Need low-cost, quality power supply

I am planning on upgrading my graphics card so I need a good power supply to back it up. At least 400W at a budget of $30(ish). I want it to last long as well. Here is the system:

AMD Phenom II Quad-core 2.8Ghz
8GB DDR2
640GB SATA
NVIDIA Geforce 9600GT

The recomended watts for the system (minus the 9600GT) is 350W, the card's minimum is 400W

thanks
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  1. The words "cheap" and "quality" turn that sentence into an oxymoron. There's no such thing. You are not going to find a good 400 watt PSU for $30. Double that and maybe find something on sale.
  2. the lowest I'd go for is

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

    and that is the LOWEST that I'd go from a named brand, never waste money on non named bands
  3. I was thinking http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4465483

    Its name-brand
    500W
    Low-cost
    60-month warranty :sarcastic:
  4. ok read this and decide for your self:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/728


    ripple and noise far above what a named brand should be, this one is a dud....

    also, for the antec its the 500w version but...

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/526/7
  5. The 500W Antec is too expensive for my budget right now... Do you think I would be better with a quality 400W PSU than a so-so 500W?
  6. you would be, the 430 W i linked is a great buy atm since you get 20 dollars off and free shipping in us, and it is definitely a great one to buy (even if it looks bland)

    what i meant is that the 430 w should be similar to the 500 in terms of noise and efficiency, so the quality of power would be the same, the load will not be tho
  7. theholylancer said:


    also, for the antec its the 500w version but...

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/526/7

    Can't really use this, not because it's for the 500, but because Antec changed oem's and now use's Delta for both the 430 and 500 watt units.
    By all accounts the quality and reliability hasn't suffered, but the new revisions are slightly different.
  8. delluser1 said:
    Can't really use this, not because it's for the 500, but because Antec changed oem's and now use's Delta for both the 430 and 500 watt units.
    By all accounts the quality and reliability hasn't suffered, but the new revisions are slightly different.



    o blah, they changed it?

    well delta makes some nice server class stuff so its not as if they are going with superflower or something
  9. that Corsair is similar to Corsair VX450W, Antec EarthWatts 500 W and Arctic Cooling Fusion 550RF, but using less power transistors on the primary according to

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/750/10

    so it should work, better than that other CM one, CM makes some nice stuff, but that one just stands out....
  10. also, see that the corsair has main in rebate, and the newegg is instant, so that may factor into your choice,
  11. Thanks for al your help I think I have everything I need for now
  12. jsc said:
    The words "cheap" and "quality" turn that sentence into an oxymoron. There's no such thing. You are not going to find a good 400 watt PSU for $30. Double that and maybe find something on sale.


    I got a great used 500watt OCZ PSU off of ebay for $30 free S&H. :D
  13. Should have qualified my statement with "new".
  14. Well, technically it was new too. The guy said it didn't fit in his Dell slimline case. XD
  15. ahahahahahaahahaha

    o lord the OEMs make my day when they do that,

    but if they ask me to trouble shoot things for OEM, then its buy a new one, it was cheap after all
  16. coolwhhip said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

    I found this one, seems to be a decent PSU

    You're not likely to find to many people here who would agree with that statement.
    Raidmax power supplies have been the stars of several "exploding psu " video's.
  17. lets think of it this way, if you see that brand of psu bundled with 50 dollar cases, then chances are its crap, if you see that brand with 300 or 400 dollar cases, then it would be safter to assume that it is okay (safe, not exact since the Cooler master above has too high of a noise, acceptable under the spec, unacceptable for a good brand psu)

    that or they are not included in cases and are well known. but that part is the hard part lolz
  18. woah good deal there, that one would last for some time (usually PSU, case, when brought good can last over a few builds at least)
  19. My budget may have opened up for now...but I'm gona need more than 400W now more like 500W
  20. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153052

    is thermaltake a good brand? Ive seen them around with some of the expensive cases plus this one has a $22 rebate and $10 instant
  21. Ok disregard pretty much everything so far, I just figured out that the case is MicroATX... :( Will an ATX PSU fit in mATX?
  22. coolwhhip said:
    Will an ATX PSU fit in mATX?

    What case is it ?
  23. Its an HP prebuilt one. All it says is "Chassis: uATX"
  24. look at the psu already in there, is it full sized or half sized? =P look at the space where it goes. this isnt rocket science. ^^
  25. coolwhhip said:
    "Chassis: uATX"

    :o
  26. neon neophyte said:
    look at the psu already in there, is it full sized or half sized? =P look at the space where it goes. this isnt rocket science. ^^


    I dont have the computer yet..but does anyone have a general idea or does it depend on the case/insides?
  27. coolwhhip said:
    does anyone have a general idea ?

    Yes
    Slim line cases require TFX power supplies not ATX.
    They have a Seasonic 300 watt unit at Newegg ( search for it ) but you'll need to make sure it's dimensions match those of your HP, I know that it fits a couple of Dell slimline machines.
  28. o lord OEM, that just means death lol, only old grannies should buy HP and they should throw them out and get a new one when it stops working....
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