edit, lets just call this, why not to keep the power supply that comes with the case…
I’m not sure where you are, but hard drives are one of the few components that you can actually get cheaper locally when on sale. I also agree, if you want to buy from newegg and there is a good sale, jump on it as some sales last less than a day (thier prices changed randomly and frequentlly it would seem).
Also, I would defanatlly get a beter power supply. Fyi I would have been beter to have asked your questions in the other thread you started. That way people would know things like you may want to overclock and have already picked a case you like (I know you are not dead set on that case but you found one you like). Also, technically it is cross posting to ask the same question in two diffrent threads which is against the forum rules (not trying to be mean here by the way, it would just help us help you to have the info already discussed in the other thread).
I may sound like a pest here (sorry, gotta do it), but it is also beter to provide links to the hardware you are looking at. that way if not farmiliar with that particular model they can easilly look at the price, specs etc. and offer an opinion (I’m guessing even the most knoledgable people here don’t have the specs for every component avalable memorzed, lol). I usally just give newegg links (reguardless of where you are going to buy it). Its easy to get all the links, give a good representive price and newegg gives good specs.
Back to the power supply though. It is one of the most important parts of your system. A low quality power supply (which most cases except antecs have) not only can seem to work right but can make your system unstable, but if you overload them (as they cannot put out near the power they claim), they can die and if they do not have good protection and fry (some cheap ones do not have good protection), they can kill some or all of your nice new equipment!!! I have a deer power supply that came with a case. If you search about it, you will find that they have been know to explode (believe it or not, it worked fine for me but I have had other cheap power supplys teach me not to be stupid when it comes to the power supply). Every piece of equipment in your system relies on that power supply and every piece of equipment can not work right if the power supply doesn’t. sometime a cheap power supply works great and there are no problems. sometimes there are problems and the question is, how much do you want to gamble?
you can get a very good power supply for 50$ (or even less). Since you might be overclocking, I would look at the 60$ range though (you can still get one that will work fine with overclocking for under 50$ but I would also acount for upgrading). My take on power supplies is get one big enough that it can power everything (within reason) that your case can fit. that way your power supply will not limit upgrading. A good power supply can last several years and personally I think it is beter to buy big one now (doesn’t have to be too big, I’m not talking massive) than have to upgrade (and replace a perfectlly good high quality power supply because it is too small for your upgrades). Thats a personal thing though, as that would double the price (maybe even 70$, as he is not a mega gamer/high end graphics needer). You could easilly get away with a 30-40$ power supply (you can get a very high quality one for that much) that will run a basic system and leave room for some (maybe limited) upgrading.
these are not my recomendations, but rather a few examples of good ones and prices, you need to pick a price range first.
cheapest power supply on newegg that is 300-400 watts and decent.
these are good power supplies and franklly, they will power any average system fine. They will even allow you to upgrade but may limit the technology you can use (high end graphics, high power cpu’s overclocked etc). they may also limit mass upgrading (lots of drives (optical and hard), more ram, lots of pci cards, fans and lights (with the case you chose, you might want to upgrade lights etc at some point), etc. Usb and firewire take power too (usb doesnt take much but if you have a lot of devices and or fire wire devices that can take a lot more power). Alone, neither firewire or usb uses much power but a bunch of devices on top of other upgrades can be a factor. It doesn’t disallow these upgrades, it just limits how many you can have (cannot go crazy adding stuff to your computer, even over years as the power supply wont take it).
this is all you really need for most average systems. As the trend is more power though, who knows how well it will work with future equipment (absolutlly do not buy a power supply on ebay unless you know exactlly what you are buying as there are very good quality power supplies that are very insuficient on the 12v rail, because they are older models and new technology demanded substantially more 12v power).
here are some a little bigger.
I’m not to farmiliar with this company and they are new, but when they came out the quicklly developed a reputation on some of the overclocker sites as very good quality for the money (and cheap for the power and quality).
This is the same company as the first one (sparkle, fsp and another that I cannot remember, maybe zalman).
Price is too high but another good one.
I have been running one of these for a couple of years. It has a wooping 33 amps on a single 12v rail (very good for intel overclocking except conroe). Let me explain that. Amd has been killing intel when it comes to cpu power (I’m not an expert here so please dont attack me but do corect me if you think I am wrong). some intel cpu’s have gotten to require a lot of power, especially when overclocked, so much so, that dual 12v rail power supplys (splits the 12v power to mb, cpu etc power, and drive/accesory power, and most power supplies have split rails on the 12v) so that cpu gets more stable power, but may starve a power hungry cpu.
The reason that I say except the conroe, is that intel claims substantially lower power usage from the conroe (we really wont know untill they are out, and field tested so to speak). I gather that you do not know what a conroe is due to your other thread. It is the intel processors that are just now coming out, that are suposed to smoke all other processors on the market (all other processors, amd and intell are taking massive price dives as a result). They claim substantially lower power usage but amd is already saying thier claims are skued as they use average power, not max power (which does make a difffrence). Further, who knows how they will overclock and how much power they will take then.
I can say about this power supply, I have ran 6 hard drives, 4 opticals, lots of case fans (including a few high power ones), an overclocked athlon xp2500 (only about a 20% overclock as heat increases drastically with xp’s and if heat is increasing, I would asume power usage is increasing, you need power to produce heat), Lights, 5 pci cards, lots of usb devices etc.
I’m not saying this power supply is the best (I think it is good and enermax makes very good power supplys, but you might find beter for the money, or you might not). I do mean… something like this would be beter than a 30-40$ power supply as it would allow you to upgrade to unlimited memory, pci cards, hard drives, optical dirves, usb and firewire devices, and would improve your situation with stuff like sli/crossfire etc.
If money is tight, get a 30-40$ power supply but ask for recomendations and be carfull what you get (very carfull, price means nothing with power supplys, ask people that know what is good or you might be sorry). If you want to spend 60ish dollars (tell your price range), you can approach a power supply that can run all common equipment that you can fit in the case you looked at Plus extras. There are high end situations (video!!!video!!! gamer!!!), water or pelt cooling, etc, extreme stuff (not that extreme if you are that type of person though), that it wont power, but then you can always run dual power supplies…
I would have addressed a couple of other issues, but since I have rambled on about power supplies (since I have strong feelings about them as I have been the unfortunate victum of them, and have done a lot of research on them (not recentlly but the technology is the same)… I’ll digress before my post gets too long to post.