Question about matching motherboards and power supplies

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  1. bruiser

    bruiser I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all

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    Hi, I'm trying to build a computer (for the 1st time), and I have a motherboard I want to get, but I'm having a bit of difficulty making sure I find a compatible power supply

    Here's the motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127226
    Here's the power supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817182032

    so the motherboard says its a 24 pin power connection, but this power supply says the main connector is 20 + 4 pin. Is that equivalent to a 24 pin connection or do you read that as 20 AND 4 instead of 20 PLUS 4?

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    do *not* but a roswell powersupply.

    This is what you want in that price range:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104935
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817194002

    Don't let the wattage fool you, these are both better PSUs than the roswell, and you don't need 600W.


    Why do you want an nForce4 Intel board? I would much recommend an Intel D945 board over that!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121288R

    The parts I listed are compatible.
     
  3. bruiser

    bruiser I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all

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    Well mostly i chose the nForce4 because it is SLI compatible and it looks like it has a lot of overclocking features...

    thanks for the tip on roswell... i'm trying to find a good power supply because i've had problems with my other computers in the past. i thought my motherboard was dying but it turned out to be a failing power supply. i'll avoid roswell. i think i'm willing to spend a little more to get a good power supply.
     
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    if you want an intel chip, use an intel chipset. Can't be beaten.
     
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    great board... but I just have a fundamental problem with openbox parts.
     
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    So, question: The 20+4 power plug coming out of the power supply he originally chose...was the +4 actually that little extra power connector that P4 boards require, or was it a snap-on extension to the 20 pin plug?
     
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    The board will be labeled as being SLI-compatible or CrossFire-compatible. I don't know if the two standards are interchangeable; I suspect not, but...:shrug:
     
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    yeah probably not, but the links to those intel chipsets don't mention either compatibilities... thus i'm hesitant to purchase a basic intel chipset.

    i think i'm going to find a different motherboard from the one i originally wanted. it looks like, reading the reviews, that there is a bug that won't allow you to boot with USB devices attached. that would get pretty annoying if I had to unplug my external hard drive just to boot the computer.
     
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    They sometimes use this deisngation with newer 24-pin PSUs where the "extension" can be taken off to be used with standard 20-pin motherboards.
     
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    Crossfire only works with ATi cards. SLI only works with nVidia cards.

    Don't bother with Asus... If you want an Intel chip, you want an Intel motherboard.
     
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    they are not
     
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    why do you even care about SLI? Lets be serious here... you'll never use it.
     
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    bruiser I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all

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    or maybe i will????

    isn't it exciting?!?!
     
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    not rly. The chances of you actually using SLI are so slim. And the chances of making a mistake with a non-intel mobo that could have been avoided by simply getting an intel mobo are quite high.
     
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    I've seen those, that's why I asked. I just didn't know whether, in this case, the +4 was referring to the Intel-specific extra power connector.

    Side note: I bought a PSU with a one-piece 24-pin connector and a 20-pin adaptor cable, and I was pleased to discover that I could make the 24-pin connector fit directly on my motherboard, because there was enough room off to the side of the socket for the extra 4 pins to dangle off into nowhere without touching (and frying) anything. I just had to use a knife blade to pry the extra 4 pins far enough away from the 20 pins that I did need for the edge of the mobo power socket to slip comfortably into place.
     

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