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Old 07-02-2011, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Next build. RAM/PSU question.

I'm back, time for the next build. My other one is quite outdated.
So, I know most of what I want. Ish. (And, I've switched from Intel to AMD, ;P)


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RAM (x1)

I don't really know what kind of wattage I need from the PSU, so I'm kinda just hoping for a good guess.

I've also heard a lot of back and forth about DDR3 RAM when you don't have an i7. Seems most people I know say don't even bother, I just don't understand how it's so popular.

And of course I'm open to all other suggestions.
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Scratch the WD Green drive for now. The Green drives save energy but are slow. Grab a smaller Black drive.
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Default Re: Next build. RAM/PSU question.

This is the cheapest power supply I would buy for a basic setup for the parts you have listed.
Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

But if it was up to me I would buy this so that I had some extra headroom for future upgrades.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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Thanks Trotter, didn't realize that.
And Slaymate, I'm planning on future upgrades, so I was definitely looking for something like CORSAIR, and I like that one.

I have an old IDE HDD that has most of my data on it right now, so I know that will get retired. Is there something I can do to hook it up until I can pull off files?

So I guess I'll be going with DDR3, as far as 1333: 10600, 10660, and 10666, does it really matter?
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Default Re: Next build. RAM/PSU question.

To an everyday user, no. To an overclocker, yes.
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Okay, I think it's done. Any final input?

Also: This should do the trick for allowing me to continue using an IDE HDD, correct? (I already have the power adapter)
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I don't believe that adapter will work because it is for plugging a SATA drive into an IDE cable. Not the other way around. I may be wrong though so you should get confirmation from a more experienced member.
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Yeah, I think this plugs from a SATA drive to your motherboard's IDE port.
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Oh man, the phrasing on these makes it slightly difficult.
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Heh, yeah. You have to read between the lines.

You can use something like this: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-215 VIA PCI SATA 1.5G x2 / ATA 133 (IDE) x1 Controller Card
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