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July 26, 2010 10:52:28 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm planning to build an affordable gaming computer for the first time and I just wanted to know how much watts (power supply) I need to support my computer.

Here are the computer components that I am planning to buy:

Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm planning to buy a 500 W ATX power supply and I was wondering if this is too much or not enough power. Also will a ATX power supply fit in a micro ATX tower?

Here are the links for the micro ATX tower and the ATX power supply:

Tower- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 10:57:27 PM

ATX PSU will fit in a micro-ATX case.

The NewEgg fine print on open box items should concern you if you're getting a open-item motherboard:
Open Box Refund Only Return Policy
"If you purchase an Open-Box product Newegg guarantees only that you will receive the product itself; accessories MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCLUDED with Open-Box products. Newegg will not send you a missing accessory, even if the missing accessory is required in order to properly make use of all the product’s advertised functions."
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a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 11:04:20 PM

Corsair 400CX $30 after $20 rebate a bit less power but much better overall quality and after rebate less expensive. 3yr warranty vs 1yr for the Rosewill.
Most important it has enough power for all your parts and is a well reviewed and respected PSU.
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July 26, 2010 11:08:15 PM

Hmm... I never knew that. Well thank you for the short reply and the warning. So I definitely should get a brand new motherboard then right?
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a c 274 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 11:09:15 PM

^+1 WR2
good quality recommendation for the price.
Corsair and the open box advice.
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July 26, 2010 11:09:38 PM

Best answer selected by kuelee.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 11:10:33 PM

Im looking to see if I can find a NewEgg combo deal near the same price with a unopened box motherboard.
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July 26, 2010 11:21:28 PM

WR2 said:
Core i3 530 & ASUS P7H55-M PRO $180 after $30 discount is about $4 less than your original CPU/MB pair.


Thank You WR2. You've done more than enough of what I expected. Also thank you for the great suggestions. I definitely will consider of taking your suggestions.
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a c 139 ) Power supply
July 26, 2010 11:36:41 PM

This is interesting. A Cooler Master case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 $40 after rebate free shipping and $10 off promo code EMCYVNY48, ends 7/26.
Thats $30 a/r and free shipping. Vs $30 and $10 shipping for the other case.
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