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case & psu ????

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case & psu ????

getting a athlon 64 3200 motherboard bundle

ATX CASE

need a case and a good psu can anyone tell me the best case to get and whats the best psu 350w 400w 450w 500w 600w

around £50.00 Huh

thanks
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case & psu ????

If you mean £50 for both then your really limiting the quality of what you can buy,

The best power supply you could buy would be this:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=256343

Its really cheap aswell but it scores well in reviews, the 400W version of this PSU is out of stock at scan but its said to be th 3rd best mid-range PSU available.

This should be 100% compatible with your motherboard.

And get this case:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=208157

£5 over your estimated target but that case is amazing and I have one myself.

Click here to see my case obviously I have done a lot of modding to get it like that though Smiley

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Whatever you do dont buy a case that comes with a PSU because the PSU will be really cheap and tacky. Also dont buy a generic PSU, one with no brand because they are also cheap and tacky. The main reason why alot of people have unstable computers is due to them using a cheap PSU. The power supply I mentioned should be good, but once you have more money I would suggest you purchase another one.
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case & psu ????

Yep nothing at all wrong with that PSU. I have used several and non have failed yet.
So don't be put off by the cheap price.
I have also used this case and psu for many PC's and again its very good value for money.
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case & psu ????

eww thats a horrid psu! i dout very much if it can even output 350w sustaind! and it doesnt even have sepeate volatage rails for each chain! then again its not a very intensive psu so it may be ok, but you really should get an enermax or an antec (antec rule).

Ps to some one that owns that psu already, how heavy is it? as if it isnt heavy its naff :p
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case & psu ????

Antec do very well made cases and PSU's.

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3HHZ&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=antec&PageMode=3&Search...

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=381R&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=antec&PageMode=3&Search...

I use this:
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=2QJP&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=antec&PageMode=3&Search...

Very well constructed, keeps everything nice quiet, easy access via side door, hard drive bay removed in the flick of a switch, and washable air filter Smiley

HTH
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eww thats a horrid psu! i dout very much if it can even output 350w sustaind! and it doesnt even have sepeate volatage rails for each chain! then again its not a very intensive psu so it may be ok, but you really should get an enermax or an antec (antec rule).

Ps to some one that owns that psu already, how heavy is it? as if it isnt heavy its naff :p


Well its big brother the 400W one for £30ish from Scan runs a stable voltage on all rails at 100 per cent load. The Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP500PGB for £65 notes is rubbish in comparision. On 100 percent load its 12V2 rail dropped to 11V (thats below the allowed 11.4V), and thats the rail that powers the CPU lol.

Enermax PSUs also rarely output the stated rails. Alot of reviewers will say they are good but when they are tested properly alot turn out not to be as great as they are. This is because there is only 1 place in Europe that can even properly load test PSUs, and thats in Hamburg.

From those results that were produced there the best PSUs for your money are:
Seasonic, Akasa and FSP.

From a money point of view he wont get a better PSU than the one I stated, this is because the only other PSUs around that price point are generic such as the ones you get in the case bundles. And this will out perform any generic PSU 2:1 standing on its head heh.

But yes you are correct it is ATX V1.3 not V2.0 so it does not have seperate rails. But PSUs for less than £25 notes with seperate rails will be hard to find and even then they will not perform nowhere near what is needed from a stability point of view.
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psu

THANKS ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND REPLAYING TO MY MESSAGE

THE MOTHERBOARD THAT I AM GOING TO GET IS A ASROCK 939 DUEL-SATA2
WITH A ATHLON 3200 64 VENICE

WILL THE PSU FIT ANY CASE YOU BUY
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case & psu ????

Aslong as the case is ATX yes it will.
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CASE ETC

THIS IS THE BUNDLE I AM GETTING IS THIS CASE ANY GOOD OR JUST GET THE CPU AND M/BOARD Huh?




http://www.advancetec.co.uk/acatalog/AMD_64_UPGRADE.html#1854
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case & psu ????

build it your self bit by bit, scavanging the web for each part to get the best deal, check pcindex.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk, overclock.co.uk,ebuyer,komplett etc etc to make sure you get the cheepist bit Wink
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case & psu ????

I would recommend the Akasa PaxPower PSU's they are pretty good, can output a sustained 400W or 460W depending on which model you get, are compatible with EPS power standards as well as the regular ATX, have dual 12v rails so have a fairly beefy power output.