It's been a long while (need a case and power supply)

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Lifer
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My old Antec 1080 seems to be going out on me (well, the power supply is, and I want a quieter case).

Right now, I have an MSI motherboard (honestly, I can't remember the model #), a P4 3.06, Radeon 9800, 4 HD's, a DVD burner, and a CD burner running off of it.

I've got a 430w PSU running all of this right now, I think -- and I'm wondering if a 380w (the one that comes with the Antec Sonata) would be adequate. I've heard good things about them, and would like a quieter setup if possible. Anyone know if this would fit the bill?

thanks,
Rob
 

MDE

Lifer
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It's more than enough. I have an older Sonata (newer ones have slightly beefier PSUs) and my system runs without a hitch.
 

Rhoel

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Mine is working fine with my setup. And I have a a64 3000+ oc'd to 2.6ghz and a 6800gt oc'd past ultra speeds. Seems to have power to spare. Reading all the hoopla makes me almost want to waste 100+ bucks, but it's not going to make a difference in my overclock or stablility.
 

SunSamurai

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Its not about if YOUR systems run fine. Its about if HIS will, and with four hard drives 380 with that setup is close. It should run, but he wont have much room to upgrade anything unless he wants the possibility of a fire later on.
 

Rhoel

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Possiblility of fire? From lightning? LOL Just wanted to give a him a little info about our experiences with the sonata and it's power supply we know it's not about OUR systems.
 

MDE

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The worst thing that can happen is the system randomly restarts. If that happens just unplug a drive or two until you can get a new PSU.
 

CraigRT

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more than enough. 380W is 2x what that system actually needs.
I hafe systems like that at work that run on Sparkle 300's for years without a problem. they don't even run hot.
 

batmanuel

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I'm running a 3.4GHz Prescott off of a Sonata's PSU (one of the models 24A on the +12V rail) with no issues. The wattage rating doesn't tell the whole story with this PSU.
 

MrSmithers

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Ok, I have:
P4 2.4C OC'ed to 3.0
1 Gig PC-4200 Ram
6800 OC vid card
5 HDD's
DVD-RW
CD-RW
120MM fan
TV card, Sound card, floppy drive, CPU fan.

All of this is running off the Sonata's PSU(mine is an older one with only +18A on the 12V).

I just hooked a multimeter (not the most expensive in the world, but a decent digital model) to the +12V rail and ran prime95 while doing a timedemo on HL2. The 12V rail fluctuated from 11.97 to 12.03. If you need better than this, buy a new PSU. Otherwise it is my opinion based on this experience that you ought to be alright, especially since the Sonata is a solid case and the PSU comes with it anyways.

Smithers
 

thawolfman

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Anyone know for sure that the Sonata's shipping from Newegg have 24A's on the 12v Rail? The picture still shows them @ 18A~ :)