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  1. bruins004 New Member

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    Hello all.
    I am building a new Athlon 64 computer and I just need to get the power supply now.
    Below are the specs of my computer:

    2x512 mb of Kingston PC3200 DDR
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    MSI K8N Neo4
    ThermalTake Venus 12 CPU Cooler
    XFX GeForce 7800 GT
    ThermalTake 120mm case fan
    Dracula Case which came with 1 120mm case fan and an 80 mm case fan on the side panel
    Logisys Temparture controller
    Whispersys System Cooler PCI slot fan
    Lite On DVD RW Drive
    Lite On DVD/CD Combo Drive
    Western Digital 160 GB Hard Drive

    I currently have a 480 Watt power supply which came with the case.
    I don't want to use this since they are usually junk, plus it only has four 4 pin connectors and I def. dont want to piggyback everything, plus the wires get a little messy with this.

    My question is what power supply should I get for this?
    I want a good power supply.
    I am looking to spend around $70 on this supply.
    The main reason I need help is b\c I have eleven 4 pin connectors that must go into the power supply so I must have at least eight 4 pin connectors on the power supply, since I dont want to piggyback everything.
    Below is what is being connected to the power supply:

    Two 4 pin connectors for the XFX GeForce 7800 GT
    One 4 pin connector for the ThemalTake Venus 12
    One 4 pin connector for the ThermalTake 120mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for the 120mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for the 80mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for Lite On DVD RW Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Lite On DVD/CD Combo Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Western Digital 160 GB Hard Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Logisys Temparture Controller
    One 4 pin connector for the Whispersys System Cooler PCI slot fan

    Thanks for all of your help.
    :toast:
     
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  2. Spinal C New Member

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    the stock a64 cooler is sufficient for insane oc's that venus 12 wont perform any better so you should put that money towards something better imo. as for a psu . hm 70$, well theres a
    Fortron 500W Blue Storm AX500-A ATX12V:
    or a
    Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-480 BLUE ATX12V 480W:
     
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    This is a little bit more than what you were talking about, but by far the most powerful PSU in it's class is the OCZ PowerStream. You can pick up up a 420w for $90. That's 420w constant, not peak! Peak is 520w. If you're willing to shell out an extra $40 or so you can get the 520w which has slightly better amperages which will help with overclocking.

    Another thing is, a lot of those things can be strung together onto one 4 pin channel. The OCZ has two designated 4 pin connectors for hard drives and/or video cards. It also has a designated PCI-E power connection.
     
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    Hey guys.
    Thank you for your feedback thus far.
    I keep looking at this {SU and was wondering if it was any good?
    It is the ASPIRE ATX-AS520W BLACK 520W Power Supply - Retail.

    Here is the link for it at newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817148008

    It gives out a lot of power, but it doesnt seem to have two 12v rails.
    Is that a problem?
    Sorry if these are simplistic questions I am pretty new to PSUs.
    Thanks again
     
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    I've never heard of the brand before, but the amperages look pretty good. The only thing I'm still curious about is if 520w is constant or peak. And if it's peak what's the constant, or if that's the constant, what's the peak.
     
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    I think with PSU's more than any other component you get what you pay for. My PSU cost around 90US in the UK, I guess price are a bit different from country to country but I wouldn't bother with that Aspire POS....IMHO.:)
     
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  7. bruins004 New Member

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    Yea that sounds about right to me.
    My friend has a Raid Max, but those PSUs are way too expensive for me.
    I appreciate all of your help I just have one last question.
    What are some really good and trusted PSU brands?
    Thanks again for all of your help.
    :cool:
     
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    ocz, enermax, antec.

    i myself use an ocz powerstream 520 and it works AWESOME, powers my rig without a hitch 10/10:rockout:
     
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    Go with an OCZ PowerStream for sure. I have never EVER heard of one of those failing.
     
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    Stay away from aspire PSUs, they are worse than some generic brands. Get the OCZ powerstream or antec 550 True cotnrol (the new version with ESP)
     
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    Hey guys.
    Its me again.
    I was just look around and saw on the MSI website that the power supply I need must have a -5V line.
    The Antec TruePower and the OCZ PowerStream does not have a -5V line therefore I cannot get those.
    Any other suggestions for a good power supply.
    Thanks.
     
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    I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for helping me.
    I just order the OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply.
    I heard a lot of great reviews about it.
    What do you all think?
    Thanks again
    :nutkick:
     
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    sounds good bud have fun
     
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    mod streams deffianlty arent class 3 PSUs, but they look nice and they run fine i fyou do no to moderate ocing.
     
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    Well it's too late to say this anyway, but every PSU has a -5v rail. They just show then amperages on the posative rails and that's it. As far as the ModStream goes, they're great PSUs, not quite as good of amperage as the PowerStreams and they don't have the adjustable volt rails like the PowerStreams, but other than that they're great PSUs.
     
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    well the thing is newer PSUs dont havea -5v rail, its just not needed anymore. Look athte new PSUs and they lack the -5v cable.
     
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    I must say that you all have been very helpful.
    I just have one quick question about installation.

    As mentioned before I have 11 connections to make to this power supply as shown below:
    Two 4 pin connectors for the XFX GeForce 7800 GT
    One 4 pin connector for the ThemalTake Venus 12
    One 4 pin connector for the ThermalTake 120mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for the 120mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for the 80mm case fan
    One 4 pin connector for Lite On DVD RW Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Lite On DVD/CD Combo Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Western Digital 160 GB Hard Drive
    One 4 pin connector for Logisys Temparture Controller
    One 4 pin connector for the Whispersys System Cooler PCI slot fan

    I know that the PSU come with 6 4 pin molex power connectors...Would I be able to utilize any of the other connectors, besides these 6, so I don't have to piggyback as much?
    Thanks again guys.
     
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    If the ModStreams are anything like the PowerStreams you should have a 6 pin PCIE power connector for the graphics card, thus not needing two 4 pin connections. Put all of the case fans on the same line, and each of the drives on their own separate line. Then you should be fine. Obviously don't follow my (or anybody else's) directions like the bible, you can really hook then up however you want. It usually all depends on where things are in the case. I always try to do things the cleanest way possible.
     
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