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new psu/hdd compatibility

By danger55
Sep 24, 2006
  1. Hi

    I am looking at getting a new psu and hdd but after a heap of searching the internet to determine compatibility with my existing system, I'm still not 100% sure.

    I'm thinking of an Antec ATX Smartpower 450W ver2 and a Maxtor250G 7200rpm 16M cache HDD.

    My existing specs are...
    DFI AD77 VIAKT400 (not Infinity model)
    Award BIOS v6.00PG
    AMD Athlon 2800+ (Barton core)
    2x256M PC3200 HTL
    1x512M PC3200 Kingmax SuperRam
    nVidia Geforce 6600GT 128M AGP
    Soundblaster Audigy2
    WinXP Pro

    Do you think the new psu/hdd would be suitable for this setup?
    Thanks
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

  3. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Thanks for that. I think 450W will be enough for my system.
    What about the hdd. I've heard mixed reports about Maxtor- mostly pretty good. Anyone had any experience with them?

    Cheers
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I had a Maxtor die on my recently. Click, click, click, boom. In general Maxtor drives are quite good for the dollar (as they are usually very cheap). If it is priced good, I wouldn't run away from one.

    Little useless info -> Maxtor is now owned by Seagate.
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    You can also try Western Digital hdd's. They're pretty good, quick, and silent. I love the Caviars SE.

    Or get a Seagate, they're cheap, and offer a 5 year guarantee :)
     
  6. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Ahh Maxtor, I own probbably six or eight of them and have never had one die on me while in use. not stating what might have happened once I nolonger used it. actually using five of them right now on two coputers in this house.
     
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