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300w-enough?

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equalizr

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Joined
Jul 28, 2002
Location
Alberta, Canada
id say at least a 350W power supply...try and stay away from no name stuff...

stick with stuff like Enermax and Antec, etc.

they have high rails
 

mdcomp

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Nov 23, 2001
300w should be enough for an athlon xp, without overclocking. With everything at stock a 300w should be fine, but to be safe I would go with 350w.
 

malon

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Joined
Mar 14, 2002
Location
Madrid
I have a 300W generic PSU with my sig and it works great! my +5v has never gone under 4.95v
 

PYROMANIAC

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Joined
Dec 11, 2001
Location
Houston, Texas
nothing should take 500w...this is what i run with 350w and it doesnt overdraw or cause any problems....

cdrom/dvdrom (2 sep drives)
newq plat graphic analyzer
crystalfontz lcd
6 80mm fans and 1 120mm
mobo/cards
5 HD's
neon light that i broke :(

my guess is the only reason you'd need a 500w supply or more is for pelts...im not into that kind of cooling just yet so u would be asking the wrong person
 

larrymoencurly

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Jul 14, 2002
Has anybody actually measured either the power on the AC side or the current on the DC side? PSU ratings are so wildly inaccurate that they're almost meaningless.
 

flapperhead

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Apr 27, 2002
Location
wash dc area
the biggest problem is the abject lying that some ps manufacturers claim on their specs. for instance the powmax 500 watt psu is only good for about 450 watts while some good brands like the 330 watt antec true, is good for close to 400 watts. so the uninformed get bs'd by big numbers..