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paultheplumber
03-31-2003, 07:52 AM
Okay, I searched through the archives for power supply info and you've all convinced me I need to be willing to spend extra on the power supply. But just because it costs more doesn't mean it's better.

So what are the recommendations? Which brands are reputable? Any models that have a great price/performance ratio? Any brands to avoid like the plague?

And how much wattage does a modern computer need? I don't need super high watt power supply bragging rights, I just want a practical PSU. (Planning on building a nForce2 machine with a 2500+ to start out with, but may upgrade the proc later.)

Any input appreciated...

singularity2006
03-31-2003, 07:59 AM
please refer to this thread:

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49573

paultheplumber
03-31-2003, 09:16 AM
Thanks singularity. How did I miss that? I read that thread but some how skipped lines like:

(Examples of good supplies. Antec Truepower, Sparkle, Enermax...)

and:

I haven't heard much in the way of gripes about antec, vantec stealths, pcpower and cooling, or sparkle (well a few for sparkle, but no pattern of badness).

Dang my infernal internet reading habits (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html)...

What's the minimum wattage I should be looking at? Is a 350w PSU enough?

GregHess
03-31-2003, 12:19 PM
An Antec truepower 330watt, or 350 watt should be fine.

Always get a bit more then you need if you plan on upgrading later and/or adding alot of drives/cards.

paultheplumber
04-01-2003, 05:33 AM
Thanks Greg. That Antec True330 looks like the winner.

And just so this isn't a one line post, If anyone wants to calculate their PSU requirements, AMD has a worksheet in this PDF:

http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/white_papers_and_tech_docs/26003.pdf

(Of course that assumes you know the maximum current for all of your devices....)

DaForce
04-01-2003, 05:40 AM
just so that you know, if you plan on getting a radeon 9700pro they require atleast a 350w PSU.

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