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#1 evanc

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 02:31 AM

I am new to the computer building world, but have been doing a bit of research here lately. My last step for my creation is to find the case and power supply. The reason I am curious of how big of a power supply I'll need is because I plan to run 4 IDE hard drives, 2 optical drives, a decent video card(PCI-Express), 4x512 memory and all the other components that usually go into a computer. I have been looking around and have come up with these choices, but I would like a second opinion, or a third, or however many people would like to help. Let me know what you guys think:

Option A (Power supply and case come together, any other suggestions are welcome too)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811144165

Option B (Seperate pieces)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811154017
with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817148025

Again, any other suggestions are welcome. Looks are not important by any means here. I plan to tuck this away and never look at it unless I need to burn a DVD or something of that nature.

Thanks everyone, I appreciate all your help
Evan

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 03:30 AM

You'll want lots a watts with all that stuff. Also make sure you get a quality brand.

ATX Power Supplies - Brands from A to Z

*** RATED BY QUALITY ***

Key
H = High Quality (Good Solid Reliable Brand)
M = Medium Quality (In-between)
L = Low Quality (Cheap Generic)
U = Unknown


A-Power................L
A-Top..................L
A+GPB..................L
AcBel..................L
AC Ryan (Ryanpower)....L
Aerocool...............U
AG.....................L
Ahanix.................L
Akasa..................L
Allied.................L
Antec..................H
AOpen..................L/M
APC....................L
Apex Allied............L
Aspire.................L/M
Astec..................L
Athena.................L
BFG....................L
Broadway Gaming........U
Channel Well...........L
CHAS...................L
Chenbro................U
Chieftec...............L
Coba...................L
Codegen................L
Conrad.................M
CoolerMaster...........H
CoolMax................M
Crystal................L
Dell...................L
Delta..................L
Diablo.................L
Eagle..................L
Echo Star..............L
Enermax................H
Engleking..............M
Enlight................M
Epson..................L
FDK....................L
Fortron (FSP)..........H
Gateway................L
Gazelle Multimedia.....L
Global Marketing.......L
GPower.................L
Guardian...............L
Herolchi...............M
Hipro..................L
HP/Compaq..............L
HPC International......L
Huntkey................L
I-Star.................L
IBM Redundant..........U (expensive)
Intel Redundant........U (expensive)
In Win.................L
Jaguar.................U
Kensington.............L
Kingwin................L
L&C....................L
Leadman................L
Levicom................L
LiteOn.................U
Logisys................U
Mad Dog................L/M
Maxtron................L
MGE....................L
MGE Vortec.............M
MorningStar............L
NEC....................L
Newton.................L
Nexus..................L
Noise Magic............L
NorthQ.................M
Nspire.................L
OCZ....................H
Omega..................L
Packard Bell...........L
PC Power & Cooling.....H
PC-World (PCW).........L
PCMCIS.................U
Power..................L
PowerStream............L
PowerTek...............L
PowerUp................L
PowMax.................L
PowMax XPower..........L
Premium................L
Pyramid................L
Q-Tec..................L
Q-Technology...........L
RaidMax................U
Real Power.............L
Rosewill...............L
SCS....................L
SeaSonic...............H
Shuttle................L
Silent Purepower.......U
SilenX.................L
Silverstone............H
Sky Hawk (Eagle Tech)..L
Sparkle................H
Star Micronics.........L
StarTech...............L
Sun....................L
SuperFlower............L
Supermicro.............L
Tagan..................H
Task...................L
ThermalTake............M
Topower................L
Tri-Mag................L
TSP....................L
Tyan Tiger.............L
TTGI...................L
Ultra-Power Computer...L
Ultra..................M
Ultra X-Connect........L
Vantec.................H
Verax..................H
Vigor..................U
Xion...................L
xPCgear................L
Zalman.................H
Zippy..................L
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:40 AM

Well, would that case/power supply combo work, or not?

Also, what size supply should I be looking for?

Thanks again,
Evan

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:36 AM

How much wattage you need is hard to say, since I don't know the rest of your system. Here is a rough idea:
20-25W per hard-drive.
20-30W per optical drive.
20-30W for the motherboard.
15W per PCI device.
15-140W per graphics card.
15-160W per processor.
8W per 128MB or RAM
3W per fan.
5W per USB device.

With what I know, I'd recommend ENERMAX All in One Noisetaker Series EG701AX-VE SFMA(24P) 600W Power Supply

Edited by Mr Alpha, 27 November 2005 - 10:41 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 04:47 PM

I guess I'll try to be more specific. I am not planning on overclocking, since I have absolutly no idea how to do it. Sorry for me being so clueless on this, I just want to be sure I get what I need and not waste any money.

Video Card
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1093468042165

Memory (May possibly add another set of this later on)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820145450

Motherboard (Any suggestions on which one to go with are welcome too)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813127187
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813180068

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103569

3 Hard Drives (adding 1 more later on)
2 Western Digital 7200RPM 160GB
1 Western Digital 7200RPM 300GB

2 Lite-On DVD/CD Burners

External Sound Blaster Extigy Sound Card (Has own external power supply)

Possibly adding a PCI card for more USB2. USB devices will include a gamepad, mouse, printer, flash drive, and card reader.

Onve again, I can't thank you guys enough for your help....
Evan

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 06:11 PM

Let's see:

Video card: No external power source, equals a max of 75W.
RAM: 1GB = 8x128MB. 8x8W=64W.
Motherboard: Lots of onboard stuff gives 30W. I usually prefer Abit.
CPU: 3500+ Venice is at 70W.
Hard-drive: 3x25W=75W.
Optical: 2x25W=50W
PCI: 15W.
USB 5x5=25W.
We get 404W plus fans, floppy and stuff, so 415W. Another 64W for further RAM upgrades gives 479W. Adding another 20W for eventual added USB or PCI devices, and we're at 500W. You should look at something around a 550W PSU. Having some extra helps keeping the current clean and the machine stable. Maybe something like this.
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 08:11 PM

You guys are great. I can't say how much I appreciate all your help on this.

Thanks again,
Evan




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