It’s been a while since I’ve been in to hard-core PC geekery, but that 8800GT I picked up has certainly seen me geeking it up a bit more than usual. When the crappy 400W PSU in there started playing up the other day then, I wasn’t overly upset — I’d never been terribly happy with it, so I was glad to have an excuse to buy a new one. Post-Xmas is a terrible, terrible time to go PC component shopping, but luckily, MSY is one of the few shops that isn’t shut for the next week or so, and they stock a few decent PSUs.
I ended up going with an Antec TruePower Trio 430W, which has plenty of juice for my fairly modest system. It’s nice and quiet, with a single temperature-controlled 120mm fan, rather than the two fixed-speed 80mm fans in my old PSU, and it has nice sleeves on all the cables, which helps keep the case layout nice and clean. Since it’s not prehistoric, it also has a PCI-e cable, and enough SATA power cables to power my drives, which has let me eliminate a bunch of molex-to-blah adapters, further reducing cable clutter. The best part, though, is that it has special fan-only molex connectors, which power any connected fans through the same temperature control as the PSU’s internal fan. My case has 120mm fans front and rear that have, until now, been left unplugged because of the noise they make spinning at 3000rpm. They’re virtually silent on the PSU’s fan controller though, while still doing a surprisingly good job.
The next upgrade will have to be the CPU cooler. It still works just fine, even with our current temperatures, and the fact that my 1.86Ghz Core 2 Duo is now running at 2.55Ghz (ah, overclocking… it’s been a while), but it has to run at 2000-3000rpm to keep up, which is definitely loud enough to bug me. It looks like a Scythe Ninja is the way to go, but I think I’ll have to wait until some other shops are open before I’ll be able to find one.