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I need some help with the power supply calculator

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October 1, 2011 3:45:25 PM

I looked at the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator( and I don't know if my motherboard ( would qualify and a "High End - Desktop" motherboard or a "Regular - Desktop" motherboard? Also does a 7200 rpm sata drive qualify as "regular sata" or "high rpm"? Finally would the fans that came with my antec 300 case be "regular" or "high performance" fans

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October 1, 2011 3:53:25 PM

Since this is an estimation tool, I would always choose the higher power consuming answer just in case. So, I would use...

High-end Desktop for the motherboard
7200rpm is regular sata, 10,000rpm is high rpm
those fans are regular

It's always good to go a little higher than the PSU calculator suggest anyways, and that covers little things like this too. =) For example, if it says 523W then go with a 550W or 600W. I went with a 850W when it recommended 550W or so (much more than enough) and I'm glad because I am upgrading to a second card and dont have to worry! It's all up to you!
October 1, 2011 5:04:26 PM

so what would be the difference between high performance and regular fans?
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October 1, 2011 5:07:43 PM

ones that operate at some seriously high rpms lol

the fan type doesnt really matter much, but I dont think any fans that come stock are high performance