a cheapie and can't deliver 500 watts continuously, it will have sufficient margin to handle your system easily.
Nowadays one must be certain if the power supply has all the connectors that you may need if you go in for the SLI type systems. The new video cards need special power and connectors.
Make certain the the main mobo power connector is a combo 20/24 pin connector. That way if you have a 20 pin you simply detach the extra four pins, but if you later upgrade to a new mobo that uses the 24 pin, you can simply reattach the extra four pins.
Hi I'm building my own PC and I require a suitable power supply. The spec is:
Pentium 4 @ 3.0Ghz
GeForce Nvidia 6600GT
1 CD-DVD burner
2x hard drives
a few usb devices
1 PCI card for video capture
I think this will require no less than 350W. A local shop has no 400W units but they do have a 500W unit on special offer (cheaper than the 350W they stock). I was hoping to get a 400W unit. Will it be OK to use a 500W unit even if it's full potential is not required? Will it overload my motherboard????