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    im confused with power supplies now :(

    WHat's up guys, I'm kind of confused now. I've looked up all kind of things and posts and i'm lost and then not lost..lol

    I'm working with DELL computers and I'll get hooked up with a P4, 2.4Mhz, Motherboard with chip/memory. so I can also choose one of the other motherboards if i need to. so well,.. I want to use the M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU and it looks to be a good choice for the price.

    now I look around on different posts and people are telling each other this >M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU < would not be enough power for a P$ system....

    I'm confused what i should use now. I know that I should use a 2.5 HD because of the watt i can save compared to a 3.5 HD. I guess if i use the onboard Soundcard instead the Soundblaster PCI card i will save a few more Watts.

    now back to the point, what should i do? is this M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU enough?

    should i get me a AMD motherboard or maybe one of the celeron board with i really hate.

    I need some advice ...

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    I'll get hooked up with a P4, 2.4Mhz,
    HOLY HELL THAT IS FAST!!!!

    Search for power consumption calculators, there are quite a few of them.
    should i get me a AMD motherboard or maybe one of the celeron board with i really hate.
    I run a 2.8 ghz celeron, 512 ram, 3.5 hd, audigy 2 and a linksys card on the opus 150.

    The answer is yes, you should get a celeron, unless you have plans to run more than the average software in your car.

    oh yeah heres a link.
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    well i can get one of the celerons out of our dell computers here. so i guess i should be good then... i might can get a Pentium3 1.2, u think that shoudl do too?

    how fast does ur carputer bootup from the time u turn ur ignition?

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    Haha well there are so many things that effect the boot speed, my cpu really isn't one of them though.

    However i've gotten boot times ranging from 25ish seconds to 60+ seconds.

    I would take the p4 celeron over the p3 though.
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    Before you get smoked

    Quote Originally Posted by flavor4real View Post
    WHat's up guys, I'm kind of confused now. I've looked up all kind of things and posts and i'm lost and then not lost..lol

    I'm working with DELL computers and I'll get hooked up with a P4, 2.4Mhz, Motherboard with chip/memory. so I can also choose one of the other motherboards if i need to. so well,.. I want to use the M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU and it looks to be a good choice for the price.

    now I look around on different posts and people are telling each other this >M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU < would not be enough power for a P$ system....

    I'm confused what i should use now. I know that I should use a 2.5 HD because of the watt i can save compared to a 3.5 HD. I guess if i use the onboard Soundcard instead the Soundblaster PCI card i will save a few more Watts.

    now back to the point, what should i do? is this M2-ATX 160W Intelligent DC-DC PSU enough?

    should i get me a AMD motherboard or maybe one of the celeron board with i really hate.

    I need some advice ...

    Before Wired comes in with his flamethrower, let me tell you about the FAQ section... It will tell you that an AMD is not a good choice for a Mobo

    This is explained in the FAQ, AMD pulls alot of power, i tried, trust me, the only thing i cud get it to do was get the fan to spin like 5 times and cut off.

    On the FAQ Section, there is a link that will show you how much of Giggawatts your processor will eat

    Good luck, i think that the Mini Itx is the best option here Btw, but that is my option
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    Quote Originally Posted by slipmatt View Post
    Before Wired comes in with his flamethrower, let me tell you about the FAQ section... It will tell you that an AMD is not a good choice for a Mobo

    This is explained in the FAQ, AMD pulls alot of power, i tried, trust me, the only thing i cud get it to do was get the fan to spin like 5 times and cut off.

    On the FAQ Section, there is a link that will show you how much of Giggawatts your processor will eat

    Good luck, i think that the Mini Itx is the best option here Btw, but that is my option
    You're making comparisons and broad generalizations based on very limted research.
    MiniITX is a formfactor, nothing more. There's a miniITX P4 board which, when paired with the right CPU, could draw more power than just about anything out there.

    AMD is a company that makes a wide range of CPUs. I have an AMD CPU running in my truck with no problems right now. My AMD CPU pulls a comparatively paltry 40w. AMD makes CPUs that draw even less. Ever hear of the Geode? How about the Turion?

    Fact is, there are both Intel and AMD CPUs that draw assloads of power. There are also CPUs from both manufacturers that draw very little power.

    Rather than paint one company or the other as the one whose CPUs draw too much power, do some more in-depth research, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
    The same can be said for an entire line of CPUs. Many people have said that Celerons draw less power than P4s, which isn't true in all cases. A Prescott-core Celeron D at clocking at 2.53Ghz draws more power than Northwood-core Pentium 4 clocked at the same speed.

    As I've stated to flavor4real in another thread, you need to find out exactly what model P4 is in that Dell, then look up it's power draw on Chris' Hare's CPU electrical chart. Use that for a baseline to determine what PSU you need. It's nowhere near exact, but it's going to give you the maximum power draw for your CPU.
    When you're making calculations to determine what PSU to use, it's not something you want to make guesses about. You want to know exactly, otherwise you're going to purchase a PSU that isn't sufficient for your setup, wasting time and money on your project. The goal is to do it right the first time.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Sorry

    The Moderator has spoken

    plz accept my deepest apologies i have tried my AMD 2 Gigga processor... didnt work, tried P4, didnt work, then decided that i am wasting time and money...again

    And decided to buy an Ampie Now i am happy with myself
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    You do realize that 'ampie' refers to a case, and implies that you choose to go with the mini itx form factor, and nothing else right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonknell911 View Post
    You do realize that 'ampie' refers to a case, and implies that you choose to go with the mini itx form factor, and nothing else right?
    I Am soo misunderstood


    I Bought the Ampie case, Mobo...

    I Feel like a noob now
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    Well if you bought the pre-built pc that comes in the ampie case, then you have a EPIA M10000 mobo , unless you choose a different motherboard and paid extra.
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