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Best "Bang for the Buck" PSU under $60?

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October 17, 2007 3:51:06 PM

Hello everyone, I've recently been looking to upgrade my video card from a 7900gt to an 8800GTS, but my 375w power supply won't be enough power to run it, or so I'm told by BFG technical support, who recommended 420w as an absolute minimum.

With this in mind, can anyone recommend me a good PSU for under $60 that would have enough power to support this video card?

For reference, I'm running a single 120gb harddrive, a single DvD drive, 2GB of RAM, an Intel Core2 6700 2.66GHz, a wireless network card, and a standard mouse and keyboard.

Just for the sake of it, my current PSU runs 375w as stated above, and has 18.0 Amps on the dual 12V rails.

I appreciate your help, so thanks in advance! :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 

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October 17, 2007 4:29:53 PM

I wouldn't want a PSU that cost $60 to be honest. If I'm runing the 8800GTS, I'm going to want a very solid and stable PSU, they are harder to come by for under $100. Not saying you can't get a great PSU for under $100. My point is that the PSU is the last component of your system to go cheap on.
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October 17, 2007 4:35:01 PM

Your Power Supply is the foundation that everything else depends upon. Don't Cheap Out.
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October 17, 2007 5:19:09 PM

In comparison I have the 8800GTS 320 MB and am running the Seasonic S12 650W I picked up at Newegg for $160. Is it more than I need? Probably. Do I regret buying it? Absolutely not, money well spent on one of the best PSUs I can get for what I need. And guess what, I'll probably use it for my next build.
October 17, 2007 5:24:49 PM

FSP's aren't really cheap... They have inexpensive models but most 600w or better still cost upwards of $100.. I use FSP PSU's a lot because they are reliable.
October 17, 2007 5:48:36 PM

I was originally looking at a rosewill, but after some research, it seems that isn't a very good idea.

After looking some more, I got the video card down to $335, so spending 69.99 for the power supply won't be an issue.
October 17, 2007 6:38:53 PM

Antec NeoHE 550 is good when it's on sale. I purchased from bestbuy for 70 a few months back on sale.
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October 17, 2007 8:03:50 PM

timinator said:
FSP's aren't really cheap... They have inexpensive models but most 600w or better still cost upwards of $100.. I use FSP PSU's a lot because they are reliable.


Absolutely. I didn't mean to insult FSP at all. They're very good. It just happens that they're the only good brand I know that actually has some models under $60. I've never seen a PC P&C selling for $60 for example. All I see under $60, usually, apart from FSP, is Tier 4 or 5 stuff.

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October 17, 2007 8:46:31 PM

You can game with and overlock the 8800 GTS all you want with your current psu.
They sell the machine with an option to upgrade to the 8800 GTX and they don't do psu upgrades to make it work.
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October 17, 2007 9:13:40 PM

He's got 18 amps, and the 8800 GTS needs 26 if I remember right. Sounds a bit scary...
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a b U Graphics card
October 17, 2007 9:37:41 PM

Chances are this is his power supply

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October 17, 2007 10:01:47 PM

arminas said:
Get out of my head! :pt1cable: 

Yea, that's mine alright...so are you saying its totally possible to just buy the card, and not worry about the power supply at all?


Yes, like I said they sell it with the GTX so your fine with the GTS.
The psu has a combined +12v output of up to 30 amps.
October 17, 2007 10:04:37 PM

I don't think your current PSU will do the trick. Do yourself a favor, buy a good PSU. Buy a good enough one and take it with you on your next build.
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October 17, 2007 10:25:23 PM

In the end you have to look at the full system. A 8800GTS takes less then 9 amps and just under 10(the 26 assumes a fully loaded system, not just the video card) for most factory overclocked ones.

EDIT

did not see dual rails...

you are MORE(30 amps is plenty) then good to go...the only reason that psu is not rated high(450+ watts or so) is due to the fact that the 3.3 and 5 volt lines are lower. Since they know there is less and less equipment running on those lines, why make a psu with 35 amps of each of those rails when you dont need to. Your good to go
October 17, 2007 10:48:59 PM

Do not get that psu zenmaster posted... it had 18a on one 12v rail. If your going to recommend an upgrade for someone, make sure its an upgrade. Your psu now will actually be fine :) . Stay away from xion psus!!
October 17, 2007 11:12:35 PM

As I mentioned in another post... I grabbed an Ultra 600W as an emergency PSU (I was in Tigerdirect in Miami and it was the only PSU greater than 500W, and had a plane to catch) and I said "what the heck, I'll take this one ($70) and I will sell it after and get a serious PSU". But surprised me in a good way because it ended being a good PSU.

At the end I decided to keep it. I don't know about how much time will serve me well, I'm ready to get a good PSU, but as long as my Ultra gives me what I want, will be installed.
October 18, 2007 12:09:20 AM

Something to keep in mind when you're shopping for "deals".

Back in about '91 or '92 (hehe, before I could do research on the internet) I was in a hurry to get a system built so I ran out and got a case with a PS included for $100. I put it together and things seemed to work fine so I didn't worry about it too much. 3 or 4 months later I found that system dead. Turned out the power supply died. Well, the sad thing is that I had a $1000 tape drive in the machine that apparently fried when the PS failed. That was a very expensive cheap power supply. I'd guess that power supply cost me $1050. Bottom line is when you cheap out on the PS you just may lose all of the money you've invested in anything that's powered by it.

I've never had a PC Power and Cooling PS quit. I've been using them since '92 or '93 so that should means something. Seasonics look good for quiet power supplies. I've had some Sparkles made by Fortron that never gave me problems. I'd give them a look for a bottom line machine.

A couple of the Corsairs are made by Seasonic and pretty much identical in design to the Seasonics models.
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October 18, 2007 4:16:52 AM

Remember Strockets hurt!!!

And the hog can kill ANYTHING....by running it over

The human tank can take lots of damage without blowing up...

:) 
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