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August 3, 2010 5:09:43 AM

Hello,
I'm a new builder im not to sure if my new motherboard will work with this case here are ther specs Apex TX-381 Computer Case and a Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 Motherboard im not to sure if the power supply it came with will be compatible and fry mobo

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August 3, 2010 5:19:13 AM

yeah thats fine, its micro-ATX case, and a micro-ATX mobo so you should be fine. BTW what are the specs/brand of the power supply? It probably wont fry the mobo but its best to know for sure
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a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2010 5:22:13 AM

^ The PSU will work with the mobo, but it is not of good quality though...
Will you be using an discrete graphics card ?
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August 3, 2010 5:24:30 AM

What are you using the pc for? Itll be fine for surfing the net and maybe doing word processing, but you might want some higher quality tech if you want to do something more with it
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August 3, 2010 6:39:50 PM

no auctully ive read about the mobo and it makes a alright gaming machine ive seen it play crysis
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August 3, 2010 6:41:01 PM

and it doesnt say what psu it is
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a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2010 7:15:16 PM

Look at the label on the side of the PSU. It should tell you what the model is.
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a b V Motherboard
August 4, 2010 4:11:50 AM

8amps and 13amps on 12v1 and 12v2? :o  O My...... :pfff: 
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August 11, 2010 9:48:55 PM

is that a porblem
and also will a standard atx psu work with a micro atx board
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August 11, 2010 9:59:31 PM

here's the psu im going to be using DiabloTek PHD350 350-Watt Power Supply looks alright just not sure if standard psu will work with micro atx board
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a b V Motherboard
August 11, 2010 11:41:37 PM

Yes, a normal ATX power supply will work fine. It just needs to be able to fit inside your case. The current one is an ATX PSU, so any ATX replacement would work.

That DiabloTek isn't much better than what you currently have. It only has 1 12v rail @ 18amps. The PSU is one of the worst places to try and cut costs. I would recommend one of these:

OCZ 550w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 400w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 12, 2010 12:13:58 AM

yea i think imm gonna get a 400 watt to 500 watt for video card upgrades i have a few psus in mind Thermaltake PurePower 430-Watt Power Supply or Eagle ET-PSVTX550E-BK Voltas X 550-Watt ATX 12V Power Supply i might get a better case
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a b V Motherboard
August 12, 2010 12:49:26 AM

I would really advise you to stick with the better quality PSUs. The stated wattage doesn't matter all that much.

Here's a review of that Thermaltake. You may want to check it out before going with that.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-Pure...

The Eagle Tech PSU has all the power on the 5v rail. The 2 12v rails are weak.

I would strongly advise against both of them. The 2 I linked above are about the cheapest quality PSUs you can get.
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August 12, 2010 1:49:19 AM

so whats the 5v rail do and isnt the 12 volt for the optical drive and hdd
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a b V Motherboard
August 12, 2010 2:07:51 AM

The 5v rail was what older PSUs used to deliver the bulk of the power to systems. However, demand is much higher with modern systems, and the 5v rail can't put out the needed power to support it. That's why newer PSUs have switched to more power on the 12v rail.
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August 14, 2010 10:00:32 PM

so say i go with the eagle whats going to happen ?
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a b V Motherboard
August 14, 2010 10:44:41 PM

If you have a video card, it may not be enough to power the system. If you use onboard video, or a weak video card, it may be ok. That's assuming it doesn't blow up.
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August 14, 2010 10:52:28 PM

and it can blow up
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a b V Motherboard
August 14, 2010 10:52:31 PM

You're welcome. Good luck.
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