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July 23, 2009 2:20:42 PM

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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July 23, 2009 2:29:45 PM

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.
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July 23, 2009 3:07:44 PM

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?
July 23, 2009 3:09:34 PM

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
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July 23, 2009 3:10:55 PM

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.
July 23, 2009 3:12:45 PM

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
July 23, 2009 3:52:58 PM

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....
July 23, 2009 3:54:35 PM

also, see that the corsair has main in rebate, and the newegg is instant, so that may factor into your choice,
July 23, 2009 4:12:10 PM

Thanks for al your help I think I have everything I need for now
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July 23, 2009 4:56:30 PM

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 
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July 23, 2009 6:56:19 PM

Should have qualified my statement with "new".
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July 24, 2009 3:25:14 AM

Well, technically it was new too. The guy said it didn't fit in his Dell slimline case. XD
July 24, 2009 12:40:44 PM

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
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July 24, 2009 12:49:48 PM

coolwhhip said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
July 24, 2009 2:19:13 PM

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
July 24, 2009 5:09:49 PM

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)
July 24, 2009 6:20:15 PM

My budget may have opened up for now...but I'm gona need more than 400W now more like 500W
July 25, 2009 1:59:25 PM

Ok disregard pretty much everything so far, I just figured out that the case is MicroATX... :(  Will an ATX PSU fit in mATX?
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July 25, 2009 2:42:33 PM

coolwhhip said:
Will an ATX PSU fit in mATX?

What case is it ?
July 25, 2009 3:04:28 PM

Its an HP prebuilt one. All it says is "Chassis: uATX"
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July 25, 2009 3:26:21 PM

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. ^^
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July 25, 2009 3:46:03 PM

coolwhhip said:
"Chassis: uATX"

:o 
July 25, 2009 5:24:26 PM

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?
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July 25, 2009 6:32:18 PM

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.
July 27, 2009 1:29:07 PM

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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