Here is my new config:
T bird 1.4 with Global Win CAK38 cooler
256DDR PC2100 Corsair
Radeon VIVO SE 64MB
MX 300 (vortex 2)
12x DVD rom (BTC)
US robotics PCI modem
Crappy 6.4GB (to be upgraded next
I need recomendation for case (ie power supply voltages for 3.3v and 5v) and any recommendation or links for fan installation to improve air flow are also appreciated. Regards
300W...that's what I read at MaximuPC mag but when I posted a similar question in the Rage3d forum everybody told me that I should look for nothing less than 350W and then mentioned that I should be careful with the 3.3v and 5v ratings.
300W is plenty. I'm sure that you could even get away with 250W, but that may be pushing it a little, and won't be too reliable if you want to add another hd, burner, etc.
Go for a 400W if you're gonna add a 70W peltier or something, but for most people, 400W is overkill.
Ne How Ma Shaolin,
My take on your situation is: GO BIG! Get a well made 350+ watt power supply. You will never doubt it was enough, and it will normally run cooler. Don't skimp on a PS for a T-bird. Yes, you could "get away with" using a 250w PS, but why would you want to just throw money away on a 250w PS, when down the road you find you need more stable power with the new devices that you have added to your system? Don't take my word for it, I too am on the road to enlightenment, in a game that I know that I cannot win.
I'm not 1/2 as smart as I think I am and less than 1% smart as I tell people I am.
Don't use <font color=red><b>Diamond's</font color=red></b> driver for your MonsterSound MX300. There is compatility problem between it and VIA Southbridge.
Use its <A HREF="http://www.vortexofsound.com/drivers/drivers.htm" target="_new"><b>Aureal reference driver</A></b> instead.
:smile: Good or Bad have no meaning at all, depends on what your point of view is.
Whatever power supply you use, be sure the outer cover has openings on 2 or 3 sides for moving some of the hot air out of your system. More open slots means it will run cooler. A good power supply may actually lower your temps 3-5 degrees.
Ok I've decide to go with the 350W just to be ready for future upgrades...now I still need to know what to look for in the 3.3v and 5v raitings. Someone told me that it is very importnant to have enough power for the 3.3v and 5v so any specific quantities will be helpful.