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October 22, 2007 5:51:16 AM

Well this is the best "brand" with good Watts I can find in my range:

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply for $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply for $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply for $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What you guys think? Know anything better?

I used: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10... to help me a bit...the Thermaltake is "Tier 3" which isn't bad...and better than most of the others at its price range.

MY System:

AMD 64 3500+ Venice
1 GB Corsair Value-Pack AMD (512x2 in Dual Channel)
x1950 pro 512 MB
Socket 939 MSI Neo NForce 4 Motherboard with PCI-E 16x slot
10k Raptor 75gb Western Digital HD
7.2k 200gb Seagate HD
7.2k 300gb Seagate HD

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October 22, 2007 7:01:15 AM

dont buy a psu under the price of $80... rule of thumb
October 22, 2007 7:04:08 AM

maverick7 said:
dont buy a psu under the price of $80... rule of thumb


yes yes i know..but right now...my system is kinda old...and I don't plan on doing a full upgrade on it...I just need something that will last me a year...and all the parts on this machine are like 3 years old...so I just need something that works well for a cheap price. I don't want to spend money right now - When I will, I will go all out - but for now...just need to find something that works well. I am currently, willing to take on some risk...educated risk...for the sake of saving.

PS: What $80 PSU you had in mind?
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October 22, 2007 7:29:22 AM

Look no further:
8800gtx on 380w PSU!
http://www.overclockers.com/articles1452/

PSU - $45 shipped - $35 w/Goggle checkout Can power 8800gtx and an OC’d e6600! See link above for proof!
Antec Earthwatt 380W P/Satx 12V v.2.2 80MM P/S2 Fan 80-Plus Certified - EA380
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-earthwatt-380w-p-satx-12v...

Could you list your system specs, so we can give a definative answer? I posted the link above, so you could see what a QUALITY PSU can do. The ones you posted are good ones, so your doing your homework :) 
October 22, 2007 7:37:38 AM

My System

AMD 64 3500+ Venice
1 GB Corsair Value-Pack AMD (512x2 in Dual Channel)
x1950 pro 512 MB
Socket 939 MSI Neo NForce 4 Motherboard with PCI-E 16x slot
10k Raptor 75gb Western Digital HD
7.2k 200gb Seagate HD
7.2k 300gb Seagate HD
October 22, 2007 7:52:58 AM

qmalik said:
yes yes i know..but right now...my system is kinda old...and I don't plan on doing a full upgrade on it...I just need something that will last me a year...and all the parts on this machine are like 3 years old...so I just need something that works well for a cheap price. I don't want to spend money right now - When I will, I will go all out - but for now...just need to find something that works well. I am currently, willing to take on some risk...educated risk...for the sake of saving.

PS: What $80 PSU you had in mind?


A $80 SilverStone Element ST50EFP 500 Watt.
October 22, 2007 8:01:12 AM

The ThermalTake model is a great buy, but so is the Cosair. Flip a coin.
October 22, 2007 8:06:24 AM

systemlord said:
The ThermalTake model is a great buy, but so is the Cosair. Flip a coin.


soo...$35 vs $70...im a cheap guy - ill probably get the ThermalTake. lol.
October 22, 2007 8:41:57 AM

qmalik said:
Well this is the best "brand" with good Watts I can find in my range:

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply for $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply for $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply for $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What you guys think? Know anything better?

I used: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10... to help me a bit...the Thermaltake is "Tier 3" which isn't bad...and better than most of the others at its price range.

MY System:

AMD 64 3500+ Venice
1 GB Corsair Value-Pack AMD (512x2 in Dual Channel)
x1950 pro 512 MB
Socket 939 MSI Neo NForce 4 Motherboard with PCI-E 16x slot
10k Raptor 75gb Western Digital HD
7.2k 200gb Seagate HD
7.2k 300gb Seagate HD


Thermaltake = 29amps
Fortron = 25amps
Corsair = 33amps

You get what you pay for.
October 22, 2007 8:45:03 AM

The Fortron is: +12V1@18A, +12V2@16A

isn't that 34amps?
October 22, 2007 8:49:05 AM

qmalik said:
The Fortron is: +12V1@18A, +12V2@16A

isn't that 34amps?

No
Maximum combined wattage on the 12v divided by 12 = amps

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=205763

The 1950 calls for a 30a (but probably less) but with 3HDD's and whatever else you have?

Your call

October 22, 2007 10:23:51 AM

Newegg is famous for good deals like that, it is no wonder many decided to buy out what was in stock.
October 22, 2007 11:28:05 AM

I calculated that in order to run you system you need a power supply with 20-22 amps on the 12v rails.
a b ) Power supply
October 22, 2007 11:51:57 AM

Too bad you can't wait for black friday. I've gotten a ps or case almost free after rebate nearly every year at Fry's.
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October 22, 2007 12:34:59 PM

o1die said:
Too bad you can't wait for black friday. I've gotten a ps or case almost free after rebate nearly every year at Fry's.

NICE!! Hopefully I have some $ to get one like that! I need more amps, got an x1800xt on a 13a PSU :( 
October 22, 2007 3:36:53 PM

The Corsair 450w is one of the best PSU deals going right now. However you can get it cheaper at both Buy.com and Zipzoomfly after shipping costs are factored in. Buy.com doesn't even have a rebate. The PSU costing at least $80 rule does not apply to this PSU at all and will outperform units costing 50% more. It is also a very efficient unit.
October 22, 2007 4:59:38 PM

The Silencer IS good....now if they will just discount that a little on black friday.
October 22, 2007 5:01:57 PM

o1die said:
Too bad you can't wait for black friday. I've gotten a ps or case almost free after rebate nearly every year at Fry's.


Whats black friday?
October 22, 2007 5:17:23 PM

^^^

Lol are you serious? Black Friday is known as the Friday after Thanksgiving. Many people in America have off that Friday and try to take advantage of it by doing all of their xmas shopping that day. It is also notorious for having the best deals of the year on many items.

I myself, as going to get up early enough and head to best buy to try to find a good deal on a 42" LCD.


It should also be known that it is among the busiest and most crowded times of the year to shop. Better not go if you don't like crowds or waiting forever for anything.
October 22, 2007 7:31:29 PM

The EarthWatts are good PSUs.

They are not as good as the Corsair/Silencer GPUs.
But then again, they are not as expensive.
You will never see Rebates on those dropping the price that low.
Rebates on the Antec's are not uncommon.
The EarthWatts are likely better than the two cheapest you first listed.

October 22, 2007 7:34:40 PM

do u think my system with a 1950pro work with the EarthWatts 380W or should i get the 430W?
October 23, 2007 3:14:24 AM

I would go for the 430w.
Running a PSU at too heavy of a load for a long time is not a good thing.

October 23, 2007 3:54:46 AM

I ran my e6600 and 8800 GTX on a Thermaltake 500 toughpower for a while and added a $40 Thermaltake Powerexpress 250 to my 5.25 bay to run the GPU.

Now have an e6750 @3.6, 4 gigs of Corsair pc-6400, with the GTX flashed to an Ultra bios and a swiftech watercooled loop for all, 3 HD's , 2 DVD-RWs, and several other goodies Orthos stable for 48 hours.

Very impressed with the Thermaltake units.

None have failed in my last 3 rigs, going back to a dell replacement over 5 years ago, still going strong at the office.
October 23, 2007 4:05:52 AM

That corsair with the single big rail looks nice.
a b ) Power supply
October 23, 2007 4:14:37 AM

zenmaster said:
I would go for the 430w.
Running a PSU at too heavy of a load for a long time is not a good thing.

I totally agree here. I just put in the link to show what a QUALITY PSU can do. Not that I'm recommending that you run the PSU at full load for it's life, but at least the OP can decide for himself if he really wants to push things or leave a little more room for a more powerful PSU. The Antec 430w PSU (with rebates) is very difficult to pass up. Your getting a quality PSU and enough connectors to handle most recent GPU's (1x6 pin PCI-e).
October 23, 2007 5:18:11 AM

The Silencer 610 that bobbknight posted is a good deal and can certainly migrate to a future build. The new silencer 470 looks nice as well but I haven't seen a review yet. The Corsair VX and HX are good as well. All of them are single rail, even though the HX claim to be multirail. Single rail is more important with the smaller PSUs IMO.
October 23, 2007 6:01:12 AM

I agree with anyone who likes the Silencer those psu's are awesome.
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October 23, 2007 8:01:13 AM

Okay I agree that spending $100-$150 on a PSU isn't a bad idea. I think we are going off track from the OP request. He was looking for ~$50 PSU. I was just trying to fit the PSU from the OP into his original request. That is why I wasn't suggesting $100-150 PSU's. If he has that kind of $ to spend, than step up and just do it and let us know that he's changed his mind.
October 23, 2007 8:35:48 AM

deuce271 said:
^^^

Lol are you serious? Black Friday is known as the Friday after Thanksgiving. Many people in America have off that Friday and try to take advantage of it by doing all of their xmas shopping that day. It is also notorious for having the best deals of the year on many items.

I myself, as going to get up early enough and head to best buy to try to find a good deal on a 42" LCD.


It should also be known that it is among the busiest and most crowded times of the year to shop. Better not go if you don't like crowds or waiting forever for anything.

Not everyone lives in the US.

Out of the three you listed, the corsair (actually a seasonic unit) is the best by far. You could also look at the AX450-PN which has 29A, but you might as well go for the better quality corsair as it's not much more expensive.
October 23, 2007 8:51:21 AM

lunyone said:
Look no further:
8800gtx on 380w PSU!
http://www.overclockers.com/articles1452/

PSU - $45 shipped - $35 w/Goggle checkout Can power 8800gtx and an OC’d e6600! See link above for proof!
Antec Earthwatt 380W P/Satx 12V v.2.2 80MM P/S2 Fan 80-Plus Certified - EA380
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-earthwatt-380w-p-satx-12v...

Could you list your system specs, so we can give a definative answer? I posted the link above, so you could see what a QUALITY PSU can do. The ones you posted are good ones, so your doing your homework :) 


AcBel 300w + 7800GTX512
AcBel 400w + 8800GTS 640

Seen this all before, PSU's are all hype atm.
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