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    how much power do I need for my new system?

    I going to be building a system and was wondering what kind of power needs i can expect. I want to get either a antec true 330 or 430. will i need the extra power? here's what's in the works

    amd 2400+ processor
    Abit kd7-raid motherboard
    nec multisync fe700+ crt monitor
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    thanks,
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    YES. especially if you OC, i would get AT LEAST 400w.. brand name Antec, Enermax, or Sparkle units would be your best bet. nice system btw. good luck
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    enermax sux, sum of then get low 5v readings, go with antec.

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    You can never have too much power !!!

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    Yeah ay least a named brand 400w (pc power-antec, enermax, sparkle)

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    Originally posted by spazzkid
    enermax sux, sum of then get low 5v readings, go with antec.
    just because some users have had low 5v lines doesnt mean that every single enermax power supply ever produced "sux". they are a helluva lot better than some no-name POS.

    that said, i've got on running in my secondary machine a 350w enermax, and it gets fine voltages, although, from now on i'll be buying Sparkle me thinks (i'm a cheap ass)
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    Originally posted by Dark Disciple
    You can never have too much power !!!
    Nope, just more power than you need.
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    I just picked up a 480 watt True Power Antec from Newegg for 100 even including shipping. Running a P4 2.85 gig just fine and it is much quieter than my old one.

    Both the processor and the video card are oc on this machine.

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    Yeah, i do plan on overclocking. So you guys think I should go with more power huh? That's kind of what I was expecting. So where's a good cheap place to get a 430 antec truepower?

    thanks,
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    i got a antec true 550 for 90 w00t

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    I often think that the need for a high wattage power supply is exagerated. I have a 350W Enermax, and it is easilly sufficient for my system.

    I think when people start buying PSUs over 500W, it's more of an obsession than anything else. "more power, More Power, MORE POWER, MOOOORRE POOOWWWWER!!!!"

    Anyways... Next time I buy a PSU for my next system, it'll be a 400W Antec.

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    the way i figure, 550 will work for a long time if things start taking more and more power. Also if i have 10+ fans in my case and a few cold cathodes , etc etc. (i dunno im just making myself feel better ab out my purchase )

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    I'm just wondering... How much does my system require (in sig)... similarly, is 400W excessive for my celery box or did I pick a good power rating?

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    Originally posted by Mr. Chambers


    just because some users have had low 5v lines doesnt mean that every single enermax power supply ever produced "sux". they are a helluva lot better than some no-name POS.
    I need to second that. Sig is powered by a 431W enermax and I never got any 5v under 5 or any 12v under 12.30 (and I have the stuff in sig + 9 fans, and will soon be adding 2 green colds )
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    My PSU cost me 19 bucks shipped... manufacturer is "Duro", and my sig (above) has been for the last 4 months and is still running on it as I type @:

    12V:12.25
    5V: 5.10
    3.3V: 3.38
    2.5V: 2.57

    BTW I recently replaced one of the 92 mm with a 120 mm

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