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    Is this power supply going to be ample for most tasks I'm not a gamer so wont be doing SLI or crossfire!

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=446788

    My problem is my power supply is on way out so need a new one but I'm going to upgrade in a few months time when i get some money!

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    just don't want to go and by something that will be no good to me!
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    thanks for the quick response there

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    I'm confused about power supplies - I thought the important thing was the wattage and the right number of connectors (eg 24 pin, sata, etc).

    But now I see references to compatibility with CPUs and issues with motherboards. Am I missing something?

    Rgrds

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    Great choice! You should not have any problems with this PSU.

    Good luck!!

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    Best value itm i have bought corsair

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    Quote Originally Posted by corylus View Post
    I'm confused about power supplies - I thought the important thing was the wattage and the right number of connectors (eg 24 pin, sata, etc).

    But now I see references to compatibility with CPUs and issues with motherboards. Am I missing something?

    Rgrds

    Peter
    intel and amd motherboards sometimes have different power connectors. theres the p4 12v 4 pin connector, this can be used on amd mobo's too, and on some motherboards they take the eps12v connector which is 8 pin, this psu has both so no need to worry. plus its a excellent psu with 5 years warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corylus View Post
    I'm confused about power supplies - I thought the important thing was the wattage and the right number of connectors (eg 24 pin, sata, etc).

    But now I see references to compatibility with CPUs and issues with motherboards. Am I missing something?

    Rgrds

    Peter
    Wattage isn't everything. Many cheap PSU's that say they are 500W will seriously struggle to output that much when loaded, which may lead to serious problems. The stability and max current draw of the rails, specifically the +12V is also very important, as this is where your graphics card and cpu (amongst other things) draw their power from.

    Don't skimp on your PSU

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    Quote Originally Posted by corylus View Post
    I'm confused about power supplies - I thought the important thing was the wattage and the right number of connectors (eg 24 pin, sata, etc).

    But now I see references to compatibility with CPUs and issues with motherboards. Am I missing something?

    Rgrds

    Peter

    The most important thing in a PSU is the power and regulation that is delivered on thee 12V rail

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    With the previous warnings, I would add that a Corsair 520w PSU certainly isn't skimping, all the reviews I've seen show it to be a reliable model with good output on the 12v rail.

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    again thanks for all your help i think its going to a corsair hx520 after the weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar_VPR View Post
    Wattage isn't everything. Many cheap PSU's that say they are 500W will seriously struggle
    Thanks for the response - I can understand that quality tells but what does it mean when a PSU says something like "Intel Pentium 4. & AMD K7/K8 CPU compatible"?
    Is that just BS?

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    It means it supplies 12v over an extra 4 pin cable which the motherboard feeds directly to the CPU I think.

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    Is that just BS?
    Even the worst PSUs on the market today have that on them.
    For non-sli choose a PSU with at least 28A on the 12V rail

    For SLI/CrossFire chose a PSU with at least 34A on the 12V rail......

    Stick with that and you should be OK.

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    The Corsair 520w psu is manufactured by Seasonic for them, who are regarded as one of the best in the business, at non-rip off prices.

    Seems the enthusiast market is wisening up these days, with Seasonic making power supplies for more of the brand renaming makes.

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