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  1. chaos4001

    chaos4001 Thread Starter

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    I have two busted comps. The mobo failed on one (although I have a nasty feeling it was caused by the PSU) and the PSU failed on the other. I'm going to combine them both, but I don't feel like messing around too much and finding out one psu is dead, or one motherboard is dead... etc. So, basically, my questions is: what are the bare minimum of components needed to start my computer? I can put the extra stuff in later.

    I'm thinking it would be:

    Mobo
    Psu
    Ram
    HDD

    Missing anything?
     
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    Mobo,psu,1 stick ram,cpu with heatsink and fan,onboard vid or vid card to see bios but not needed really.
     
  3. chaos4001

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    Wait.. the CPU is attached to the mobo... right? If not, what does it look like?

    Oh, and while I'm thinking about fans...

    Whattya think of these?


    And also... what can I expect to pay for a decent PSU if this one I have doesn't work? I want to run 2 disk drives, two HDDs, and probably a high end video card. And lots of fans.
     
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    As the mobo's are used I would think the cpu and heatsink with fan are attached now.You give no specs so this is hard to answer. Forget the other fans for now. A decent psu around $50.00 just look at the output rails or lines not the total wattage when buying one.
     
  5. win2kpro

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    The CPU (processor) is located under the aluminum heatsink with the fan on top. Photo of Intel Pentium 4 processor;

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/microprocessor1.htm

    The fan you link to is a very "low end" quality fan with a sleeve (bushing) bearing. If you can afford it, you would be much better off buying a fan or fans with ball bearings rather than sleeve bearings. Their live expectancy is much longer than a sleeved bearing fan.
     
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    Alright. Well, I hooked up the old PSU and the fans whirred and the lights came on! Yay!

    Now I gotta bring my old monitor down to my workshop... (curse those clunky CRTs...) and check if I can do more than make fans spin.

    I'll definitely invest in better fans (I'm doing a case mod soon) and I may not need a new PSU just yet. I can spend some money if I have to though.

    I need to hook up that monitor so I can check the BIOS, right? Would someone explain what the BIOS will tell me and why I want to check it? Do I need an HDD installed to check the BIOS?

    Also, the old mobo that failed has some really nice equipment, and unless it's all fried, things like the gold Gigabyte... whatever it is and the fairly good Athlon processor are probably worth something. I have a Pentium 4 on my working mobo... should I swap it for the Athlon?

    And what kind of specs do you need to be able to help me better? Where should I look for them?

    I think those are all my questions... I may not be that great with hardware, but this forum is helping me along quite nicely.
     
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