is this PSU big enough?

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  1. nicklovgren

    nicklovgren The only thing that really worried me was the ethe

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    i'm building a new puter and just ordered the case and mobo?
    the antec case comes with a Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-400 ATX12V 400W
    but i was thinking of buying a Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W (which is on sale at gay compusa for only $50.00)

    An asus A8N5X
    and i'm getting a
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
    2 GB Ram (whatever is the cheapest)
    1 Seagate 200GB HD
    3 74GB WD Raptors running on a Netcell raid card
    dvd burner
    and dvd rom

    maybe water cooled too
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    don't get an antec aftermarket psu... fortron has cost effective power supplies, as does some of the enermax units.
     
  3. nicklovgren

    nicklovgren The only thing that really worried me was the ethe

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    i have always heard good things about antec psus
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    They are good, but Forton units are cheaper and just a better powersupply.
     
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    Bigsnake OT Supporter

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    Here's what I've been wondering... How do you decide how big of a power supply you need for your computer?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    you hang out in the wrong channels, then. The 350w units included with entry-level cases are decent for entry-level PCs. The 380W units sold in the Sonata cases are quite good -- the only Antec PSU I would own, in fact. However, I would never pay for an Antec PSU in the box. I would much rather spend the money on Enermax.
     
  7. nicklovgren

    nicklovgren The only thing that really worried me was the ethe

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    ok ok i see :eek3: you guys feel really strongly on the fact that antec psu's suck.....do you hate there cases too?


    so i should buy a enermx
    and money isn't really a problem as you can see with how much i'm spending i just want a really good power supply.....
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    well, if money is no object PC Power & Cooling makes the best power supplies. But Enermax comes in cheaper.

    The only antec case I really like from Antec is the Sonata... Otherwise, I recommend Lian Li or Silverstone for cases. TJ04 is nice, as is TJ06.
     
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    nicklovgren The only thing that really worried me was the ethe

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    someone once had a site that said the best power supplies....i wish i still remember it
     
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    Bigsnake OT Supporter

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    I've been running an enermax 6 years now without any problems at all. I'll probably keep using this one too and would buy another if I needed a more powerfull unit
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    My spare computer has an antec true power 350 watter, running a supermicro scsi motherboard, with 3 10k scsi drives, a cd burner, floppy,
    256mb video card, and it's never skipped a beat. The only thing that really requires serious power is top gun video cards. So I think it all boils down to what video card you are running, which you didn't say.
    Everybody is mentioning Enermax and they are top shelf, but so are
    Coolmax, Silverstone, Thermaltake, and yes, Antec psu's 480/550 watters are also top shelf.
    If you are talking bang for the buck, I would say either Enermax, or the Antecs.
     
  12. nicklovgren

    nicklovgren The only thing that really worried me was the ethe

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    the cheapest pci-e card that supports dual monitors.....
    so nothing special
     
  13. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    Actually most people overkills by a mile, it's like a dick measuring contest. Although I am not sure what's the most accurate way of doing this, I do know that APC software tells you how much power you're drawing from it. :dunno:
     

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