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*The.Doctor

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#31 11 years ago

I'd say get a Antec 300 if your looking for a cheaper case. Mine was $50 IIRC, and the airflow is them is amazing. Not many other cases can match the quality and performance of these Antec cases IMO.

The 300 has plenty of room even for a high end build. The long Nvidia GTX cards and ATI 4800's fit right in with no problem, and it has room for two 120mm intake fans, a side panel 120mm, and rear 120mm and a top 140mm fan.




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#32 11 years ago

I went lookin around for some PSU's and they're abit more expensive than I thought.

Around how many watts should I go for? A friend was tellin me I should spend about $100 for a good 500-700 one. I don't actually plan on ever doing any heavy gaming. Once I get the new case, I'll still be getting a low-budget video card.

Assuming I never plan on getting a quality video card, do I actually need an extremely good PSU? The only thing that I'd really wanna upgrade in the future is the processor, and maybe the sound card (though I'm not sure about this one yet, it'll be a long while before I look into it). Whenever I look for pc hardware, I check Newegg and tend to go by reviews/ratings/comments. Here's two that seem decently priced:

Newegg.com - APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Supplies

Is 430W enough or should I aim for 500W? Out of all things when it comes to computer hardware, I barely know anything about PSU's.

One thing I'd like is one that isn't too loud since I tend to work with sound often, and sometimes it's nice to keep out as much outside sound as possible. (this neighboor's noise level is horrible on some days). What determines how loud a PSU is?




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#33 11 years ago

If you need a case and pSU for reasonable money then I suggest that you get an Antec case that includes a PSU with it. I'd say 400W would be plenty if you don't want to put a high-end card in it at some point, and Antec PSUs are generally decent.

e.g. Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred 430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Computer Cases or Newegg.com - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases




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#34 11 years ago
Assuming I never plan on getting a quality video card, do I actually need an extremely good PSU? The only thing that I'd really wanna upgrade in the future is the processor, and maybe the sound card (though I'm not sure about this one yet, it'll be a long while before I look into it). Whenever I look for pc hardware, I check Newegg and tend to go by reviews/ratings/comments. Here's two that seem decently priced:

Yeah, it would be good. A 700W PSU is probably unnecessary with a single card setup. Given the kind of card that you want, about 400W should be plenty. However, higher-end cards, like the 4870 or GTX 275, etc, require about a 550W PSU as a hardware requirement.




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#35 11 years ago

Both of what Bs suggested look like great deals, I would shoot for one of those especially since it includes what you need, is pretty cheap, and are generally great cases.




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#36 10 years ago

Sorry to bump this old thread.

I've actually had a change of mind. I orginally wanted to upgrade my case to fit a sound/video card. It turns out that I don't actually need a soundcard for the stuff I'm doing so it turns out I won't be upgrading the case anymore. I decided on getting a low profile vid card and it's been kinda hard to find some on Newegg.

I found this one:

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I've been trying to find the PSU specs for this Inspiron 530s and though most have said it's 250w, there's some that say it's 300 if you have Core2Duo, which I do have. Still though, the comments on that vid card say that the requirement is 400w but some have said they bought it without meeting the requirement.

If my psu is only 300w and I don't meet the requirements, what's the worst that can happen? Could other parts besides the video card get damaged?




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#37 10 years ago

Morbid_Murder;4942258Sorry to bump this old thread.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I've been trying to find the PSU specs for this Inspiron 530s and though most have said it's 250w, there's some that say it's 300 if you have Core2Duo, which I do have. Still though, the comments on that vid card say that the requirement is 400w but some have said they bought it without meeting the requirement.

If my psu is only 300w and I don't meet the requirements, what's the worst that can happen? Could other parts besides the video card get damaged?

With only a 300 watt PSU and a system that new, any decent card would most-likely be a serious pain in the back. I believe the worst that could happen would be something like constant crashes, but I'm not sure if anything would get damaged, as voltage would be too low, not too high.




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#38 10 years ago

It's hard to say, the most immediate risk is that the PSU will be overloaded. If that happens, you will loose anything that was not saved, we it goes out. Requiring you to buy a new PSU anyway.

You will also start experiencing random glitches, or crashes.




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#39 10 years ago
The Soleutator;4942269With only a 300 watt PSU and a system that new, any decent card would most-likely be a serious pain in the back. I believe the worst that could happen would be something like constant crashes, but I'm not sure if anything would get damaged, as voltage would be too low, not too high.

I'm guessing that's what happened to the other 2 video cards in my old pc - both of them fried after about 9 months. I can't remember what happened the first time, but the 2nd time my screen got all crazy - lots of random colored squares all over the place. None of them worked after reboot.

Anyways, I've been looking more into low profile cards and I noticed that Newegg has about 50 that are low-profile "ready". A random forum post from a google search mentioned that they can fit into both standard/low-profile cases. Is this true? The low-profile-only section on Newegg only has like 5 to choose from.

Also like I mentioned earlier, the only pc game I ever play is Guild Wars. This low-profile card will be temporary. Assuming I can get a decent one, it'll probably be ages till I ever upgrade the case since I wouldn't really have any reason to do so. As I've been playing this game more, I've been noticing that many areas arn't loading due to not having a video card. On a rare occassion, one of my characters will get stuck in a town that I thought I could load. The only solution is having a trusted friend log into my account and placing that character elsewhere.

My standards of a "good" video card are very low. My framerate is nearly perfect, but I just need anything that can load all the effects/textures that are missing.




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#40 10 years ago

I actually forgot to ask.....you guys mentioned random glitches/crashes if the card dies out on me. Would that occur even if I took out the video card?

Well here's two cards that I might buy:

Newegg.com - Galaxy 84GFE6HDFEXN GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Galaxy 84GEE6HDFEXN GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

The one with 256mb memory is about $15 cheaper but also requires a 350w psu. The other requires only 300w. I've been looking around and it's likely that the psu in this 530s is 300w.

Is safe to buy the one with 350w? I'm wondering if it's even safe to buy the one with 300w, since that's the same amount as my psu. What would you guys recommend?