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Hey all,

So i had a question and was also going to be looking for a new power supply.

So question first is, what does the atx stand for? Such as my power supply, has atx in the name. And what does it mean?

Now for the power supply, are they all the same size according to measurements? I want to get a new one but that will fit into my case - Cooler Master Elite 310. So what would you guys recommend for a power supply that will fit into my case?

Thanks Customx3
    
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post #2 of 4
I believe the Power Supply chapter of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atx will answer your question thoroughly.
In a nutshell though, the ATX specification defines standards of physical size, connectors, voltage regulation and ripple suppression. PSUs are typically the same width and height so they fit in standard cases, but their depths can vary, especially with higher wattage units that extend farther back into the case (due to them having more internal components).
Your case should be able to accommodate most PSUs out there.
Edited by Shub - 2/18/11 at 2:18pm
post #3 of 4
PSUs follow the ATX form factor (unless specified otherwise), but the electrical standards outlined in the original ATX guidelines are obsolete. Power supplies should now all follow the ATX12V 2.x standards.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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PowerCase
Logisys 480W ATX psu Cooler Master Elite 310, black modified 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital WD5000AAKs 500gb Lite On 22x Dvd dual layer +- r/rw Vista Ultimate 32 bit AOC 20" lcd 1600x900 
PowerCase
Logisys 480W ATX psu Cooler Master Elite 310, black modified 
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