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Quiet PSU for Dell XPS 8300

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June 10, 2014 4:15:58 PM

Hi,

I have a Dell XPS 8300 with an i7 2600, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 6670 and 2 x WD SATA 1TB HDDs.

I'd like to use this machine as a file/Plex server but it's pretty loud and probably drawing more power than it needs to for a home server.

After playing around a little it looks like the PSU and the hard drives are responsible for most of the noise. I can deal with the HDDs myself but I'm looking for some advise on the PSU.

It's currently got the 460W 'D460AD-00' CPU that came in the box.

Based on a little research my concerns are
a) Getting a replacement PSU that will fit in the case
b) Getting an upgrade that's fairly quiet but won't cost a lot (sub $100)
c) Getting one that will supply enough power
c) What I'll need to do about the power switch on the new PSU (cut a hole in the back of the case?)


I'm not looking for a silent PC, just a cheap, easy replacement PSU to deal with most of the noise. If I can reduce power consumption at the same time then great!

If it makes a difference: the PC was purchased in the UK (240v) and I'm now based in Australia - I mention this second bit as I have no idea which h/w suppliers here in Aus are cheap and reputable.

So, any PSU recommendations based on those requirements?

How about this? - Antec Neo Eco 450W 80 Plus Bronze. 84 Aussie dollars from mwave.com.au

Greg

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June 10, 2014 4:24:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Total: $99.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 09:23 EST+1000)


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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $89.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 09:24 EST+1000)
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June 17, 2014 4:22:35 PM

I went with the Antec - fits perfectly and so far it sounds a lot quieter than the old PSU.

Thanks!
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June 17, 2014 5:35:42 PM

Your welcome!
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