Obviously, I don't know much about power supplies, but is there a way to calculate power needs with these parts?
Google power supply calculator, lots of online utilities to get a rough idea.
Right now on TigerDirect they have a Western Digital Cavair Blue 500gb SATA HDD for 39.99. I am actually thinking of ordering it to replace the Barracuda that went bad in my PC.
Thanks the newegg psu caculator says I'm looking at 412w.
Does this mean a psu between 450 and 550 will do the trick or should there be more headroom than that?
450 to 500 will do, just make sure you get a reputable brand!
550w would be a good point to aim for then, you do not want to run close to a PSU's limites for extended periods of time.
Is there any reason not to go to say, 650W, if I find a great price? I'm not sure if, in general, I'd be better off with a 500w and buy the best one I can afford or opt for more watts and better upgradability.
This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey