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Looking for advice on new psu

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January 7, 2010 5:43:38 PM


I have a relatively old computer which I use for storage and downloading...It's psu gave up and I am going to replace it. It was a Zalman silent 400W and I am wondering what I should put in there. I am just going to continue using the pc as file/download-server.

Here are the details of what's inside:

Pentium 4 2GHz
4 IDE HD's: WD Caviar Green 500GB / Maxtor 200GB / Maxtor 200 GB / Maxtor 160 GB
PCI Network Card
Basic fanless NVIDIA GPU(don't remember wich one...with 256 MB Memory)

I was looking at the following models:

Corsair CX 400W
Xilence Power 400W
Antec Basiq 430W

Would these models be ok and am I right when saying I should prefer the Corsair ? IT would be nice to be able to choose between these models cause I already have an open order for some other stuff from the same shop where I can get these. If I choose one of the above I don't have to pay (15 Euro) transport costs. If off course someone feels I need something else...I am open for suggestions,

ty for your time.

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January 7, 2010 5:53:48 PM

Yes, I guess you have a point there,

all it has to do is work and be silent.
a c 122 ) Power supply
January 7, 2010 6:10:04 PM

It can be a small one, but choose a PSU that has full range active PFC (aren't all in the EU like that now?) and 80+ certification. That Antec Basiq isn't bad, but it is the only Antec I know of that has received only mediocre reviews. An Earthwatts would be better; the newest ones are 80+ bronze. The 380W model would be enough for you. Of the choices you listed, I'd get the Corsair, hands down.
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January 7, 2010 6:23:20 PM

Yes...The Corsair is the most expensive, but I'll go for that one. The Antec has a 80mm fan, the other 2 a 120mm fan...120mm should be more silent. And the Xilence is made in China I think...not my favorit place to have things made,

thx for thinking with me.
a b ) Power supply
January 7, 2010 7:19:30 PM

+1 Corsair 400 CX!! Its only $39 on newegg.

I own one and its fantastic. Its silent, blows cool air out of my case, etc.

If the price difference were bigger I'd say generic.. but I think this is worth $10-15 more.
a c 144 ) Power supply
January 8, 2010 10:09:09 AM

No. Never generic.
January 8, 2010 1:00:21 PM


in the end I bought an FSP 450W. I think I had an FSP PSU's nothing special, but I needed one with at least 5 molex connectors. I have 4 IDE HD's. The newer fancier models seem to have sata power connectors and I didn't feel like using convertors,

it seems to work fine and quiet.