think i got enough power?

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Hey guys. I've been reading the posts and guides here at THG and i've decided that i would like to try to build this system (will be my first build):

ASUS A8V-E Deluxe board w/ AMD 64 3200 939 90 nm CPU w/ stock HS and fan
ATI X850XT 256 Platinum PCI-E
Forton Source 500w AX 500-A ATX 2.0 PSU
Enermax CS-5271 LBFS-B case (has side casefan)
Thermaltake A2016 LED case fan for front intake
2 Thermaltake A1357 case fans for rear exhaust
Western Digital 80G HD 7200rpm 8MB buffer
Artec Combo 16xdvd/52xCD r/w
2 512MB patriot PDC3200LLK or PDC 3200+XBLK RAM

After reading about crashman's staunch suppost of FS PSU's, i decided on that one, but do you think it will be enough power? I would also like to perhaps do some OCing sometime later, but please let me know what you think.
 

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You will have heaps of power at 500W = room heater.

I have a 400W PSU and it heats the room up. Have to open the door and window.

One thing to check is the individual wattage output per volt - ie. output at 12v, 5v, 3.3v & 1.3v or equiv. I've noticed this can vary with manufacturers although the total adds up correct.

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It's hard for me to believe you're spending so much money on a system and going with a VIA chipset. To me, that's like building a race engine and putting on a $10 set of 7mm spark plug wires.

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You know, now that you mention it Crashman, i have noticed a lot of folks going with the 939's talking about other MB's, since i'm willing to take your advice on the psu, what would you suggest as an alternative? I'm not really interested in sli, so i guess asus is out for socket 939 pci-e. I had figured since i'm gonna basically build a completely new system anyways that i might as well go pci express, but i guess even that is debatable.
 

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You might want to check out Anandtech's article on the DFI nForce4 boards, which appearantly are all the same board with different features removed for progressively cheaper versions. According to Anandtech, these are top boards, with or without SLi.

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I think i see where i was steering wrong, somehow i got the impression all nforce4 boards are sli. DFI huh, think i've heard those are good boards; I'm gonna check out that article now. You rock Crashman!!
 

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There are actually several versions of the nForce4 chipset, with and without SLi. They're all pretty much identicle, with features such as SLi turned on or off.

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As far as I know a 500W PSU will generate just as much heat as a 400W psu at the same load unless there's a big difference in efficiency.