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Jatw, make sure that Antec 500W has enough on the 12volt rail to support the 9600GT. Can you read off the model number off the sticker? The sticker should be on the side of the power supply?

Good luck
It is the ANTEC model SP-500. Here is the spec Sheet.http://www.antec.com/specs/SP500_spe.html It is a pretty solid PSU, so I am pretty sure it will have the power.

In refference to the cheaper core build would it be less money to go with a solid 939 set up, or just go with the intel build that pbpenguins412 suggested? I think his build with a 130.00 mother board is about 470.00$ give or take a few dollars.
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Get a 8800
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It is the ANTEC model SP-500. Here is the spec Sheet.http://www.antec.com/specs/SP500_spe.html It is a pretty solid PSU, so I am pretty sure it will have the power.
Jatw, I just checked out the spec sheet and did the math. The power supply has 25amps on the 12volt rail. I'm not too sure that will be enough for total system power with a 9600GT. A PSU in the 40amp range would be more ideal.

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Jatw, I just checked out the spec sheet and did the math. The power supply has 25amps on the 12volt rail. I'm not too sure that will be enough for total system power with a 9600GT. A PSU in the 40amp range would be more ideal.

Hope this helps
he will be fine with 25amps on a single rail. more than enough to power a 9600 and whatever else he gets.
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he will be fine with 25amps on a single rail. more than enough to power a 9600 and whatever else he gets.
Master, the reason I asked is because the minimum recommended 12volt rating for the 9600GT is 26amps. Hopefully nothing gets overloaded.
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After my Antec just fried my board, RAM and minor damage to my vid card, I say ebay that sucker and get a good $65-100 PSU that is sure to get the job done. You can also get some decent $ for your DDR memory.

I'd go with a cheap Intel build right now. 939 technology is getting pretty old, doesn't seem worth it to pump more money into it for another 6-12 months. By that time you might not even be able to sell your spare parts as the technology will be getting really old. I say sell the working PSU and DDR memory while you can still get some $.

I just replaced my MB, CPU, RAM, and PSU for $260 after shipping and MIR.

$60 - Abit P35-E
$60 - Intel E2180
$65 - Corsair 550VX
$50 - 2x1GB G.Skill PC2 6400 (CAS4)

$235 Total - before shipping, after MIR

Should overclock to 3.2-3.5GHz without any trouble and keep you and me in buisness for another 1.5-2 years. Of course you'll need to add a video card to that build, but another $150-210 should get you a 9600GT or an 8800GT. You'll also need a CPU cooler, like the Tuniq Tower for $45 or the AC Freezer 64 Pro for $20 if you're on a tight budget.

And to Lins, that's a great deal on the 8800GT... how much of a factor is the "generic" brand? Should it perform the same and last just as long?
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post #17 of 19
well i have run several things on my 550w with a single 15a rail.

4000+x2
2x 8600gt
2 hd
11 fans, all 4pin
dvd drive

never had any problems. and according to neweggs little wattage calculator i would need more watts than running a single 8800gt which has a higher draw than a 9600. but to be safe you could upgrade to something a little better. check the for sale section. i think someone is selling a 600w coolermaster with a 30a rail for like $60
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well i have run several things on my 550w with a single 15a rail.

4000+x2
2x 8600gt
2 hd
11 fans, all 4pin
dvd drive

never had any problems. and according to neweggs little wattage calculator i would need more watts than running a single 8800gt which has a higher draw than a 9600. but to be safe you could upgrade to something a little better. check the for sale section. i think someone is selling a 600w coolermaster with a 30a rail for like $60
Master, I was just a little concerned for the OP
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post #19 of 19
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Thanks for all the help guys it is much appreciated. This entire set up is F-ed to say the least, if you want to read about it check the other post about boot up issues. I am thinking about buying some stuff over time like one part every few weeks and stretching my budget to the 500-600$ range. In that Range would you suggest sticking with the 8800gt, or the 9600 vid cards for what I want to run? I am looking at these two processors, so is the difference in price worth it? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115031

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116052

Edit: I found the answer already.
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