I bought my PC at a local PC store a ways back (year and a half) for much cheaper than I could build (seriously, I was looking around) and have been very satisfied. Its a pentium 4 3ghz. But...after adding: 2 gigs of ram, a video card, a tv capture card, a firewire card, a wireless card, an extra DVD burner an 2 HDs my 320 watt power supply is no longer working for me.
I don't have much money, though, to spend. My case is also beat to **** (Oem cases break whenever I try to open them, heh). Newegg is running a free after rebates case without a power supply. So I figure I'll rebuild my PC witth the power it needs.
If I bought a second power supply, I could have 2 and it would be cheaper. I could use one to power the MB and cards and the other to power my drives. Is this a good idea? Would there be a major heat concern? Is it better off to just buy a bigger power supply...if so, how much do you think I'd need?
I've used those calculators...and they confuse me, haha. I've built most of my PCs, but I just buy the parts and put it together, don't know too much about the technical aspect of it.
Price is definitely a concern. What do you think would be best? I see newegg as a 300w and a 500w up for under $10, HOW sucky are these? They have 1 year warranties..so if they go out I could just replace them, right?
Any advice would be helpful.