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What do you think about these power supplies in the 30 dollar range ?

Hello,

First off i am trying to get two power supplies because i want to change my old one and to get a new one for a new PC configuration as well.

The old PC configuration is:
- Intel Celeron D 3.06 Ghz socket 7750 95W TDP Processor;
- Asrock Conroe D667 1333 R1.0 Motherboard;
- Inno3d Geforce 8400 GS 256 MB with Turbocache (512 MB) Video Card;
- 3 GB RAM running at 667 Mhz (one 1GB and the other is 2GB that could run at 800Mhz but is limited by the Motherboard and the other memory module);
- A 160 GB SATA II Hard Disk;
- A 2030 RPM Silverstone case fan;
- Old DVD Writter;

The new PC configuration is:
- Amd Athlon II x4 740 socket FM2 65W TDP Processor;
- MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Motherboard;
- Saphire Radeon 7750 1GB GDDR5 Video Card;
- 4 GB RAM 1333 Mhz Zeppelin (1 module);
- A 500 GB SATA III Toshiba Hard Disk with 32 MB buffer memory;
- A 2030 Silverstone Case fan;
- No optical drive;

Now my budget is really limited and i am trying to get a power supply in the 30 dollar range. The one i have in this old PC is 5 or 6 years old and its a cheap chinese no name called DanaByte that i got for like 15 dollars, fortunately it still works.

Also i don't plan on upgrading this PC in the next two years, eventually i will buy a new one then.

These are the power supplies i found in the 30 dollar price range (link included):

- Inter-Tech SL-500A 500W for exactly 30 dollars
http://inter-tech.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=112%3Asl-500&Itemid=153&lang=en

- RPC 500LBL 500W for 27 dollars
Except i didn't find any info about it online except 500W / ATX12V2.3 / Connectors: 3x SATA, 1x PATA, 1x 6+2pin PCI-e, 1x FDD, 1x MB 20+4pin, 1x CPU 4pin +12V / 35cm cables / 120mm Fan / Protections : OVP & UVP & SCP & OPP / Bulk + 1,2M power cord.

- Floston FL500 Extra for about 35$
Again with not too many web sites about it:Type:ATX; Power: 500 W; Fans: 1x 120 mm; PFC Active; Efficiency: 76 %; Modular: NO;
Voltages/AMPS
+3.3V 20 A
+5V 26 A
+12V 1 24 A
-12V 0.8 A
+5Vsb 2.5 A
Connectors
20+4 Pin ATX 1
4 Pin ATX 12V 1
6 Pin PCI-E 1
SATA 3
Molex 3
Floppy 1

And last but not least Zalman LE Series 400W for 36$
http://www.zalman.com/global/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=647


Ok i did read an article on Tom's Hardware about power supplies and the actual manufacturers but i consider that if Zalman can make a PSU for such a low price it wont be with good quality materials either.

I really liked the Inter-Tech because like i said i wont upgrade my PC in the near or far future especially not my video card and i am really limited on my budget.
Even if i get the Zalman for my new PC i will opt for something Cheaper for the older one.

What do you think of these power supplies and which one would you consider most (between the ones listed there)?

Thank you for your patience.
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  1. The PSU is the heart of your system, without it NOTHING works! It is the only component that can literally take out all the rest of your components if it should fail. Never skimp on the PSU, it is false economy.
  2. this is the only good and onsale one I know of right now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430

    and this is a very very good power supply
  3. fkr said:
    this is the only good and onsale one I know of right now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430

    and this is a very very good power supply



    Unfortunately that power supply is 66 in my country.
  4. Would you put kerosene in a gasoline engine? Don't buy cheap power supplies. This is like feeding your computer nothing but the white goo that lives inside of Twinkies and then wondering why it dies an early death due to heart failure.
  5. What country are you from?
  6. k1114 said:
    What country are you from?


    Romania
  7. Hi,

    Low en psu are just a ticking time bomb. Anything lower than 60$ is usually a weak power supply.
    If you care about the parts you installed in the computer get a good one.
  8. Best answer
    2 Decent units in that price range.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Enermax 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $34.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 17:03 EDT-0400)


    or


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $29.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 17:06 EDT-0400)
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    2 Decent units in that price range.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Enermax 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $34.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 17:03 EDT-0400)


    or


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $29.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 17:06 EDT-0400)


    i never used NewEgg before and i don't know if they ship to Romania but what is this 20$ mail-in rebate ?
  10. They don't ship to Romania , but if you can find the CX430 , it's a good value.
  11. here is a website
    http://www.cel.ro/surse/

    the good ones are antec, super flower, corsair, seasonic, superflower there are others that a good also

    what is your price in ron?
  12. i am guessing around 100ron

    http://www.cel.ro/surse/sursa-super-flower-sf_500p12p-500w-l/


    hopefully sr-71 can chime in with this site as he is a true expert.
  13. For my PC i do intend to spend about 150 RON but for the other less likely, the components i will buy for the new PC will be from DCShop. the Corsair looks really interesting but i have never heard of SuperFlower ?
  14. Superflower is pretty famous, they just didn't sell in NA (until recently with the rosewill hive series) so don't hear much about them depending where you get your info. The vs450 is better efficiency and higher output. It's similar quality to the cx430 but I can't find much info about that superflower. It does seem like it's a lower quality psu though.
  15. super flower is a very good producer. here is a review of another one of there units
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/SuperFlower/SF-500P14FG/9.html
  16. I'd put superflower up there with seasonic but sf has some very low end stuff that I wouldn't use. Posting a link to their top of the line $200 80+ platinum psu doesn't prove their $50 78% efficiency model is good.
  17. I whole heartily agree. the superflower we get in the states all seem to be pretty good quality. i agree that the cx 430 is a great unit(seasonic? i have to look it up) but my point was that if you make units that are that good you also tend to have better stuff on the low end. where is the raidmax that keeps up with the superflower on any level. maybe there is one but superflower is a manufacturer and they made a great fanless unit.

    my post was more directed towards doing your own google searches to find what is best. his budget is $30 and at that point i would go for any name brand over something else just based on warranty and th ability o get it fulfilled. there is no such thing as a retail priced good $30 power supply
  18. Super Flower makes some real nice units.
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