I'm putting together a P4 1.8Ghz system out of bits I've got lying around until I can afford something better (really fancy an AMD 64x2 when prices come down a little!!). The only thing I need to put this together is a PSU. I could buy a crappy £10 PSU but thought I'd buy something better so I don't have to fork out for a better one later on. So, I'm on the look out for a decent PSU that will power the P4, a couple of HDs, couple of optical drives, etc, and will be able to run a 64x2 and maybe a mid-range graphics card comfortably should I upgrade.
I don't really want to spend more than £50/60 ($85/100) max on one. So, any suggestions of model and supplier in the UK?
The TruePower 550w is a little above what I wanted to spend (£72/$123). They do a SmartPower 450w which seems very similar (albeit 100w less capable) and within what I was looking to pay. Would this do the job or would it be worth the extra £25/$40 for the TruePower 550w?
Hmm, maybe I should just stop being frugle and buy the 550w and be done with it
For instance, what's the general consensus on the TruePower II 430W. That's about the price I want to pay and reckons it has a low noise fan which would be nice.
I've been running a Truepower (I) 430 for 3 years now. It is stable, cool and quiet. Voltage of 12v rail always shows 11.8, but the others are exact to spec and NEVER vary.
This PSU has ample capacity for your current project. If you expect to need more power for a future build, the 550 is also a good unit - just more money. These are far and away higher quality than typical $30 units. They also have 1/2 speed fan-only molex connectors for extra-quiet operation.