Just ordered my new system off NewEgg...

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  1. Jeff Merr

    Jeff Merr Elite Member

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    ATX Midtower case w/ 400w Power supply
    AMD Athlon 64 bit 3000+
    512mb Mushkin DDR-3200 ram
    80GB 7200rpm 8mb Cache HD
    Gigabyte GA-K8NS motherboard with NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset (8X AGP)
    Nvidia Gforce FX 5700 Ultra
    Sony 54x-24x-48x CD Burner

    ...im pretty siked to get it and start putting it together. And before anyone asks, i went with a 80gb HD because my 40gb one is about 35% full right now. But i think this system will kick ass once i build it. Total was $480 shipped to my doorstep.
     
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    thats a damn good price for all that, especially with the amd 64
     
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    why did you choose gigabyte?

    You WILL want a new powersupply. I recommend sparkle or Enermax.
     
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    www.pcpowerandcooling.com

    they are the best PSU you can buy
     
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    Too pricy, I heard good things about them though....

    Maximum PC seems to like them a lot, but then again, this magazine had gone down hill, it's nothing like boot :wtc:
     
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    AccidenT Remember I will always love you, as I claw your fu

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    I'd personally want another 512MB of RAM :dunno:
     
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    512MB of RAM is sufficient for most users.
     
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    i got the gigabyte because everyone rated it 5/5. It got really good reviews and i talked to some people and they said that is a nice motherboard. So do you think the power supply wont handle the stuff im running? i thought 400w would be enough, even though its generic.
     
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    Kelvin96GSR OEM>YOU

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    I'm confused how'd you get it for that price? I"m seeing the motherboard for $199 and the 64 3000 at $190

    or did the rest of the stuff only cost $100 more which dosen't seem plausable to me
     
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    that "400w" generic MIGHT do 350W of dirty power... MAYBE.

    Take a look at the specs on the psu (if they even publish them) and check the current raitings on the various rails -- specifically the +12V rail(s).

    If it's only got 1 +12V rail, which is common, then don't get it -- it's gonna be a bad psu. Also check that it's got at least 30A on the +12V rails combined.... If it doesn't, don't get it. Also check tolerances.

    Now take a look at a GOOD psu such as the enermax. Power is rated at 40*C instead of 25*C. What temp do you think your case is right by your cpu? Close to 40*C is the answer. Now check the +12V rails... There's 3 of them. What do they add up to? Depends on the unit you get, but you get the idea. Also what are the tolerances? 1%. Antec and other (imo crappy) psu makers have 5% tolerances.. PCPC, Enermax, and Sparkle have 1% or better tolerances.

    I would only use a PSU from Enermax, PCPC, or Sparkle.

    I usually buy enermax for my workstations/desktops because it's an awsome psu and a good price, and it's got some nice design to it to show off.

    I usually buy sparkle for my servers because it's an awsome psu at a great price, minus the frill.

    I don't usually buy PCPC because my wallet doesn't like it.
     
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    ya keeping my budget in mind is the biggest thing. Thats why the system was so cheap. What you expect a Enermax to run me ?
     
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    jeezus thats expensive. Well can i try the machine with this power supply and see what happens? What signs will i look for to know that its not giving enough juice? thanks.
     
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    it's rated at 17A which is below the minimum of 18A for your combo -- that doesn't even take into account extra hdds, a good video card, or cd's... I would definitely not want to use that power supply.
     
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    is there any way to go cheaper? 70 dollars for a power supply is wayyy more than i expected. Im already peaking out at the budget i wanted to spend on this system. Thanks.
     
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    good:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-101-508&depa=0

    I don't like it, but:
    http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/Antec_True380S.html?id=zkvooazm

    in-expensive:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-485&depa=0

    But I can't stress enough, don't cheap out on the power supply... Everything in your system is connected to it, and it's failure could take everything else with it. A poor power supply also contributes to system instability.

    $75 is what you should plan on spending for a good power supply.
     
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    :werd: Id say if you cant cough up $75 or $80 right now, wait until you can
     
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    I have a personal beef with thermaltake... I will not purchase any of their products due to numerous bad prior experiences. That said, some people swear by them.

    I would get the tagan, tho.
     

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