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April 12, 2013 11:01:12 PM

Hi,

I recently got a computer with basic configuration:
- i3 3rd gen
- dh61ho motherboard
- LG DVD writer
- Seagate 1TB hard disk
I don't intend to add any additional components. While buying, I didn't give any thought to the PSU. I asked the dealer to recommend any PSU. He gave me a Intex 450W PSU. I read reviews and found that this PSU isn't very good. I did some calculations and found that a 350W PSU is more than enough for this configuration. I found Corsair VS 350. Is this any good ? I am mainly concerned about reliability and safety of the other components in the computer. I don't care much for efficiency and looks. Also, how does it compare against CX 430 V2 with respect to reliability ?

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April 12, 2013 11:14:56 PM

Ya have to remember that brand names are meaningless.... it's the line within the brand that at least gives you a general idea of quality. You are talking about Corsair products and within their line, the top end is the HX series. below that you have the TX series and that's about as far down the line as I would recommend.

Corsair's CX series is their "builder" or "budget" series which I wouldn't use for a workstation or gaming build should be fine for a light duty system that you don't intend to overclock.

The XFX Pro series (9.5 performance ratings on jonnyguru for 2 larger units in that line; 8.5 and 9.5 on build quality) is a worthy contender at $50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CX430 scored a 9.0 in performance but got a 7.0 in build quality

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 13, 2013 1:03:31 AM

The CX 430 is better.
The best budget options would be,
Seasonic S12ii 430
Antec VP450
Corsair CX 430
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April 13, 2013 6:36:49 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Ya have to remember that brand names are meaningless.... it's the line within the brand that at least gives you a general idea of quality. You are talking about Corsair products and within their line, the top end is the HX series. below that you have the TX series and that's about as far down the line as I would recommend.

Corsair's CX series is their "builder" or "budget" series which I wouldn't use for a workstation or gaming build should be fine for a light duty system that you don't intend to overclock.

The XFX Pro series (9.5 performance ratings on jonnyguru for 2 larger units in that line; 8.5 and 9.5 on build quality) is a worthy contender at $50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The CX430 scored a 9.0 in performance but got a 7.0 in build quality

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the information - especially regarding the build quality of CX430. I looked at the HX and TX series. The lowest power output models in these series is 650W. In each series the price seems to be proportional to the power output. I hope they had a HX350 or TX350 with a proportionally lower price tag. BTW, I don't overclock my system. The only "heavy weight" applications I run are a dozen browser tabs, open office, playing movies, compiling code and testing stuff on Virtual Machines (max 1 VM running at any point of time). I don't think these even qualify as resource hungry apps ...
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April 13, 2013 6:46:45 AM

bartholomew said:
The CX 430 is better.
The best budget options would be,
Seasonic S12ii 430
Antec VP450
Corsair CX 430


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April 13, 2013 6:49:10 AM

bartholomew said:
The CX 430 is better.
The best budget options would be,
Seasonic S12ii 430
Antec VP450
Corsair CX 430


@bartholomew, thanks for the suggestion. Both Corsair CX430V2 and Antec VP450P are available with my vendor. Which of these two do you recommend ?
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April 13, 2013 9:12:45 AM

Looking at your requirements, both would do a fine job.

I'd say get whichever is cheaper :) 

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April 13, 2013 11:16:05 AM

I say plus 1 for the Antec VP, those units actually have excellent efficiency, they just don't qualify for a rating because of the way they're built.
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April 14, 2013 10:41:09 AM

rahul_1 said:
@ko888 , the BT series are very well hidden by Seasonic for some reason. It isn't there on http://www.seasonic.com/product/pc_atx.jsp and http://www.seasonicusa.com/atx.htm . I found it at http://www.seasonic.com/product/pc_atx_1000330.jsp using google search. It can't be that good if the manufacturer's website itself is not promoting it !

@mace200200 , thanks for the information.


The Seasonic ECO/BT Series fixed voltage models are only available in some parts of the world that run on a 220VAC power grid so you'll never see them being sold in North America.

It's just like the Corsair VS Series that aren't sold in North America because they only run on 220VAC.
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