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SILENT power supply for HTPC

Just bought my new HTPC, now all i need is a power supply. I want something as silent as possible... I heard about fanless power supply but i'm not sure if it is a good idea (overheating on high use?) and if it would be enough for my computer...

Other choice would be a SILENT power supply with only 1 fan... i heard about PSU with fans that turns on only when there is a lot of heat, maybe it would be a good idea for me...

The PSU needs to fit in my Antec Fusion Remote case (not the "max" version)


Here is my list of hardware in my HTPC:

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

AMD A6-3650 APU W/ AMD Radeon 65XX HD GFX Quad Core Processor Socket FM1 2.6GHZ 4MB 100W

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Gigabyte A75M-D2H mATX AMD FM1 A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI DDR3 HDMI DVI SATA3 USB 3.0 Motherboard

+ DVD / keyboard / mouse / remote / wireless mini keyboard / bluetooth adapter
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  1. You can go to SPCR to find out which PSU is appropriate for you.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

    I generally use Seasonic PSUs since they are high quality and very quiet even though they have fans.
  2. I think your case needs a standatd ATX psu.
    If so, look to the SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Active PFC F3 400W fanless psu.
    Because it is gold rated for efficiency, it really needs little cooling.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151097

    Even the other gold rated seasonics have a fan controller that does not turn on the fan untill it gets a relatively heavy load.
    You really don't need a strong psu unless you have a strong graphics card. A stronger gold rated unit with a fan would be the 560w unit:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151098
  3. looks nice, but over my budget :( any cheaper alternatives ?
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    ungovernable said:
    looks nice, but over my budget :( any cheaper alternatives ?


    You can try a FSP gold unit, which costs $71:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104096
    FSP is a good budget brand.

    A bit off the wall, if you have low power requirements would be something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817129006

    Or, just get a good, low cost psu like the Corsair builder series 430w for $25 after rebate.
    I have used it before, and it really is quiet, but not silent.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
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  6. Unfortunately the FSP Aurum series is known for having fans which spin too fast. I have read of one person actually changing the fan on his unit because it spins too fast for him.
    This is also confirmed by a review at Xbitlabs.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/fsp-aurum-psu.html
  7. You dont need much power for that build, around 150W peak.
    This sparkle got good reviews
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103047

    This Silverstone uses heatpipes instead of fans. Good reviews too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817163106

    And then theres the seasonic many people use. I think it was already recommended.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072
  8. I got tired of replacing Power Supplies in my system. So I stretched for one that I wouldn't have any more problems with.

    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024

    $99.99 after rebate.
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