream Machine". I have all the parts I want to put in and I know how to build it, I just need to know what kind of power supply I will need to handle all of this. Here are the specs:

MotherBoard: BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Case: APEVIA X-TELSTAR-BL

Video Card: BIOSTAR V9603GT52 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD Drive (optical drive): ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T

OS: Dunno if you need this.. but if it helps... Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 English for System Builders 1 Pack CD - OEM


Ok so can anyone tell me how big of a power supply I will need? The one I had picked out was a APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply but I don't know if that will be enough power. Also while you're at it could you please tell me if any of that stuff is incompatible with each other? I have decent tech knowledge but I don't know the specifics enough to know if all of this will work together. So any high level tech or tech that knows what they are talking about, help me please.

Thank you
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  1. I'd say go for a 750W power supply to give yourself plenty of headroom for future upgrades. A reputable brand like PC Power & Cooling would be perfect.

    As far as everything else goes... it looks good. The P43 chip in the motherboard is getting a bit old but is still pretty good.

    If you're not set on that video card I'd recommend reading http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-graphics-card,review-31197.html first. The ATI 4850 and 4870 are probably the best cards around at the moment without spending a fortune, and going with ATI would give you the option to go with a multi-card Crossfire configuration in the future, but you wouldn't be able to use SLi, as it's an Intel chipset
  2. hmmm ...the P43 chipset is brand new... and for the power supply... go with a better brand like Pc power & Cooling a Corsair, Seasonic, Antec... and 550w-650w range is more than enough for your build. Your build wont even need 300 watts. But getting a more powerfull is not bad, since the power supply will run farter from his max capacity and that mean less heating from the power supply, so the fan speed needed to cool down the power supply will be lower wich in the end will make you happy because the noise coming from the power supply fan will be low.
  3. pc power and cooling
  4. For a better graphic card at $10 more after rebate try this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125224
    for a better graphic card at same price or $20 cheaper after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121263
    for power supply for your system a Corsair 450w is fine $75 or $60 after rebate]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
    for RAM get
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
  5. More power than you need right now, but a STEAL at that price.

    PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W

    Original Price: $199.99
    You Save: $90.00
    $109.99
    $79.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate
  6. Thank you for all the informative posts guys.. I'm looking into modifieing my computer with your ideas in mind.. but one question.. all the videos cards that you mentioned Dirt and Kraynor.. is this one better? GeForce 8600GT PCI-E 1GB GDDR2 DUAL DVI.. because I get a pretty sweet deal from where I work with this one.. I only end up paying $108.88.. would the ones you suggested be better or this one?

    Ok updated specs:

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

    BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

    APEVIA X-TELSTAR-BL Blue/ Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer CaseNo Power Supply

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply

    MSI N9600GT 512M OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    500GB IBM SATA II - 7200RPM

    MS WINDOWS XP PRO - OEM

    LITEON 20X DVD+/-RW LIGHTSCRIBE SATA BOX

    A4T MEDIAWEB DESKTOP ZOOM WLS KBD & MSE

    Feedback please :P
  7. The 450w Corsair dirtmountain suggested is plenty for your system.As for the graphics card, stay away from 8600 GT and go for a 9600 GT.
  8. No, the 8600GT is actually a pretty weak card, here's a very handy chart that shows the relative power of graphic cards
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,1987-6.html
    and that is a very nice find by Zorg on the power supply
  9. kagerou said:
    The 450w Corsair dirtmountain suggested is plenty for your system.As for the graphics card, stay away from 8600 GT and go for a 9600 GT.
    That VX450 is a nice PSU and plenty, but with the ridiculous sale on the 610 he would have to be insane not to get it. Even without the rebate it is a killer deal.
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