mobo psu needs

By wiscountryboy
Jun 3, 2005
  1. My motherboard manual says that i need an ATX12v psu and i need a new psu for the new video card (geforce6600gt) but newegg has got a 480watt psu for $16 but its only atx so whats the difference??

    the both have the 4 pin thing for intel chips
    and do i really need atx12v or can i have just atx?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    ATX12v has an extra 4 way plug on it. If you are good with soldering then you can add the extra plug, I have on my PSU. All it is is 2 yellow cables (12v) and 2 blacks (0v).

    Hope that helps. Rik.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    The ATX12v has 2 separate +12v rails. This is done so that the CPU always gets enough power, regardless of other hardware attached.
    Do not go for that cheapo PSU! Get a brand name, like Fortron, Enermax or Antec.
    It'll cost you the best part of $70 or more, but your PC will thank you.
    Read other posts about powersupplies in this forum (other Hardware)
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    That's some of the best advice you'll get. Of all things, don't skimp on the power supply although I know it's very tempting. When the cheap psu burns out, it may take out some of your expensive components with it.
  5. wiscountryboy

    wiscountryboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

    alright thanks guys which psu would you take, a modular psu or the regular one?
  6. wiscountryboy

    wiscountryboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 60

  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Its something you need to decide for yourself. I will tell you my experience with psus, ive only ever used ebuyers own brand psus. Ive had 2 350 watters 1 of which blew (was my own fault but i fixed it) and i am now using one of their 550watt ones which does me fine.
  8. GoAvalanche

    GoAvalanche TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Spend as much as you can on a psu. I purchased the video card fx6600GT-good card for the money- and went from a 230w psu to a 550w ATX12v by diablo. 50.00 from TigerDirect. Its pretty quiet and provides enough power.
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

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