Originally Posted by aweir
500W is overkill IMHO. The stability of the rails is far more important than wattage. Don't just buy the highest wattage power supply you see. Use common sense...stick with Thermaltake, Aspire, Antec ect. (the MAJOR brandnames) therefore you get quaility, and stable voltage, which is better. Id say anywhere around 400W is more than plenty. Where are you poeple getting your power requirements from?
In reality the "WATT" rating on may PS don't amount to JACK!
Any current system with a power in depandant vid card needs a minimum of 24a total on the 12v+ rail(s)
I've see rated 500w PS with less than my antec 350w
Originally Posted by gabe1231
i was looking at CFing my system, but the benchmarks i've read don't seem to live up to the hype.
edit: i'm looking at the Raptors. 74gb one is on sale on newegg. Besides from faster loading times, what else will perform better? and how hard are they to install when i already have an IDE drive?
The Raptor may require a full OS reload ans the below suggestion wil most definatly.
If your up to it a good pair of 80g SATA drives in RAID 0 will perform very well and cost about $110. Either the WD800JB or the MAxtor Diamond Max 10 work very well. You MUST have 2 of the exact same drives.