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Help with PSU Upgrade

Hi there, Sean here. Long time lurker, first time poster. I've got a PSU issue i would appreciate some help with if you guys can :).

Iv just bought myself a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, Processor is an AMD Phenom ii X2 550 on an Asus m4n68t-m le v2 motherboard with 4GB DDR3 Ram, soon to be 8. Its not a powerhouse machine, just something to do me nicely.

The problem im having is finding a suitable PSU. The PSU mount is at the top of the rear, with the only vents being on the rear of the case so any upward or sideways facing fans won't work. I'm also fairly limited budget wise.

I was looking at a Builder 500 Watt on eBay, It fits the power requirements and has the recommended 6 pin connector. However when i contacted the seller he said it would not work due to my system needing a dual 12v rail or an ampage output of above 30? So now i'm having difficulty finding a suitable replacement.

Any help or suggestions you guys can come up with would be great.

Thanks.
Sean.
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  1. The guy is wrong. Wrong wrong wrong!

    He's trying to sell you something of lower quality.

    That unit is fine, but I would step up to an XFX TS550w for a higher quality unit.
  2. Lol your system will never pull more than 24a from the +12v, so the builder would be fine.

    What country are you in?
  3. I'm in England. My limit is about £30 max otherwise i would step up to a higher quality unit :/. Thanks for the replies guys, I thought the unit would be acceptable looking at my specs with CPU-Z, just not comfortable with PSU stuff haha. Rest of the PC, fine, but power....eurgh lol :)
  4. That budget is tight. £40 minimum for a high quality unit, but if £30 is the max then get this

    http://www.cclonline.com/product/99687/CP-9020009/Power-Supplies/CCL-Choice-450W-80-High-Efficiency-PSU/PSU0505/

    It's a corsair VS450. Not great, but not bad. It will do the job.
  5. I was looking at Corsair's :). Idealy i want a Corsair 550W CS550M CSM Semi-Modular, but that would require saving for a while haha. Would the builder do as a short term solution? If i can leave it for a few months i can probably save enough to get what i want so if the Builder will work i could put up with that for a few months?
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    Sean Rogers said:
    I was looking at Corsair's :). Idealy i want a Corsair 550W CS550M CSM Semi-Modular, but that would require saving for a while haha. Would the builder do as a short term solution? If i can leave it for a few months i can probably save enough to get what i want so if the Builder will work i could put up with that for a few months?


    I just realised you aren't talking about a corsair builder PSU, you're talking about a generic / unbranded builder PSU. Don't buy unbranded PSUs unless you're happy running 230v through a fire hazard and putting it in your home.

    Get the VS450 I linked instead, it comes with a 3 year guarantee so you should have plenty of time to save for a better quality unit.
  7. Order placed. Thanks for the help :)
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