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Cheap PSU to finish a cheap PC build

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February 22, 2010 7:12:42 PM

I'm looking for a good, cheap PSU to finish off my cheap little computer I'm building, but at the moment I don't know what makes a good PSU. I'm trying to learn about them but right now I'm a little overwhelmed by all the numbers and don't want to make a mistake and order a poor PSU. Anyway I have about $50 to spend on a PSU to go with these other parts:
Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-310-BWN1-GP-Elit...

Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2​H Micro ATX Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-MA785GMT-UD2H-Micro-A...

Amd Athlon II X2 250
http://www.amazon.com/Amd-Athlon-II-X2-250/dp/B002BIQC6...

Patriot Signature DDR3 Module Desktop Memory PSD32G13332
http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Signature-Module-Desktop-...


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3 GB/s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3500418AS-Bar​e Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-ST3500418AS-Bar...

Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Internal-Height-Supermult...

So does anyone have any suggestions for a PSU, or maybe to change a part I've already picked out?
I really appreciate any help offered, thanks.
February 22, 2010 7:24:05 PM

The CPU is $5 cheaper on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need two sticks of RAM. Here's a 2x1 GB for $62 shipped that will actually be faster (the CAS Latency is more important than the speed): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok, so now for a PSU. Are you planning on adding a GPU later? If not, you could easily power all of this on a 300W unit. If you do, you'll need a 450W.

This 450W Corsair is the cheapest one (at $60 after rebate) that I can recommend for quality.

This 300W SeaSonic for $39 is the only 300W I can recommend.

EDIT: User reviews mean nothing. And since when does 4 out of 5 equal good for the part that needs to be the most reliable thing in the PC? I wouldn't touch a CM PSU with a 40 foot pole...
February 22, 2010 8:19:32 PM

I live in Hawaii and Newegg shipping prices are absurd for me. It would cost over $200 in shipping to order from them, Amazon has free shipping.

I don't plan to add a GPU later, but I think it would be nice to at least have the option to do so. I'm kind of leaning towards that 450W Corsair PSU you recommended. Thanks.

And thanks for the advice on using the two sticks of RAM.
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