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Building a game server, need help with choosing a PSU.

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July 30, 2009 7:22:45 AM

Hi guys, I'm building a game server for Left 4 Dead and need help picking out a PSU.
I bought this stuff off newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135075

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103628

Also 4GB ram(2 sticks) and a 320GB HDD.
(newegg stopped the bundle I bought these as and I can't find them right now).

I need to be a cheap as possible and was thinking one of these three:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170012

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817255010

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339019

What would you recommend?

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July 30, 2009 7:27:19 AM

I don't want this to come off the wrong way, but Cheap and PSU don't belong in the same breath.

Why cheap out on the ONE component that can quite literally kill your entire system.

For the sake of your server please look at something like, Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, (most) Antec's, (some) OCZ's.

Your system won't need much power, a decent 400W unit will do from any of the above mentioned sources.


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July 30, 2009 8:36:20 AM

What the F?! Those are generic PSUs. Of course they would be cheap.

Buy a decent one from a certified manufacturer.
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July 30, 2009 9:22:25 AM

>_> yea, but they haven't gotten any exceedingly horrible reviews.
(other than breaking but you can RMA or whatever it's called)
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July 30, 2009 9:30:39 AM

well there is no actually video card in this thing right?

if not, that will be a plenty.
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July 30, 2009 9:35:36 AM

Nope, just a motherboard with a sata HDD attached.
(and a DVD drive while installing the OS)

If I can find a lower wattage psu that is cheaper(and reliable :p  ) how low could I go?
BTW thanks for being soo quick.
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July 30, 2009 9:37:37 AM

off the top of my head, i don't know that you will find a lower wattage psu of a similar quality, even though your system could go a bit lower. I would just snag that Earthwatts and call it a day.
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July 30, 2009 9:40:46 AM

How about Thermaltake? Are they a decent company?
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July 30, 2009 9:48:47 AM

I guess, but not at the same level as Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&P, etc.

I would also stick with the earthwatts.
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July 30, 2009 1:14:13 PM

Get the Antec Earthwatts. It is a solid PSU. I've got one running my Green Gamer, a low-power box with a 4850e on a 790GX board, and a HD4670 GPU. It is primarily a Teamspeak server. Other than brief interruptions for testing things (its other purpose), it has run 24/7 since February. I'm about to put a 720BE on it to do more things, and have no plans to replace the PSU.

For your amusement: http://www.corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747
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July 30, 2009 6:30:30 PM

Hehe, that video is kinda funny.
My first gaming computer (I got ripped off at some computer thing because I was a noob) kinda did that.
except I heard sparks like that, then fire shot out the back :/ .

I guess I will get the earthwatts then, thanks all!
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