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July 11, 2010 9:31:30 PM

Hey guys this is my first time building a rig, just wanted to ask what size power supply i'd need??

this is what iv'e picked out so far, and I need room for a graphics card later too.

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM

Would I need an after market cpu cooler for this setup? do these components throw any red flags up to experienced builders? I'll be using this setup for htpc and gaming, but only light duty...

any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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a b ) Power supply
July 11, 2010 9:38:04 PM

Seems a pretty solid build to me...looks like you've definitely done your homework. I can't really recommend a PSU until you have chosen a GPU though since the GPU is the most power-hungry component in a modern system. You may find Tom's article on the Best Graphics Card for the Money - July 2010 useful for choosing your GPU is you're not sure:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-radeon-hd-geforce-...

Let us know what you have in mind and we can help you choose.
a c 164 ) Power supply
July 11, 2010 9:38:41 PM

oh my god, every part you picked is wrong! your PC will explode with those parts!!!

just kidding

the parts look good. make sure you get a PSU that can handle any video card you decide on. microcenter is selling the CoolerMaster 212+ for $20, it a fantastic price for a HSF that cools better then the stock AMD and makes far less noise.

plus the athlon II x3 440 is made to be over clocked
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July 11, 2010 9:54:32 PM

After looking at toms hardware suggestions I probly would pick the Radeon HD 4850 512 MB can't see myself spending much more than that, at least for my first build.

with that in mind?
a c 164 ) Power supply
July 11, 2010 10:02:31 PM

check out the corsair 400w, it peaks at 490w and will easily run your 4850.

for more power the corsair 450w, it peaks at 575w.
July 11, 2010 10:32:17 PM

More important than amount is the brand. Any 400w from a good brand will run that system very nicely.
July 11, 2010 10:36:46 PM

What are some good brands beside corsair, antec??
a c 164 ) Power supply
July 11, 2010 10:57:18 PM

xfx, seasonic (they make corsair, antec, and xfx PSU).

ocz offers some budget priced models.
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