Would appreciate PSU advice...

By pizzada
Feb 15, 2005
  1. Hi...I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this Sparkle PSU was OK ?

    I am already at maximum budget, so if it is no good, then is there a decent alternative for the same cost?

    Here is what it will run:
    1) Athlon XP 2800+ (Barton)
    2) Asus A7v880 MotherBoard
    3) 1 Maxtor 80 gig Hard Drive
    4) 1 'LiteOn' CD/RW drive
    5) and a Rosewill ATI Radeon 9600XT graphics card.

    Also, if you have any suggestions, here is what I have put together at :

    I am fairly set on the Athlon/Asus combo, but am open to ideas.

    Thanks, peace... :D

    PS: Is the OEM Windows XP gonna work ?
  2. isatippy

    isatippy TS Rookie Posts: 497

    it should work ok :hotouch: how much ram are you getting
  3. pizzada

    pizzada TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 72

    Well, Im looking at 2 256MB sticks of Kingston ram (matching, for DUAL channel purposes)...The board has 4 DIMM slots though, so I was hoping I could upgrade to a gig at least with 2 more sticks down the road.
  4. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Avoid it get a RAidmax ,Antech thermotake OCZ this a pretty cheap ps >> Get a better power power supply is overlooked and very important part of a computer .What is important to remember is efficenty of the power supply oyu need a rating of at least 70% or greater ...All the above brands have this as wella s a few more ..

    Think about a different one.
  5. pizzada

    pizzada TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 72

    Well, I found this Antec for the same cost..but it is only 300 watts, and after trying to make some sense of amperes/volts/rails head is spinning.. :giddy:

    the output is: Output: +3.3V@20A; +5V@30A; -5V@0.5A; +12V@15A; -12V@0.5A; +5VSB@2A
    the efficiency rating is>= 68%

    Ya' know, an ants brain is processes over 1.2 trillion ((yes, that's trillion with a 'T')) calculations per is self reproducing....can lift 10 times its body weight...and it operates on micro-watts of power.

    Give me a MoBo/CPU combo that can do that I don't have to spend $100 bucks on a PSU !!! :D
  6. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Well the 100$ range is where the 70% efficenty comes in at.. Just saying spend a little more to have less headaches later ..

    Like I was saying a power supply is the most over looked !
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  8. pizzada

    pizzada TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 72

    I know what you're saying is right, just hurts knowin it, is all.

    I don't wanna blow up a whole new system over an extra $30...but Im sure you know how it is to be right at the limit..even over already...and then have to sacrifice some other part of the system.
    I wont be buying for at least a week, so maybe by then NewwEgg will have a sale on one of my parts, so I could use the extra in a better PSU.

    BTW, thanks realblack..I searched the forum for hours yestdy for PSU stuff, and it was hard to find much directly about PSUs.

    I still wish we could rig an ants brain to the circuit board a lot cheaper for parts, and the electric bill wouldn't be so high either . :monkey:

  9. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    The last thing i would scrimp $$ on would be a PS...
    Given your specs for the time being i would just get a CD-Rom drive and save up for a burner...
    That or i would offer to clean out my neighbor's garage this weekend for 30 bucks. :)

    patio. :cool:
  10. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Here is a list of the wattage and voltage each computer takes keep this.. For your records.


    OLDER CPU 20-40W +3.3V

    ATHLON XP, 60-90W +12V
    ATHLON 64

    MOTHERBOARD 20-30W +3.3V,+V AND 12V

    RAM 20W per 256 +3.3v

    PCI CARD 5-10W +5V

    AGP VIDEO 20-50W +5VAND/OR+12V
    (3.3VFROM MOBO)

    CPU CASE FAN 2-4W +12V

    5,4000RPM HDD 5-10W +5AND +12V

    7,2000RPM HDD 5-15W +5AND +12V

    10,000RPM HDD 5-20W +5 AND +12V

    FLOPPY 5 W +5 AND +12V

    CD/DVD DRVE 10-20W +5 AND +12V


    LED 1W EACH +12 OR +5
  11. pizzada

    pizzada TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 72

    thanks tbrunt..

    A breakdown is very helpful,

    I guess it's time to find a broom....and a neighbor with a dirty garage. :blackeye:

  12. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,343   +6

    If you just want to calculate watts, here is a calculator that will do it for you, with a little help from you of course.
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