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Do I Have Enough Power?


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 08:16 PM

Here's the deal:

I have been rebuilding my computer since the last one died quite suddenly a few weeks ago from what I believe was an overloaded PSU.

I have ans Asus mother board with an Intel Celeron D LGA 775 2.66 GHz processor.
The major hardware is as follows:

2x Hard drives
1x DVD+-RW/CD-RW
1x CD-RW
2 regular case fans, 1 LED illuminated case fan, 1 PCI slot cooler +CPU fan (noisy, but cool)
1x PCI RAID card
Onboard sound & video
1 stick of RAM, 1GB

What I will be adding/changing afer Christmas:

Core Duo Processor
1 more stick of 1 GB RAM
front panel fan speed controller
1 or more hard drives
good video card (>128 MB at least, possibly ATI or nVidia, likely PCIe)

most of the items will be near top of the line models.

Will my new power supply be able to handle it all?

BFG Technologies PC System 650 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 08:27 PM

Yeah, 650 watts should be OK.
But, I'd recommend getting one from newegg.
This is the one I have. 680 watt for less price.

Plus.. You should get a Core 2 Duo, not just a Core Duo
And, just to help you out a bit more, how much are you going to spend on a graphics card?

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:39 AM

650W is overkill. You should instead look into getting a good quality power supply, like Silverstone, Seasonic, Enermax or FSP Group, to name a few.
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Posted 06 December 2006 - 01:55 PM

Well, I bought the PSU last week. I like it, even has a switch to activate a built-in "Turbo Fan" which brings the CPU & case temps down about 12-15 F while playing graphics intensive games :thumbsup: .

As for the video card, I'm looking at this one for $250. My budget is about $1700.00 do I amy splurge for an even better one, but probably not.

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:30 PM

X1650..eh. Go up to a 7950GT.
I have this card.

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:40 PM

I have this card.

Sweet :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:45 PM

I was more recommending what kind of card to get than bragging =P

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 01:45 PM

Can I ask a friendly question? :flowers: Why do you need to have both a CDRW and a DVDRW? Unless you do a ton of disc to disc copying, I don't think you'd need to have dual optical drives. Keeping the DVD burner and taking out the CD burner will also decrease the power load on your power supply too! :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 07:12 PM

Why do you need to have both a CDRW and a DVDRW?


Because... that's why!

I do do a lot of disc copying, but usually it's DVD to DVD (all legal, of course :thumbsup: ) . That's why I've been thinking about replacing the CD-RW with another DVD+-RW.

But I've always had two optical drives and I can't envision doing without it.




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