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I have a new install of windows 7, so no problems there smile.gif

I'm definately going with the SilverStone PSU.
I'm not sure about the motherboard, I was under the impression that most OEM stuff was poor quality, or is it mainly the power supplies?

Should I be fine with no overclocking?
I suppose it doesn't make much sense to change it tongue.gif
Can you put an AM3 CPU in an AM2+ socket?

Thanks again smile.gif
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post #12 of 15
Yeah, you can put AM3 CPUs in AM2+ sockets, but that depends entirely on BIOS support.


The Strider 450W SFX is the best PSU you can get for SFX applications right now. Actually, it's the most powerful you can get, so yeah, very good choice. It's got enough juice to power a 6870 comfortably, so no worries there.

As for the board, most mITX boards are limited to 95W TDPs, but that ASUS board seems to be the exception. Check with ASUS if your 125W 955 will fit, the Phenom II compatibility might be for their X2s instead.
 
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Unfortunately, the Asus board does not support 125W TDP chips. They only handle up to 95W unless you put VRM cooling on the VRMs. These: Link

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Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post
I'm not sure about the motherboard, I was under the impression that most OEM stuff was poor quality, or is it mainly the power supplies?

Should I be fine with no overclocking?
I suppose it doesn't make much sense to change it
Don't bother changing it for the sake of changing it. Change it only if it fails, or if it no longer does what you want (for a CPU upgrade or something). I guess one "reason" would be that the PCIe x16 slot is at the bottom, thus negating use of a dual slot graphics card (if one will fit the length of the case).

The case is actually laid out similar to a Lian Li PC-Q07/Q11, excepting for the HDD bays. and use of smaller PSU & fan.

If you change motherboard to mini ITX, you will lose the slot that your WiFi card is in. Some ITX boards have WiFi built-in, but don't worry if it doesn't because USB WiFi adapters are plentiful and cheap.

If you decide you really want to change the motherboard as well as the RAM (since most newer boards are DDR3) then you may as well change CPUs too. Go with a nice Core i5. You will get better gaming performance than any AMD CPU plus it will use less power, so more juice for a higher end graphics card (if one will fit).

I have the Silverstone ST45SF PSU happily running a Core i5-2500K and GeForce GTX 460, with juice to spare.
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post #15 of 15
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Don't bother changing it for the sake of changing it. Change it only if it fails, or if it no longer does what you want (for a CPU upgrade or something). I guess one "reason" would be that the PCIe x16 slot is at the bottom, thus negating use of a dual slot graphics card (if one will fit the length of the case).

The case is actually laid out similar to a Lian Li PC-Q07/Q11, excepting for the HDD bays. and use of smaller PSU & fan.

If you change motherboard to mini ITX, you will lose the slot that your WiFi card is in. Some ITX boards have WiFi built-in, but don't worry if it doesn't because USB WiFi adapters are plentiful and cheap.

If you decide you really want to change the motherboard as well as the RAM (since most newer boards are DDR3) then you may as well change CPUs too. Go with a nice Core i5. You will get better gaming performance than any AMD CPU plus it will use less power, so more juice for a higher end graphics card (if one will fit).

I have the Silverstone ST45SF PSU happily running a Core i5-2500K and GeForce GTX 460, with juice to spare.
Thanks for this, good to know someone's running that PSU with more than I'll be using it with

Cheers for all the replies - I'll keep my current motherboard, but add the Silverstone ST45SF

Thanks again
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