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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Easy Rhino, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Easy Rhino

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    so im building a very compact/effecient pc for a on the go bsd system. i want to use this case.

    it comes with a 120 watt psu which should be enough to run a low power 35 watt intel chip, 2 gigs of ddr2 800 and an onboard nvidia chip, dvdrom and 7200 rpm HDD. does this seem reasonable if i am not overclocking any part of my system? btw, i am also using a mini-itx mainboard so if anyone has an suggestions on high quality ones i would appreciate it!
     
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    you could use a laptop hard drive to save power.

    what board you using?
     
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    120 watts should be enough, just enough. Myself I prefer lot of extra power for, you know, "just in case". I would recommend 200 watts or more, since you never know what kind of upgrades you might pick up later on. I know you are aiming for efficiency but I would still get a slightly more powerful PSU.

    You can pick up some really cheap small factor PSU's at Directron.

    http://www.directron.com/matxps.html
     
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    Rhino I certainly think you are much more knowledgeable than be but, imo 120W PSU is cuttin it pretty close.

    I guess I would ask what would be the main use of the box? Light gaming(Bejeweled) or just basic work? I think 300-450W is about the lowest I run with my PSU choices.
     
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    If it's a good 120 watts, *10 amps 12 volt* you should be way good for that type of setup.

    Judging by the size and price, I would say its probably a pretty decent psu..
     
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    I think in the November edition of CPU Magazine they have a Power Saving/solar power pc tips in there, check that out.
     
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    I've got a 120 watt mATX PSU running a PIII Celeron, 256 MB of RAM, DVD drive, Floppy drive, and 7200 RPM HDD.
    I found that PSU in a bin, because it probably wasn't working properly.

    120 watts should be enough.
     
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    thanks guys for info. just to reiterate, it is just for a BSD box, so mostly command line work. although i will be running the fluxbox gui on it with firefox when needed.
     
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    ok so i need any mini-itx board with onboard ati graphics. help!
     
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    http://www.mini-itx.com/ has some really good boards and stuff, have a look there and see if you can find one that works out for you.
     
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    thanks man. i dont see a place to check by graphics tho. btw that is an interesting avatar.

    edit: well i dont think that a mini-itx motherboard exists that has onboard ati graphics.
     
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    no problem man and thank you lol :p i worked so hard on the sig and then had to shrink it down so much that it was like hours of work shrunk away to like nothing... the avvy is a tf2 girl solider that's hot :toast:
     

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