Building Low budget Computer

By larryiam
Jun 12, 2008
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  1. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    Well agreed im not going to overclock. That has already been disucssed. The fan i am going to get is 14$. and its quiter that the stock fan with better cooling.
  2. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Posts: 592

    Though the stock fan is good IMO, as I am using the stock fan from my 4000+ with my new AMD 5000+ Black Edition. :)
  3. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Why are we promoting the stock fan again?

    He currently doesn't have the stock fan, and therefore needs one. Might as well get an aftermarket one, since the stock one probably will cost him that $14 bux, or the trouble to track it down from somewhere anyway.

    Besides, one of the greatest things about a low-power computer is the silence... No noisy fans cooling stove tops here.... If you can get it quieter with a cheap aftermarket product, and you can afford to buy it, go for it!
  4. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    In that case :).

    If he is buying a fan all I really recommend is to pay attention to the amount of air the fan pushes (listed in CFM which is cubic feet per minute) and try to see which fan he is getting a better deal for. Look at a lot of the fans that are provided, see the specifications for each one and buy based on CFM output and price compared to the others.

    I just don't recommend spending $50+ on a heat sink as it is almost always overkill. Those who overclock would definitely want a good HS and fan to protect their investment (assuming they don't destroy their CPU in the process like most probably do).

    Thermal paste isn't that expensive. You could always buy a small tube and use it for an extra 1-2 degrees of protection. For the price it doesn't hurt. Then again, I've always used what was on the stock heat sink and never had a problem.
  5. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

  6. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    Well Wat do you know that coolmax power supply i ordered DOA well worked for a bout 30 seconds. So now what is a good power supply? You were right Rage_3K_Moiz!
  7. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Corsair, Enermax, etc.

    There is a list somewhere and Enermax ended up on the second list as a "second best" I guess you would call it. Corsair was in the first list. In the past I always used Enermax, but now I use Corsair. They are supposed to be some of the best power supplies you can buy today. Though either of these brands will run you normally $75-150 for the power that most people require.

    I haven't kept up much the last few years, so I can't tell you what a good "cheap" power supply will cost, but the reality of it is the less you pay, the less reliable you get. I'd just suggest everyone stay out of the < $45 range for power supplies.

    This isn't the same site I saw the list on, but this looks to be practically the same exact list.

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/101922.aspx
  8. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    what about thermaltake or ultra?
  9. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Posts: 592

  10. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Personally, as far as I know, Thermaltake is a good brand for it's market in heatsinks and power supplies. I've used a Thermaltake PSU myself and recently gave one I used to have to my parent's to use in an upgraded system. I never had any trouble out of it. I also had a large copper heat sink from Thermaltake, years ago that cost me about $50.

    I've never heard anything bad about Thermaltake, but if you had an 8800 GT or equivalent or higher video card, most of them would in my assumption not be sufficient.

    Thermaltake is on the list I linked in my post above, so their up there in quality, but it just looks to depend on what type of power supply you buy from them. How much power it has (if it's in the 600W range for example). And as far as video card's and some other hardware it's all about amps provided.

    They're probably one of the "trusted" power supplies manufacturers, which is one of the most important things. Because you ask yourself, "can I trust this company to tell me the truth about how much power it's power supply provides and does it do it reliably". As far as Thermaltake, probably, for the most part (but I'm not an expert).
  11. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    ok i was looking at that to. Do u think i should get it the thermaltake?
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    That Thermaltake PSU is a little on the weak side, but that's expected for the price it's selling at. However, I'd recommend this as a much better option since it provides 30A on the +12V rails combined for the same price as the Thermaltake PSU after the rebate, which is enough for your system and also for future upgrades. Also, Antec can be trusted to honor the rebate, so no worries about that.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)
  13. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Posts: 592

    At this point, I think it would make more sense that you buy the antec from newegg, as they honor the rebate and I can't seem to find this PSU on zipzoomfly or tigerdirect. (Well, I tried.:))
  14. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    I'd recommend searching Google for the make and model of the power supply you're thinking of buying. I'm sure you would find plenty of reviews.

    Although let me say this about reviews. Take them lightly. There aren't many power supply reviewers out there that one, know what their doing and two, have the equipment to even do it.
  15. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

  16. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    No new computer for me. :( :confused: here is my post if your wondering http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic106822.html
    See if you can give me any help thanks!!!! Hopefully i can still get my parts but the way its looking now i can't
  17. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    Back in business! Al is well thanks to Obi-Wan Jerkobi will be purchasin my system soon! Hopefully!
  18. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Posts: 592

    Glad I could help!:grinthumb
  19. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

  20. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TechSpot Maniac Posts: 592

    Which one? The top one or bottom one?
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Oh sorry, I forgot you can't order from Newegg. In that case, consider this PSU. It's cheaper after rebate than the PC Power & Cooling unit and provides about 35A on the +12V rails combined, compared to the Silencer 470's 26A. I think it's a great deal and from my experience with OCZ, they honor their rebates.
  22. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

  24. larryiam

    larryiam Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 577

    because zipzoomfly charges 10$ or more in shipping and NEWEGG charges me shipping and TAX. which for a little fan like that total in all would be including tax and shipping 20$+ So you see? thanks though
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,588   +864

    The tax on that fan would be $0.84 cents. The total came to $18.82. I couldn't find Tiger Direct's shipping rate without actually buying the fan in your link. It does suck that Newegg has a warehouse in TN, but on the bright side, everything in your order might be overnight delivery, @ UPS ground rate.

    It works out that way for me in Philly, but Newegg's warehouse is in North Jersey, and I don't get hit with the tax. I feel you on that one, since I always drive my motorcycle to Delaware to do their tax free shopping thing. I've hauled some pretty big boxes back, an Epson 13 X 19" printer comes to mind. The break even point, with current gas prices (@40 MPG) is about $70.00 total purchase


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