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Looking For a Quiet 500W PSU

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December 30, 2006 9:48:38 AM

I'm building a new system PC using Gigabyte GA 945P S3 motherboard an Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400 and a Thermaltake Tsunami case.

The Extreme Power Supply Calculator reckons I need a 319W PSU for my specification. I plan to get a 500W PSU so it's not running at maximum power to improve reliability, and to give myself scope to add extra RAM, drives or whatever in due course.

I want something that's decent quality (the PSU blew up on my current PC and the only replacement I had to hand sounds like a vacum cleaner :(  ). Above all, it needs to be quiet, and of course compatible with the GA 945P S3's 24-pin ATX power connector.

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December 30, 2006 10:07:07 AM

I have just got myself the Antec NeoHE 550 and it is good. Nice and quiet and modular cables too.
December 30, 2006 10:58:12 AM

Silent PC Review does solid reviews of components for those looking for quiet components. Here is a link to their PSU list.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article699-page1.html

The Corsair HX520 and Seasonic S12 550 top the charts in the range you are looking at. I recently bought the Corsair 620 for exactly the same reason - trying to limit the noise - and I am very satisfied with it. GL!
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January 1, 2007 12:12:22 AM

I will recommend the Enermax Liberty 500W!

I just bought myself 1 off Newegg and it has been working flawlessly ever since!

It comes with 1x 120mm fan on board with a massive vent in the back side, and it pretty:}
January 1, 2007 12:25:25 AM

The Antec Phantom is really quiet, its passivly cooled. Kinda expensive for what your getting though.
January 1, 2007 9:10:28 PM

I don't think passively cooled PSUs are a good idea, it just means you need another fan elsewhere in the PC to maintain reasonable airflow.

Thanks for the replies everyone.
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January 2, 2007 3:13:38 AM

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Silent PC Review does solid reviews of components for those looking for quiet components. Here is a link to their PSU list.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article699-page1.html

The Corsair HX520 and Seasonic S12 550 top the charts in the range you are looking at. I recently bought the Corsair 620 for exactly the same reason - trying to limit the noise - and I am very satisfied with it. GL!


Either one is good. Seasonic makes the Corsair HX520 PSU. I personally own the Seasonic S12 500 and I can say their PSUs are very quiet.
January 2, 2007 3:39:50 AM

If you want something relatively quiet, look at a Hiper PSU. I've seen them on Newegg in 530W and 580W models, as well as 670w and 730W (not that you'd be looking for that many watts). The 5XXW models both run under $100, come in a variety of colors (I'm assuming you'll want either black or silver to match your Tsunami tower), and from my experience they're pretty quiet.

530w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
580w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
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