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Need Recomendation, tight budget for a 350w PSU

Last response: in Components
September 1, 2007 4:06:57 PM

I explained the horrors of how a cheap generic psu ends up costing a lot if and when something goes bad.

I am putting together a very basic (cheap) system for him and he wanted to use an old generic psu.......

I am purchasing his parts from newegg.

I was thinking of this one FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail $39.99, but dont know if the low ends of FSP are worth it...

or this one

SILVERSTONE ST350 ATX12V 2.2 350W Power Supply 115/ 265V - Retail

amd athlon 3000+ 2.0ghz or lower
standard MB
2x512 ddr2
vid card now better than a 7600 and probably much lower
4 80mm case fans
1 HD
1 DVD/cd

And thats about it..
a b ) Power supply
September 1, 2007 7:57:39 PM

Go with the fsp fortron (or Sparkle, almost identical). Even the 350w version might be adequate for your system. Fsp underates their output by about 50w, if I remember correctly. They are conservative in their maximum ratings.