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new parts system

by peenuts220 / July 3, 2004 10:28 AM PDT

i wanna build a computer and came up with parts thatim thinking about getting. could someone tell me if this looks like a good setup and recomend any changes. I cant really spend much more than this so

Antec beige Solution series slk1650 midtower with 350w psu, http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-129-149&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Lite On white dvdrw SOHW-812s
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=27-106-933&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

mitsumi floppy drive oem
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=21-103-104&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Western Digital EIDE 120gig caviar oem
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=21-103-104&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Kingston ddr 1piece 512mb pc3200
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=20-141-424&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Asus K8V SE Deluxe mobo
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=13-131-490&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ retail, retail fan and heatsink to
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-424&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Windows XP home oem
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=37-102-141&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Chaintech geforce fx 5200 128mb
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=14-145-067&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

total price with shipping is about 825$ free copy of far cry thrown in for purchase of motherboard. I dont really care about that i just heard that asus is a good company

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Power?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2004 10:35 AM PDT
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The Athlon alone may hit 100 Watts, the 3D card 40 Watts and each drive about 20.

Your power calculations are far too slim.

Add it all up, then add 100 more Watts to make a machine that you won't fix in a few months.

Bob

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Case...
by Charlie Thunell PL&T / July 3, 2004 11:35 AM PDT
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You may want to look at a full tower instead (btw, the link you provided says it is a mini tower!), since it has more space it also has more ventilation which is crucial with today's components that are running very hot. Apart from that, I agree with Proffitt.

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Re: Case...
by peenuts220 / July 3, 2004 2:20 PM PDT
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yea man im trying to save money but get a decent system. At newegg they got an antec soho II file servercase which is pretty big(supports e-atx) and has a 400 watt psu for 95$ i just dont know if i can afford it. Can you think of any other affordable solutions? o yea and theres a lite on case with 400 watt psu but the psu is from a generic company called sun cheer. any more help would be great. thanks

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Re: Case...
by Mark G / July 3, 2004 11:00 PM PDT
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its like this pay little now and pay more later when it breaks

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Re: Case...
by peenuts220 / July 4, 2004 2:41 AM PDT
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How about a thermaltake 420 watt purepower psu with a cooler master centurion 2 case? would that work because together they are only like 66$ thanks for all the feedback guys

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Re: Case...
by Ross / July 4, 2004 2:48 AM PDT
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One way to cut conners andnot hurt performance is dump the floopy drive. You should not need it as yu can setup to boot from cd-rom and install from there with XP.

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Did you add up the POWER yet?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2004 2:54 AM PDT
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Re: Did you add up the POWER yet?
by peenuts220 / July 4, 2004 3:45 AM PDT

I added up the compnents and the extra 100 watts in case and it is around 420-430. I read reviews on this power supply saying it was good and comparable with enermax models. I also noticed that the company falcon northwest www.falcon-nw.com puts a 350watt psu in their athlon 64 3400+ talon models which have alot more power consumption than mine will probably have

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The big lie.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 4, 2004 3:54 AM PDT

Here's the deal. When new, the power supply will likely be just fine supplying nearly 350 Watts. But remember they only give you a 3 to 12 month warranty. Pushing that power supply accelerates the aging and in a year or a bit many will experience random reboots. Not all but some.

You are likely too new to the PC building scene to witness this issue or won't know the ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS age and lose capacity with both heat and time.

The extra capacity of the PSU will fade over time and you won't have an isse.

Bob

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Saving money
by Charlie Thunell PL&T / July 6, 2004 1:48 AM PDT
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You may want to consider saving on the motherboeard instead... I think an MSI will do good and I think it is cheaper than the ASUS which is one of the more costly barnds on the market.

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