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ardent

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Dec 22, 2002
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Recently, I added a Radeon 9800np and a second hard drive to my rig, and it would seem my 300w Sparkle is screaming for mercy :) I have had so many problems with my overclock since the additions, I have disconnected the second hdd and backed off my OC to 175x11 for now. Stable in Prime for 8 hours, and 3dMark is stable too at that rate.

So, time for new power! After getting alot of recommendations from friends, I think I'm going to go with an Antec Truepower. Money is a slight consideration, but I am more interested in having some juice to spare after I am done adding anything I could want. Here is what I see this PSU eventually having to cope with:

Radeon 9800
4x DVD Writer
48x CD Drive
2 HDD's (possibly SATA soon)
1 NIC
6 Fans including CPU fan
USB Printer and Palm dock

So which one would I need? Would the True 380 be enough, or something higher like 430, 480?

Thx in advance for your opinions,
ardent
 

larva

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Jul 12, 2002
I would recommend the TP430 as a minumum. I have one in my rig and it's a great unit. My cpu's 12V consumption is fierce, but doesn't phase the TP430. The TP380s I've used weren't nearly as stout, although still good supplies. The 480 is really stout. I think directron has a good deal on the TP430 and think you would really like what your money gets you.
 
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ardent

ardent

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Location
Las Vegas
Thx for the info Larva....I think the 430 should suffice, but perhaps I might splash out for the fancy 480 with blue led fan :) I think its $12 more at newegg.com than the True 430.