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    Thumbs up [RESOLVED] CORSAIR hx 520 or hx 620 for my first build??

    first of all great site! been lurking for a while and did use the PS calculator & searched some threads but I'd like y'alls opinion.


    this is my first build and will be a HUGE improvement over the DELL I'm running. I want this build to last for years to come. I know it will get outdated but again it will be a huge improvement and I want it to last. had the DELL since 03


    I'm not a gamer at all and do not plan to OC. I will use the box mostly for audio editing and some very lite video editing here and there (besides basic internet use, downloading/uploading etc). I'm not a professional and all editing (audio and video) is for my own use. just want fast & reliable


    here's what I got so far.

    motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 (may use the built in sound/coax out, or may use my audiophile 24/96 soundcard)

    video card
    EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported (won't use SLI so I am open to other suggestions)


    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775


    CPU fan
    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler


    ram
    4 gigs 2 x Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (I know it'll only run 3.5 or so with 32 bit)


    a card reader (not sure if it'll work with my MB?)

    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820162016


    I already have the case (Antec 900 w/ 3 120mm fans)


    I will have two SATA internal hard drives. one 80gig for OS/programs and one 500gig for storage. I also have two usb externals (160 & 200gig) a wireless mouse, printer etc.


    I will have one DVD burner (non sata I think, haven't picked yet) also a flat screen LCD. haven't picked the model yet.


    from what I've read/understand the video card will be the biggest power hog. the specs on mine should work with the 520 but is everything else gonna push it over??

    so should the hx520 do it or should I go with the hx620??


    thanks and sorry for the n00b questions
    Last edited by gordonlw; December 23rd, 2007 at 09:18 PM.

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    The Corsair HX520 should be quite sufficient.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinma
    The Corsair HX520 should be quite sufficient.
    thanks. the PS calculator had be anywhere from 590-620 watts. I know it's not 100% accurate but it had me worried. would running the 620 add significant life over the 520??

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    Not sure how you got those figures
    but
    That being the situation,
    You can play it safe and purchase a HX620.

    From personal experience,
    It is a nice quality & quiet PSU.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinma
    Not sure how you got those figures
    .

    I'm a noob did it again and noticed a few things I did wrong. reading 429 now.

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    That sounds more likely...
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    Feedback on the card reader.

    How that works is it plugs into the motherboard's USB ports to add more USB ports..So in the end that's a USB device.

    Long answer short, yes, it should work with any modern motherboard.
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    Not familiar with the Koutech brand.
    The last two times I ended purchasing a front I/O card reader,
    Due to past negative experiences with cheap USB cards and front readers,
    I just decided to play it safe and paid for the Silverstone.
    The con is its' price premium.

    Those to avoid would be models using ALi and VIA chips.

    Those using NEC chips generally has good feedbacks.
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