power supply strength?
thinking of making myself a new pc at easter
what kind of wattage psu do you think i need with this lot? 600?
Intel 775 P43 mobo
4GB DDR2 / 1066 (2x2GB)
core 2 duo e7400
arctic cooling freezer 7 pro
HIS Radeon 4850
1 sata drive + 2 IDE drives
Oddly enough, the wattage isn't the most important thing to look at, especially when you're putting together a fairly sharp system like that. First and foremost, brand and model. Avoid anything cheap, a decent 400w supply will be a hundred times better and safer than a cheap 1000w supply.
The PSU is the single most important part of the entire computer, with the power (sic) to damage any single other component, or all of them together should something go a bit dodgy.
So, wattage : around 450 should be absolute bare minimum, however I would probably consider looking at the 520w Corsair models to start with.
Brands to look for: Corsair/Seasonic, Enermax, Tagan, Akasa, Antec, PC Power and Cooling/FSP. Probably forgotten a couple as I've a crap memory. Avoid anything 1. cheap or 2. made by Qtec and sold not-very-cheaply by PC World.
I buy zalman ones cos I value quietness :D