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Re: 1000 watt power supply
I wouldn't recommend it as PSUs require a particular airflow. That airflow might be blocked by placing it next to the Hard Drive(s) and might heat up your system even more.
If the cables are long enough, you could just find a way to mount the PSU outside of your system. That way it stays cool, doesn't hamper airflow within your system, and doesn't generate excess heat inside your system.
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Most desktop computer cases have a range of standard mount holes, standard offs. I suggest you select a motherboard that suits your requirements. To be sure that the motherboard will fit your case, take the motherboard mount base with you to the computer shop and place the motherboard of your choice on the base to see if the mounting holes line up. You may need to upgrade the switch mode power supply to a higher power unit if the total power requirements is near the maximum the existing unit can deliver.
Here is a list of power supply list from 39.00 dollars to 79.00 bucks the lower priced have lower wattage so depending what all your running you may want to run a better power supply however it depends on how long you want to keep the computer it's the older power supply system but if your not going to upgrade anytime soon then the choice is up to you I run a 600 watt which runs all the high tech stuff I have. like 7 DVD players a floppy drive and the mother board and a 2.3 gig amd chip and cobalt freeze fan. hope this helps and good Luck thanks for using fix-ya. one last thing most power supply's are identical in size and will fit in the power supply slot. Thanks for using fix-ya http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/
There will be "headers" on the motherboard for some case fans. Look for 2/3 pin connections on the board marked "sysfn" or something similar. Any other fans you will have to fit to a spare Molex power connector from the power supply ... you can buy 2 or 3 way "splitter" cables to give you more power connections from one Molex for this purpose. BTW make sure you connect the cpu fan to the "cpu fn" header !!!!! That one is rather important :-P
check the size of power supply most are a standard size some from propriety manufacturers are smaller. most are fitted top of case at the back and take up the space across the back about about 6inch wide 4 inch high 6inch deep if yours is this size its standard and most should fit get one that is rated at least 400 to 500 watts ensure it has at least 6 4pin power sockets floppy power socket and the same motherboard sockets as your old one