Best PSU for 2ndary rig

Please pick one of these:
1. Antec Basiq 350watt with ~10amps and 13amps on two 12v rails

2. Thermaltake 430 with 18amps on one 12v rail


And one of these:
1. Cooler Master 460 with 36 amps on two 12v rails

2. Cooler Master 500 with 36 amps on two 12v rails

3. Antec 500 with 36 amps on two 12v rails

4. Antec 430 watt with 16amps and 17amps on two 12v rails


thanks
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  1. 2. Thermaltake 430 with 18amps on one 12v rail

    and

    3. Antec 500 with 36 amps on two 12v rails
  2. Bluescreendeath said:

    3. Antec 500 with 36 amps on two 12v rails

    4. Antec 430 watt with 16amps and 17amps on two 12v rails


    thanks


    3. 34 amp combined 12v output ( if it shows dual 18 amp 12v rails on the label it's a Seasonic build, even better in my eye's, but the Delta built unit is no slouch either. )

    4. 30 amp combined 12v output

    These, along with the 380 watt version, are what I use in all of the workstations and low end servers I build, and they make great replacements in many Dells.

    Stay away from the CM 500 and TT 430, they're pretty low quality units.
  3. Twoboxer said:


    1. I picked these out for a reason - I'm not going to spend $75 on a PSU for a 2ndary rig that I'll barely use.

    2. Your 2nd link for the Antec 430watt is basically exactly the same as the antec one I listed
  4. shubham1401 said:
    2. Thermaltake 430 with 18amps on one 12v rail

    and

    3. Antec 500 with 36 amps on two 12v rails


    Thanks. Is 18amps on a single rail slightly better than 23 combined amps on two 12v rails?

    Anonymous said:
    3. 34 amp combined 12v output ( if it shows dual 18 amp 12v rails on the label it's a Seasonic build, even better in my eye's, but the Delta built unit is no slouch either. )

    4. 30 amp combined 12v output

    These, along with the 380 watt version, are what I use in all of the workstations and low end servers I build, and they make great replacements in many Dells.

    Stay away from the CM 500 and TT 430, they're pretty low quality units.



    In your opinion, is the Antec Basiq 350watt (23 combined amps on 2 rails) better than the lower quality TT 430?

    Also, how exactly do you calculate amps for multi-rails?
    Do you take 10-20% off the final total or the like? (so far, I know it's wattage devoted to the 12v rail divided by 12...but most PSUs don't have the stated watts devoted to 12v rails)

    Thanks.
  5. Yes
    Most "lower quality" units won't have the the 12v wattage stated, here's a simple rule of thumb; If the actual 12v output is not stated on the label stay away.
  6. Thanks. Is 18amps on a single rail slightly better than 23 combined amps on two 12v rails?


    Yes 18 amps on single rail is better than two rails of 10 and 13 amps.
    Cuz if you connect your gpu or anything to single rail it is a possibility that you overload single rail.
    (I m not very certain about it tho).

    Have a look at this url.....tis is related to ur ques

    http://forums.slizone.com/lofiversion/index.php?t31123.html
  7. 2x Corsair CX400
  8. Bluescreendeath said:
    1. I picked these out for a reason - I'm not going to spend $75 on a PSU for a 2ndary rig that I'll barely use.

    2. Your 2nd link for the Antec 430watt is basically exactly the same as the antec one I listed


    That's fine. I just like mine to work long, well, and keep my equipment in good shape. The two Antec's arent Basiqly the same - try and find a review of a Basiq.

    I'm sure you'll get some folks to choose. I just thought it a good idea to make the point.
  9. Twoboxer said:
    The two Antec's arent Basiqly the same - try and find a review of a Basiq.


    Either that's a pun or he has no idea how to spell basic.
  10. Bluescreendeath said:
    1. I picked these out for a reason - I'm not going to spend $75 on a PSU for a 2ndary rig that I'll barely use.

    2. Your 2nd link for the Antec 430watt is basically exactly the same as the antec one I listed


    Anonymous said:
    Either that's a pun or he has no idea how to spell basic.


    The fact that you're wondering amazes me lol.
  11. ^ Interesting. I just found ANOTHER Dell PSU from my basement. Instead of
    the underrated but still weak 18amps @ single 12v rail I currently have, this PSU is a 305watt with TWO 18amps (36 total) on 12v rails. It's stated 12v output is 264watts...so the real amps is 22amps.

    These Dell PSUs seem too be pretty sturdy. :p

    Imma maybe try a 4670...a 3870/4830/9800GT might be pushing it though. =/
  12. Get an Antec EA500 for your secondary. The most reliable low-end PSU out. The basiq series is garbage, steer away from them....if you buy the EA500w from newegg you will get the DELTA version with 22a on 2 rails = 44a. Hope this helps....
  13. OvrClkr said:
    if you buy the EA500w from newegg you will get the DELTA version with 22a on 2 rails = 44a.

    Only 34A total on the 12V; the rails are not additive.
  14. The pic that you see on newegg states 17a x2 (2 rails). But thankfully that is the old version (newegg has not updated the pics). The EA500 that you get in the mail has 22a x2 (2 rails) Delta (revised). Same as if you go to Best Buy and purchase the EA500, you get the new version as well.
  15. This review might help you select from among the Antec psus:

    http://xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/antec-psu-roundup.html

    Edit: Link corrected.
  16. You don't get it. You can not add the rails together. The output is 34a still or it would not be a 500w PSU.
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