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31 Jul 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
Building a random computer out of extra parts

I have a motherboard, Core 2 Duo E7500, 200gb IDE hard drive, 2 sticks of ram, and 3 fans. I have a random 250 watt power supply sitting around. Do you think that would be enough?

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31 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

should be if your not running anything but that and no overclocking
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31 Jul 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
should be if your not running anything but that and no overclocking
Of course not. Just for maybe Skype, web browsing, and chatting, listening to music, and maybe movies.
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31 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Just for maybe Skype, web browsing, and chatting, listening to music, and maybe movies.
Depends on your video card needs, whether or not a 250W power supply will be adequate. Is this a "modern" motherboard providing PCIe slots?

For onboard graphics chip and your limited usage as described, should be ok. But for any high-end video card I doubt this power supply will be adequate. Typically 400W minimum I believe.

If you're receptive to a terrific inexpensive upgrade to a perfectly adequate and very capable card that's extremely low power usage and will give you terrific performance, pick up a FANLESS ATI HD5450 1GB (100% silent) for about $40. It's got a 1/2-size format and comes with an additional "small profile" backplane you can use, so it fits perfectly if your case and motherboard is "small profile". It's also part of the family of video cards (HD5xxx and higher) that ATI is continuing to support with their current Catalyst drivers.

Also, if it's going to be Windows 7 that you install I'd recommend spending a few dollars on a matched pair of memory cards to provide at least 4GB total for good performance, if your existing memory doesn't provide 4GB.
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31 Jul 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
Just for maybe Skype, web browsing, and chatting, listening to music, and maybe movies.
Depends on your video card needs, whether or not a 250W power supply will be adequate. Is this a "modern" motherboard providing PCIe slots?

For onboard graphics chip and your limited usage as described, should be ok. But for any high-end video card I doubt this power supply will be adequate. Typically 400W minimum I believe.

If you're receptive to a terrific inexpensive upgrade to a perfectly adequate and very capable card that's extremely low power usage and will give you terrific performance, pick up a FANLESS ATI HD5450 1GB (100% silent) for about $40. It's got a 1/2-size format and comes with an additional "small profile" backplane you can use, so it fits perfectly if your case and motherboard is "small profile".

Also, if it's going to be Windows 7 that you install I'd recommend spending a few dollars on a matched pair of memory cards to provide at least 4GB total for good performance, if your existing memory doesn't provide 4GB.
I have 4gb of ram, and would adding a cd rom matter? I'm just using the integrated video.
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31 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnknownReverent View Post
I have 4gb of ram, and would adding a cd rom matter? I'm just using the integrated video.
So your memory is fine. Adding a CD/DVD drive is not an issue (as far as power consumption). And if you're going to stay with integrated video then that, too, suggests your 250W PSU will be fine.
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31 Jul 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Guess it doesn't matter too much anymore. No operating system will install for some reason.
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31 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What's the issue you are having?
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31 Jul 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
What's the issue you are having?
With Xp I've gotten a BSOD while it hit "Finishing install", try again and I get that it can't partition, try 7 and I get an error while expanding, try 7 again and I get that it doesn't have drivers or something. These have all happened multiple times.

I should probably mention that the 200gb IDE hdd was bad. I booted it up before even trying to install anything and it said Smart Check: Bad. So I proceeded to put in a SATA hdd. This has all happened on that. Keep in mind that I've tried installing with usb, and 2 different cd drives.
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31 Jul 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

It seems I've finally gotten it installed. I used a different program to create a bootable usb install. I guess the cd drives are both bad. Ironic.
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