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December 17, 2010 3:17:47 PM

I'm looking for an inexpensive PSU for my brother-in-law's PC.

I forget the precise specs of his machine, but it's a Gateway with an old Phenom series processor, 1 optical drive, 1 HDD, and an onboard HD4200. I looked at the specs online at one point and he has either a 250w or 350w generic PSU.

Anyways, onto the pertinent stuffs.

My brother-in-law is not a hardcore gamer; mostly just WoW and other random games here and there. But the onboard HD4200 struggles in quite a few of those random games. And since the few games I play don't see much performance gain from SLI, I'm looking to toss my Palit Geforce 9800GT Super+ 1GB card into his machine so he no longer has to suffer with his HD4200 performance (or lack thereof). Specs for this card indicate minimally a 450w PSU with 26Amps on the 12v rail, and 1x 6-pin PCI-E connector (I've got loads of molex to 6-pin adapters, but prefer one on the PSU itself)

It is a very basic machine, so I'm thinking I may be able to push a decent 430w. Been considering the following:

Antec Earthwatts EA430 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Basiq BP500U 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looking to stay within the $50-60 range. And I won't bother with mail-in rebates because I'm just that damn lazy.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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December 17, 2010 4:24:14 PM

I would go with the ocz. I have the 400w version, and the 135mm fan is very quiet. Send in the rebate form. You'll get it.
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December 17, 2010 9:39:27 PM

the thermaltake tr2 series is a definite no-no. i dont really think oczs are so great. the antec bp500 is bad, along with the others in the series (except the 550w version which is good), the ea430 would be sufficient, as would the ea380...
yes, the seasonic sportsfaboy linked to would work well too.
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a c 125 ) Power supply
December 17, 2010 10:43:02 PM

Just say no to any PSU with a little voltage switch on it, like the Thermaltake. The BP500 is NOT a bad PSU AT ALL: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-Basiq-BP50... and would do quite well. The OCZ has also reviewed well, but I'm not sure about the longevity of OCZ PSUs; I've read accounts of "corner-cutting" on component quality that make me a little nervous. The one sportsfanboy linked would also be good; Seasonic seems not to know how to make a bad PSU. The only downside to it is a lot of extra cables, and they aren't sleeved. Take a look at the 380W Antec Earthwatts. It is $45 right now. It has 28A available on its +12V rails. Although its cables are also unsleeved (and it DOESN'T come with a power cord, in case that matters), there are fewer of those cables to try to hide somewhere.

Edit: EA-380D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 20, 2010 3:40:23 PM

I agree with jtt. Of the choices in your list, my first choice would be the Basiq, followed by the Earthwatts.
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December 20, 2010 7:53:30 PM

I have OCZ ModX and Fatal1ty and they have been faultless for years.
The fatal1ty is quieter than the ModX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 600w ModX is $5 more than the 500w and it has $6 off and is $49.99 after rebate.

I'm not saying they are the best, just that they aren't a bad choice so worth considering along with the others. ;) 

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December 20, 2010 8:48:11 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm on the fence between the Basiq and the OCZ. I've used OCZ PSUs in the past and haven't had any issues. I'm liking the price on the Basiq ($50 vs $65; yea I know there's a rebate, but it's still more cash out of pocket initially which I never enjoy), but I'm also liking the modularity of the OCZ.....oh decisions decisions....
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December 20, 2010 8:48:18 PM

Best answer selected by kaosnkorruption.
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December 20, 2010 9:04:41 PM

Thanks for the vote of confidence. Your system won't strain either of those PSUs, so the OCZ would probably be safe; there is certainly something to be said for modular cables. Check for deals though, every now and then Newegg has some great prices on one or more of the Antecs, although they do often involve rebates (a game I don't care for either).
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