After previous threads and making sure I have this right, I think I've made up my mind on what I'm going to do. Basically I'm in the process of upgrading my PC. I want to upgrade to this
power supply... so I can run this
I feel confident that all that the specs will match up... my concern is that some time ago I think I shorted a motherboard on a PC I bought from Staples trying to upgrade the power supply. So in short, I guess I am a little gun shy from that experience and don't want to mess up this PC trying to install a new PSU (which I had custom built, and a lot nicer I might add).
My current system specs are as follows:
PSU: Allied ATX 300W Switching power supply (I also think it's going bad which is another reason I want to replace it.)
MoBo: ASUS M2N68-AM SE2
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+
RAM: 4GB DDR2 667 (2 sticks of 2GB)
HD: 2TB (half internal and half external)
Video: 1GB GeForce 8500 GT (Want to upgrade to a 1GB GeForce 9800 GT so I can play Starcraft 2 w/o the lag).
Sound: On board
Ethernet: On board
Now I've heard that the various hardware will only draw what power it needs. Currently they are just fine with a 300W PSU. I don't think upgrading to a 500W PSU will make too much of a difference, it'll just allow me to run the video card I want, which is all I really need.
My question is, what do I need to do in order to ensure the PSU I want is compatible with my MoBo and other internal hardware? I don't want to get it an end up shorting out my MoBo because of a compatibility error. Are most PSU's mostly universal or is there something I am missing here?