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October 17, 2013 7:26:35 AM

Hello,
Trying to build an HTPC, I bought the case but the PSU seems unreliable.
Do you have a case+psu recommendation? Preferably 2+ internal drives in anticipation of future expansion (ssd)

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130T 2.9GHz Dual-Core
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Current Case: Apex DM-387 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply
Thank you.

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October 17, 2013 8:45:39 AM

rolli59 said:
If you are going to be running the Intel HD graphics the PSU will work.
This one has a marginally better PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but after that there is a big price jump for higher quality.

Thanks! I will be using it until it fails then..

This will set me $70 after rebate - Cooler Master N200 and EVGA 500B. Which do you think is wiser? Stick with my original case or spend $25 more?
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October 17, 2013 8:49:05 AM

I would spend the $20 more. My home server is in that CM case and I like it, the EVGA got good review at jonnyguru so you have good components.
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October 17, 2013 9:48:37 AM

The 500B is a great power supply.
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October 17, 2013 10:02:35 AM

Thanks, now I'm much more leaning towards the power supply.
Also, one last question.. I found a cheaper case but as they say, price doesn't always say what it's worth..
Ratings on egg is higher than the N200 but it's cheaper so I'm wary.
Which of these two would you recommend: Cooler Master N200 ($40 AR) or Cougar Spike ($20 AR) for the money?
I don't mind paying $20 more, but the cheaper one had better ratings so I'm swayed.

Thank you for all your advice.
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October 17, 2013 11:42:14 AM

iceaco said:
Thanks, now I'm much more leaning towards the power supply.
Also, one last question.. I found a cheaper case but as they say, price doesn't always say what it's worth..
Ratings on egg is higher than the N200 but it's cheaper so I'm wary.
Which of these two would you recommend: Cooler Master N200 ($40 AR) or Cougar Spike ($20 AR) for the money?
I don't mind paying $20 more, but the cheaper one had better ratings so I'm swayed.

Thank you for all your advice.


Nothing wrong with the Cougar, one of the ones that I considered for my server but went with the CM because of the neutral looks.
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