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Build it Yourself Linux Super-Workstation Part 2

Sep 17, 2009, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"One of the things we didn't talk about in the first article is power. The Thermaltake case we're using does not come with a power supply, so that's something we should have mentioned. On the other hand, it gives us the opportunity to look at power supply options in a little more detail this time around. Power supplies are not the most talked about (or written about) part of a computer by any stretch of the imagination. They can make a big difference in how your system performs and how long it lasts.

"Most off-the-shelf consumer desktop computers come with a fairly wimpy power supply. It really won't matter unless you start adding lots of things like additional hard drives, high-end graphics cards or an upgraded CPU requiring more power. Building your own machine from parts is an entirely different story. Not only do you have power available (measured in Watts) to consider, there are also numbers and types of connectors for you to think about. If you plan on loading up your new tower with lots of disk drives, then you'll want a power supply with lots of disk drive power plugs."

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