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Power Supply Upgrade

So I'm shopping for a new power supply after my old one gave out. I had 350W and I've been upgrading my system piece by piece. I'm thinking of getting a minimum of 500W. The way I've been upgrading is by getting new, big HD's, DoubleLayer DVDRW, basicly from the outside in. I left the mobo for last because right now I'm at the limits of processing power and am barely seeing it fall behind, I also have RDRAM which from personal experience prefer, but will probably have to leave behind once I upgrade the mobo. I was waiting for the dual core pentium processors to come out before doing that final change, but I would like to know if there might be some issues with current power supplies and those coming mobos.

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um, not that i know of

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if you want a new motherboard for the dual core Pentium D's along with DDR2 i'd say just get the PSU right along side that

you'll have to reformat your OS to upgrade motherboards btw (or else you'll have some SERIOUS issues)
and you'll need a new PCIE video card for the PCIE slot that your new 945 or 955 equipped board will come bearing

so it'll be around $1200 to upgrade that
i'd say as far as a PSU
look at this article

to get an idea
it doesn't have exact specifics (that i see, but they might be in there) but i'd read that to get some more info
i'm thinking any modern LGA 775 motherboard compatable PSU (the 24-pin ones) should work, just a PCIE/24-pin one should work (but i'd double check)

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I believe that the latest ATX spec

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reccomends that if there is more than 18 amps needed from the 12 volt main [rail] that you use a supply that has two independent 12 volt rails. Don't confuse this with the fact that a supply also has a minus 12 volt rail [of very low wattage/amperage]. That spec also has the 24 pin connector.

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Cheap for now then

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I was hoping it would be a little more standard. But by what I'm gathering then, I'll need a different power supply once I change mobo, the PCIE alone seems to dictate that. So I guess I'll go for the inexpensive one for now just to get my system back up and running and leave the stylish one for my final transfer. Thanks.

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Check specs...

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The std. issue p/s unit for many a mtrbd. is the ATX12V type, 20-pin. This type supplies many out there. The new type is the ATX12V 2.0 to encompass the 24-pin. Just check to see what specs whatever p/s unit you get offers to support. But, to be more practical is to just wait until you actaully get the new mtrbd. and see what it requires. However, I don't see a great problem, usually these matters take awhile to sort out and usually get the press they deserve. What you need now is a ATX12V type to replace you're old one and there's a good chance it can carry over to the new mtrbd., if not maybe an adapter is in the future.

tada -----Willy

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