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Advice on budget build - Need PSU and HDD

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August 4, 2010 7:05:37 PM

I'm getting ready to build a windows 7 system from some used parts. Here's what I have so far:

Rosewill RCX-Z80-AL CPU Cooler
OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 800 Mhz PC2 6400 2X2 GB
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3 GHz Windsor
ASUS M2A-VM REV 1.01G Socket-AM2 Motherboard
eVGA 8800 GTS PCI-E video card p/n:320-P2-N311-AR

I still need to find the right psu and hdd. I'm in Canada so, newegg.ca, ncix.com, tigerdirect.ca, and ebay.ca are my preferred vendors. The budget is as low ans reasonably possible.

Many thanks for reading my post. Any advice appreciated.
August 4, 2010 7:09:23 PM

You might want to check out the Corsair 550VX.
August 4, 2010 7:09:32 PM

I Would get a Corsair 550w psu, and for the hdd, get the Western digital Green series 500 hdd. At least that's what I would do.
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August 4, 2010 7:14:29 PM

At $88.00, for the corsair psu in Canada, I'd like to find something about $20 to $25 cheaper, if possible.
August 4, 2010 7:19:17 PM

Check out the Corsair VX 450W.. For hard drive I'll recommend a seagate baracuda 7200.12 500GB..
August 4, 2010 7:20:10 PM

That one is $61 plus shipping in Canada. The price is getting much better.
August 4, 2010 7:25:34 PM

What about this one?


It's only $58 plus ship AND a $20 mail in rebate.
August 4, 2010 7:28:40 PM

Obviously, I don't know much about power supplies, but is there a way to calculate power needs with these parts?
August 4, 2010 7:29:45 PM

Google power supply calculator, lots of online utilities to get a rough idea.
August 4, 2010 7:32:09 PM

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.
August 4, 2010 7:38:09 PM

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?
August 4, 2010 7:43:53 PM

450 to 500 will do, just make sure you get a reputable brand!
August 4, 2010 7:43:56 PM

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.
August 4, 2010 7:50:15 PM

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.
August 4, 2010 9:42:24 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
August 5, 2010 2:47:42 AM

Thank for the post so far. I'm zeroing in.
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