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What is the most power efficient PSU I can get for under $50?

Total: 14 votes (3 blank votes)

  • Corsair 400cx
  • 42 %
  • Antec Earthwatts Green 380w
  • 34 %
  • SeaSonic S12II 330 Bronze 330W
  • 0 %
  • Other? (Please provide suggestions)
  • 9 %
  • Dont bother--will never recoup $50 in electricity savings on low end system.
  • 17 %
a b ) Power supply
December 26, 2009 1:08:39 AM

Looking for a PSU to max an office desktop efficiency at reasonable cost. Not a demanding system. (has an HD 4350) What do you think my best choice is?

I have a corsair 400 that I love, but since this system doesnt really need 400w-- would the bronze rated seasonic be a better choice?

EDIT:Sorry I was unclear-- I own the corsair in a DIFFERENT system-- I would be buying new for this computer.

Thanks in advance!
a c 694 ) Power supply
December 26, 2009 1:41:52 AM

If you have the corsair it makes sense to use it instead of buying a new one.
December 26, 2009 1:50:48 AM

corsair of course, corsairs are always nice if you campare it to others. and it even offers a higher watts.
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a b ) Power supply
December 26, 2009 4:08:06 AM

Sorry I was unclear-- I would be buying new for this computer. I just meant that I had previously purchased a 400cx and like it a lot.
December 26, 2009 4:27:50 AM

Acually I think the Antec would be more efficient. The Cosair is great & more powerful tho.
a c 248 ) Power supply
December 26, 2009 4:40:02 AM

There are only two 400 watt power supplies that have earned 80+ Gold certification for energy efficiency:

Acbel FS9008

Delta Electronics DPS-400W

Both units cost less that $40.00 retail. Bump it up to 500 watt power supplies and there are quite a few.
a c 144 ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 11:19:41 AM

I vote for another Corsair. The difference in efficiencies at that power level isn't much and the 400CX is my favorite sub-500 watt PSU.
a c 248 ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 2:56:42 PM

obsidian - Isn't that a 230-240 volt psu designed for commercial servers?
a b ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 3:05:38 PM

yeah thats a whole 4000watts of it
a c 248 ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 3:18:38 PM

obsidian - Somewhere there must be a whacked out hardcore gamer dreaming of the day he can use it with a seriously overclocked Intel octo-core cpu, liquid nitrogen, and 8 of the world's fastest, most expensive, video cards in octo-mode to satisfy an insatiable urge to go on a suicidal mission to save the galaxy from alien invaders! :lol: 
a b ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 3:21:20 PM

cant i use to power my 486 with my voodoo?
a b ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 9:23:11 PM

LOL @ some of your comments.

Thanks for the advice from all of you. This system really only needs like 250w so I'm strongly considering the Antec.

I'll also look into the Acbel FS9008 and Delta Electronics DPS-400W. Does anyone know anything about these companies?
a b ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 9:52:35 PM

delta one of the biggest oem suppliers in the world made their name in sever power supplies, owned by dell provides most of the antec power supplies and various other companies

acbel been round a while not as big as delta. i think they use seasonic and enhance as oem suppliers
a c 243 ) Power supply
December 27, 2009 11:15:48 PM

Dell own's Delta ?, never heard that before.
Delta provides Dell with power supplies, part of what made them ( Delta ) the biggest supplier of oem power supplies in the world.
Acbel is an oem, and judging by this review , not good
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/552
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