When I do video encoding on my computer, it would just restart itself. When I just surf the net or burn a CD its fine. I'm think its because my psu isn't powerful enough, but I just want to make sure its not my cpu.
My system specs:
Generic AMD approved 300w PSU
Soltek SLDRV5 KT333
ATI Radeon AIW 8500DV
Linksys NIC Card
Pioneer A05 DVD-RW
Asus 24x CDRW
IBM gxp120 80gig HD
Soundblaster Live Value
Hp USB mouse
That system is virtually identical to one of mine. I do a lot of encoding on it. The main difference between our two is the power supply (what a surprise). I've got a 431W Enermax, though I think a good 350W will still work for you.
Something else to remember about ANY electronic power supply. You need to run a power supply that supplies 40-50% MORE used energy then you are using, power supply problems with the components can result when you stress the system toward the max. Its the way the system works in any electric/electronis system , alway get more then you think you need.
Oh, I forgot to list those. I don't think its a big factor anyway because I only use one 80mm 2xxx rpm fan in the back of my case.
I am currently choosing a new power supply and would like some advice / recommendations.
I know that Enermax, Antec and Vantec make good PSU's but they are on the expensive side. I want some feedback on the following brands.