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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 2: Component Overview
      9  Case and Power Supply

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Matching the Power Supply to the Case

Power supplies come with most cases today (Figure 7). The power supply has many power connectors to power the mainboard, hard drives, CD-RW drives, and other components.


Figure 7: Inside of a new PC case

Here, the power supply sits at the top left of the case. Notice the many power connectors dangling from the power supply.

 


Be sure that your case and power supply match the type of mainboard you want to install. This usually means purchasing an ATX style mainboard and case. Be sure your case supports a full ATX mainboard. I’d avoid micro-ATX and cases designed to hold only smaller boards.


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