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Hi Guys,

I'm new to building PCs. I have a case with a AGI psu, part# HEC-300AR-T.
All I know is that this is a 300watt psu and that it says it is P4 ready. What do you guys know about AGI psu's? Are they any good?

I currently have a 366mhz celeron based computer on an Asus board that came out of a HP Pavilion 4450 computer. I can't remember why I bought the new case. I want to build a new computer for sme gamining and also for word prosessing, digital imaging (like vidio presentations, photo editing, ect), and desktop publishing. My current configuration is 7yrs old, so it is more than time to upgrade. I also don't want to be left behind in the dark ages of technology again. I was thinking a AMD build, But don't know if I should go Intel instead.

Also I wan't to use my old board and CPU to build a computer for my children to do school work on with some very simple gamming options. Unfortunately the CPU cooling fan went out on this board without my knowledge until now and has been running constantly. I don't know how long the fan has been dead. I am now running an old fan from I believe the old case psu as a cooling fan in this new case until I can buy a new cpu fan. Is this safe? I have had problems with this board and cpu for a while and thought it was the harddrive, but now I don't know after the discovery of the faulty fan.

PLEASE HELP!

BigFin
 

pwnage

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Well buddy I know where you’re coming from. I have a 12 year old P3 as a file server. : P Old school.

I personally have never heard of AGI. I looked them up on Newegg but I couldn't find any thing under that name. This leads me to believe that they are a generic PSU manufacture, which can be good or bad. These manufactures Enermax, Fortron source, or PC Power and Cooling are, in my mind, the best PSU manufactures around. My personal preference is the Enermax Liberty series. They have the highest efficiency rating around. That and I have 2 running in my box.

As for your new machine if you just want to do some picture and video editing and some gaming you wont need much. AMD is a good choice for a processor. They are reliable and can be more powerful than Intel processors. Anything Celeron or Sempron would be fine but Pentium 4's and AMD 64's are fairly inexpensive. Also get a good video car. Stick with Nvidia, less headaches, and anything over a GeForce 6600 is over kill. You should at max spend, ballpark, $200 or less for the video card. Every thing else is really up to how much you are willing to spend.

The machine for your kids, you may be able to find a CPU fan but I seriously doubt it’s worth it at this point. You can build them a machine for what they need for probably $500 or less. Asus has some barebones kits that can get you started and all you would need to add is a processor, hard drive, optical drive, and maybe a PSU.

You will find very good prices at Newegg and they have EVERYTHING. Just incase you didn’t know.

Have fun : )
 

BigFin

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Thanks for the reply,

I remember having read something about AIG psu's in THG, but can't seem to find the article. As I recall they fell under a different name and were reported as being good. Can anyone help me?
 

pwnage

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These articals may help you in you search. They go back to 2004, hopefuly you didn't read anything older than that. : ) If you did chances are that the part has been discontinued, but maybe there is a newer version of the old model.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/07/11/stress_test/
http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/04/01/really_cool_and_quiet_power_supplies/
http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/02/28/strong_showing/
http://www.tomshardware.com/2004/01/22/getting_the_right_power/