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Can an ITX PSU Properly Power Desktop Components?


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Sneath

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3rd times the charm eh? ive written this topic twice and something ends up deleting before i can post :whistling:

Ive been working on a mod for a while now and theres one problem that always comes back to me and that is that a standard ATX PSU is just way to big and space taking. Ive had a particular one in mind, the mini-box PW-200M and the power brick
I love the size (the brick sucks but its a lot easier to shove in a corner of the case than a normal PSU) but
1: the parts listed below are probably too much for it to live for a while
2: I dont know the credibility of the brand

All the parts come from an existing desktop and its PSU is an Ultra X-Connect 500W (its modular cables are way too big anyways...)

MSI K8N Neo4-F Mobo

AMD 3700+ (64)

Radeon X-600 PCI-Express 256MB - Doesnt need additional power like newer cards do

Corsair Value Select 512MB ram (pc3200) - VS512MB400

160GB ATA133 (5400rpm) hard drive (dont know the brand, im at school)

a burner, could just be a dvd rom if power constraints demand it

3x 80mm case fans

Cool Drive 4 Which is a luxury and optional.

and how can i forget: a D-Link Wireless card (cause its a make-shift laptop)
and a few USB devices, if that really makes a difference.

About the actual case: Compaq "luggable" (1984) no, i didnt rip apart a working one...

The original case:
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0406.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0409.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0411.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0413.jpg

and what ive dont to it so far:
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http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0415.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0416.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0417.jpg
http://img.photobuck...le/IMG_0418.jpg

besides bulky cables, the problem is that Im going to put an LCD into the top of the case so it will hinge up like a laptops.
http://img.photobuck...e/IMG_0417x.jpg
but as in the picture, the top right of the screen is overlapping the PSU, and it only gives me about an inch or less of room to mount the lcd and to put in a window so that air flow and dust collection doesnt go to crap whenever the screens up. If i remember right 15" is the biggest that will fit, not by width, but because of the heigh... unless there are wide-screen 15" lcds...

speaking of windows, what would be strong enough not to buff (as ive done with acrylic case sides) but still be light? I want to put essentially a bubble around the screen (inside the case) so that its still sealed except for the fans.

Edited by Sneath, 25 January 2007 - 04:52 PM.

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Bobbydoo8

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From your description of parts list for the computer you're gonna need at least a 400 watt PSU, so the tiny one you wanted won't work.

Also for information regarding this build:
www.mini-itx.com
www.logicsupply.com

Also if you know what you're doin you can take apart the PSU and install it in the computer without the big metal box around it. I personally take no responsibility in any injury being caused by this, but I've done this many times. It helps make the PSU smaller and you can position the PSU fan any where you want around it, also making sure to ground the psu by screwing it to the case usually.

Hope some of that info helps. Saw that you typed that up about 3 times so I figured I would give ya some help :whistling:

Looks like a good build project :blink:

Edited by Bobbydoo8, 25 January 2007 - 08:24 PM.

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