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  1. kwchang007

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    As the title says, I want to know if this PSU can handle a Athlon x2 4200+ with a 2600xt, 2gb of ddr2 667mhz ram, 1 hdd, 1 optical drive, mobo (obviously, lol). I'm pretty sure it will, just wanted to make sure, thanks for helping.

    EDIT: Also, is the mobo I listed in post 3 ok?
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    From what I know even a 300W PSU can run the 2600XT..iam sure that 400W PSU would run everything. If I had to choose I would go for a 500/600watt PSU and make sure its ANTEC or something. The PSU I have is pretty impressive and powers meh 8800GTS 640 no bother.

    Iam sure other techy folks around here will be able to confirm that it will run everything smoothly.
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    TY Irish.

    Also, what's a good AM2 mobo under $54? I know it's a mobo and money should be put in it, but my friend's not going to overclock. Thanks.

    EDIT: Would something like this be ok?
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    Corsair's HX series are also great PSU's, I love mine, it was decently priced, rated very well (it's built by Seasonic), very stable, and will be able to last me a while if I do decide to upgrade in the future! Granted they're not $40, but the last $40 PSU I got didn't last too long. I spent $108 on the HX520 and couldn't be happier! The thing weighs quite a lot more compared to a cheaper PSU, that's a sense of quality. But the one you selected doesn't look too shabby, it should suffice for your needs. :toast:
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    TY, btw this will be my first build for my IT thing :toast:
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    There seems to be a lot of power paranoid people around now, i'ld be willing to bet a good 250 watt psu could power his system (unless he overclocks). A 400 watt would be more than fine as long as its any quality at all.
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    I'd go with a 5/600W to be safe.
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    Whoa, only thing is going with a 500-600 watt power supply means getting rid of the 2600 which means you can go back to 400 watt so it's kind of a never ending circle.
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    I bet it would power it, but you may wanna consider a higher end psu IF POSSIBLE.

    However, I would suggest against a high end CPU coupled with a cheapo mobo.

    CPU mhz are much easier to get in any way shape or form, than a decent motherboard, or PSU.

    Mobo and PSU should be a majority of the budget, with GPU and CPU coming in a close second.

    Try

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130063
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131143
    or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135028

    Rather. :)

    One of those three would probably serve you a bit better reliability wise than a pcchips :/


    If you can allocate more money...

    The MSI K9N Neo-F, or theKN9 would both be worth it in the long run.
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    lol, $600 for parts including os. Since he's not going to be overclocking, I figured that a 4200+i is ok, and with a 2600xt, there wouldn't be a major bottleneck anywhere. Did the mobo I picked out look ok? Like just as a mobo running at stock speeds.
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    sorry, check my updated post :)
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    I think the ecs one is good, I'll just tell him it was more money for the wifi adapter (I forgot to throw that in when I gave him a quote :banghead:)
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    I do agree with you. Just like anything, it is better to have an overhead of power as it helps maintain stability and consitency of power. If going cheap, getting a 600W PSU for a 250W system is a good idea since cheap PSU's have cheaper regulation, caps, etc. If going for a better PSU, a 400-500W PSU is still a good idea. Thinking of the future is also a good thing also, if you get a PSU with more overhead, you won't have to get another PSU if you want that video card or quad core CPU, or extra HDD, you spent the little extra now to not worry about it later.

    I also believe that having at least a 100W overhead over system specs wattage ratings is a good rule of thumb, if OC-ing make sure you have 100W over the ratings of your OC'd system. There are many calculators out there. My Corsair for instance is a better PSU and should last me a long time, even though only 520W, I will never run SLI/CF because I'd rather have one more powerful card. But everyone has different rules of thumbs, I've tried quite a few different PSU's and I've found cheap ones need replaced within 12 months, mid-priced are a crap-shoot, some are great, some are just overpriced cheap ones. But going with a good brand one for ~$100 is the way to go in my mind. It all depends on the needs, how stable the person needs voltages, if planning on OC-ing or filling the tower with HDD's, add-on cards, etc...
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    I used the extreme power supply calculator and used the 8600 gts because it should use more power, and they didn't have the 2600 as an option. It came out with 266 watts, so I still have that 100 watt overhead, and since no overclocking should be going on, I don't think he'll need totally clean lines.
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    Well apparently do you wanna be so-called future proofed? Cause buying a good PSU could last you quite long for at least 2 DIY systems.
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    Well then that $40 option should take care of him fine until the next overhaul of his system. And maybe even then! :toast:
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    lol I wish this was for me, I need money for other things. This is actually for a friend, so I don't think he's expecting to push a 8800 etc. Not to mention upgrading this system will be far into the future, cause from what I understand he needs it for school work and just some gaming on the side.

    @Kursah woot!! BTW how does the system look for light gaming and future proofness?
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    It should do okay as long as high resolutions and max settings aren't in his mind when "light gaming", and as far as future proofness, you said his plans are for school use, so word processing, presentions, internet, music, etc, it should handle all those well. :toast:
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    Sweet. lol hopefully max res and settings aren't in his mind, with his budget he wouldn't be able to get it, but I guess there's always upgrades, and since this is AM2, it should be good until AM3 comes out in terms of upgrade. WOW I just realized how great AMD's backwards compatibility is for consumers.

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