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Old July 28, 2008, 02:21 AM
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I'm currently building a MATX comp for Lanning and I am wondering if 520w is enough...
I am running a dual core e7200, dvd drive, 2gb RAM, EVGA 8800 GT video card.

Also, I would like to put some red LEDs in the power supply I end up getting. As most of you probably know, it is almost impossible to find a PSU with red LEDs in it. So I am wondering what is the best/easiest/safest PSU to do a fan replacement on...
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Old July 28, 2008, 03:25 AM
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Yes, there is no reason 520W wouldn't work for you. But any reason your looking specifically at a 520W

I got this one "Corsair TX750W" for my rig, and it will be great if you want to upgrade in the future
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=CORSAIR?

This one, OCZ StealthXStream 600W, would work great for you though, only 54.99:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=OCZ Technology

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Old July 28, 2008, 03:35 AM
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Oh but if your really into the LED's, this one would be easy to replace with red leds, and is still a good PSU at a good price.

OCZ GameXStream 600W - 85.51
http://www.directcanada.com/products...anufacture=OCZ
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Old July 28, 2008, 03:58 AM
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Or, you can buy my PSU, which is the OCZ GameXstream 700W. Its better to futureproof than have to buy a new PSU in the future, isn't it?

My FS thread: FS: E6750, 680i, GameXstream, 8800GTX, Ipod, TRUE

I might be able to give you it for a lower price, since I need the money.
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Old July 28, 2008, 07:14 AM
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Just keep in mind that opening the PSU instantly voids the warranty. Also, be careful with your hands in the PSU. If you've opened them before, you should know that you can get a good jolt. Most PSU's are built in the same "layout", so no one PSU should really be any easier to change fan's in..than any other. Make sure that you don't put in a slower fan than what's in there already(just for the sake of LED's)... as you want lots of air cooling the components inside. GL
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Old July 28, 2008, 07:26 PM
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great thanks for the tips guys.
I've only opened a PSU once and I didn't touch anything inside...
Are the fans usually "plugged" into something or would I have to do some soldering?
I'd have to look up how exactly to replace the fan without dying of electric shock though

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Or, you can buy my PSU, which is the OCZ GameXstream 700W. Its better to futureproof than have to buy a new PSU in the future, isn't it?

My FS thread: FS: E6750, 680i, GameXstream, 8800GTX, Ipod, TRUE

I might be able to give you it for a lower price, since I need the money.
hehe. Nice try infiniti but no thanks. The PSU is for an 'extra' PC I am building. It's a micro ATX and it will only have 1 vid card in it. I don't think I will need a 700w for that
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great thanks for the tips guys.
I've only opened a PSU once and I didn't touch anything inside...
Are the fans usually "plugged" into something or would I have to do some soldering?
I'd have to look up how exactly to replace the fan without dying of electric shock though


hehe. Nice try infiniti but no thanks. The PSU is for an 'extra' PC I am building. It's a micro ATX and it will only have 1 vid card in it. I don't think I will need a 700w for that
Yeah, I guess you wouldn't. Anyways, if you just bought the PSU, you should be quite safe from an electric shock. If you used it or it was on before, you should wait a minimum of 5 hours before you open it up, to get rid of any dangerous voltages lurking around.

From the Antec Quattro 850W I took apart, the fan was plugged into a power connection that was two pinned. Heres a picture I took:
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Old July 29, 2008, 12:54 AM
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ah ok kinda blurry but I think I get the point.
Thanks Infiniti!
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I don't see 520 being an issue, I ran a lot off of my 520 and it keeps going along with no issues at all, if you are interested in a Corsair 520 though, give a guy a shout :)
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Yeah, have a care what fan you choose for replacement. Many power supplies, especially 'quiet' ones, run their fans at very low voltages when idling, and not all fans play nicely at those speeds. PSU's with 120mm fans (such as Corsair's HX series) will give you the largest number of replacement options.

PSU fans typically use two-pin connectors, so you'll have to adapt your replacement fan's three/four pin connector appropriately. Any re-wiring/soldering that you do, make absolutely sure you fully heatshrink/insulate the result so that you don't short anything out when you cram everything back into the unit. And make sure you point the fan the right way! (Gosh, no, never done THAT before )
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