Power Req. New Build

January 1, 2010 at 19:21:07
Specs: Windows XP, XP 3000+
Building a new computer.

I'm thinking of holding off on purchasing a new video card. As a result, I'm questioning whether or not I need to purchase a new power supply. If I'm just running on board graphics, do I have enough total watts and amps on the 12v?

Here is the Power Supply (from my current system).


Here is my plan for a new build:









OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

In addition, I also currently have:

2 120mm Case Fans
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card (Win 7 may or may not support it. In that case, I'll just use onboard audio).
Leadtek Winfast 2000/xp deluxe tv tuner card

Would that little 350W be enough power for this new system, or should I just bite the bullet and purchase a new power supply with my new build?


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January 1, 2010 at 20:25:05
As long as you don't install a video card, you *should* be OK. Then again, 26A on the +12v rail isn't too awfully bad. You should be able to install a cheap Radeon HD4350 & run Hybrid Crossfire.

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January 1, 2010 at 22:44:45
Ok, thanks, Jam.

Well, I haven't made any final decisions yet. I"m just not sure how far the 3300 igp will go. I don't play any new titles, only source engine games (mainly Team Fortress 2). I have really no idea how this game will play with just the onboard. Now, if that is not enough power for that game, which video card and power supply would you recommend?

BTW, do you think my current copy of Windows XP for system builders will work on my new build? My guess is no, but others have stated it *may* work. I guess I could always install windows 2000 for 6 months before it loses support in July, and save $104 on my build.

Yesterday, I found out that I could get windows 7 professional for $29.99 because I am a student. Strangely, I received an email confirmation from microsoft stating I qualify for this offer. The caveat is that I just graduated in December, but my school email still works. That is how they determine whether or not you are a student. Microsoft states you must have a valid email address from the university + be enrolled in 0.5 units--would like to know how they check that. I got as far as entering my credit card information in the online store before I bailed out. Now, would it be dishonest for me to take advantage of this offer?

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