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Antec Earthwatts 380W vs Gigabyte SUPERB 460W PSU!!

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September 22, 2008 11:42:00 PM

Hey everybody, I've got plans to buy a new PSU later... but i dont know which one.. my money is very limited so i'd prefer buying the cheapest out of these 2:

PC Specs:

Motherboard: Asrock AliveXfire-eSata2
CPU: Amd Athlon x2 6000+ 64bit
Graphics: Asus 8800GT 512MB
Hard Disk: 160GB 8MB cache SataII
Fans: One on the side of the case.. (8mm) and one at the back (12mm)
RAM: OCZ 2x1GB DDRII800 Dual Channel Kit

by the way.. i need the one with the highest Amperage.. as my Graphics recommends high amperage..
Here is the 2 i've come up with.. and I will NOT go for any other ones.. so i've gotta decide between these two..

Antec Earthwatts 380W:

Gigabyte Superb 460W:

I'm not sure about the amperage on these.. as i dont really know much about calculating amperage etc.. but i THINK the gigabyte one is cheaper, has more wattage and higher amperage... I'm not sure.. please help me out..

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September 22, 2008 11:50:30 PM

From what I've found, the antec has more amperage on the +12v rail.

antec: 2x17a rails

gigabyte: 1x14a and 1x15a rails.

You can buy either of those power supplies and they will work, but I'd buy the antec over the gigabyte.
September 22, 2008 11:51:53 PM

the thing is.. my budget is very limited.. there wont really be a decrease in performance if i get the gigabyte one right?
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September 22, 2008 11:54:04 PM

and also.. from what i've heard.. i think the 8800GT 512mb needs 22a on the 12v rail or 26a on the 12v rail.. i dont really know :S
September 23, 2008 12:47:03 AM

If your on a tight budget, get the Gigabyte. It will be fine.

An undersized PSU will not decrease performance. Usually, you won't get any performance, because your PC will just crash or not start at all. Won't happen with the Gigabyte though.
September 23, 2008 2:10:55 AM

antec is better quality + more amps.
September 23, 2008 2:29:07 AM

A quality psu is very high up on the pc priority list and I have that antec and I think its worth the extra cash. Just my opinion
September 23, 2008 10:35:08 AM

hmm.. thanks for the replys.. is there a significant difference between the two PSU's? I'm considering the Antec one too now.. but if there isnt a significant difference... i might aswell go for the gigabyte one... i dont know..
September 23, 2008 10:36:24 AM

5 more amps... but less wattage, which shouldn't be a big problem.. as antec seems to be the one more people choose
September 23, 2008 10:38:29 AM

the gigabyte is out of stock.. im juust going to go for the antec.. thanks for the help everybody.... i've realised the antec is better now..
September 24, 2008 10:18:18 PM

I'll be ordering Asus 8800GT 512MB, Antec EarthWatts 380W and Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB SataII Hard Drive in 1 hour :)  I'll get free Company of Heroes: Opposing fronts and Race Driver: Grid along with these, for free :)  I'm so excited!
September 24, 2008 11:50:18 PM

all ordered :) ) Thanks alot everybody.. high probability ill have another set of 2x1gb next month.. so it will be 4gb dual core ram :) )