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Posted 03 August 2006 - 05:01 AM
This is my first time building my own pc. This is what I think I'm going to go with.AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 Manchester 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939Microsoft Windows XP Pro w/Service Pack 2 OEMNZXT NEMESIS ELITE BLK Black 1.0 mm ALUMINUM ATX Mid Tower 400 WATT PS2 ATX 12V Power SupplyGigabyte K8N Pro-SLI NVIDIA Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMDPatriot Signature 2GB DDR SDRAM DDR 400 PC3200Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s2 Lite-on SHW-160P6S04 16x8x16xDVDRW / 16x6x16xDVD-RW / 48x24x48x CD-RWASUS EAX1900XT/2DHTV/512 Radeon X1900XT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 ASPIRE CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Light Cooling Fan - Retail Sabrent 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Flash Memory Reader/Writer SAMSUNG 740N-Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 600:1 0.264mm Pixel Pitch - Retail Do you think the 400 Watt power supply that comes with the case will be sufficient or do you think I should get this other bigger power supply I was looking at?APEVIA (ASPIRE) ATX-AS520W BLUE ATX 520W Power SupplyDoes anyone have any suggestions on different components?
Posted 03 August 2006 - 10:55 AM
A 400 watt power supply should be sufficient with what you have listed. But if you add more hard drives and other items like PCI cards, it may bring the total power drain (peak) up high enough that during startup you intermittantly have problems.With the newer video cards, I normally recommend to friends to get a minum 500 watt power supply from a good brand name. I have had very good luck with Seasonic and many of their power supplies come with quiet 120 mm fans thereby reducing the amount of noise your beast is going to generate.The stock HSF (the cooling fan and heat sink) that comes with the processor will cool the CPU sufficiently. You can get quieter, high performance HSFs from third party companies if you desire a quieter system.Note also that you will be unable to use the SLI functions (Crossfire for ATI) with a Nvidia chipset based mother/mainboard like the K8N Pro-SLI using an ATI video card. If you think you might like to add another like video card in the future to use the dual card features, you will either have to go with an Nvidia video card or move to a ATI chipset main/motherboard that supports Crossfire. If you change to an ATI chipset main/motherboard, be sure the video card you select supports Crossfire (the X1900XT should).A 250 GB drive is plenty of space. If you will be doing video editing, you should add a second 7200 RPM or faster drive, preferably on SATA or SATA 300 (sometimes mistakenly listed as SATA II) for just the video files and scratch space.Otherwise, your system looks like it will be a fine project.Good building to you sir! :)
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