to replace my little 250w that came with the computer.
I was also looking to upgrade my graphics card, to preferably a 5570, 5670, maybe even 5770.
Was just wondering two things, first off; Is that power supply any good, because I'm on a tight budget, so that rebate looks nice, but if the thing is going to explode on me, then it's not worth the rebate.
Secondly, if I was to get that power supply, what would be the best card it could support?
First I will say this ANY PSU that would cost $19.99 even after rebate I would stay away from. Not only are you risking a fire with a bad quality PSU , you can burn out your board or simply not actually get the power it claims it will give. Sirdevon is totally on point buying a cheap PSU more often then not ends up resulting in you buying yet another PSU when the first one kicks the bucket or tanks your system.
I would keep in mind with both of those PSU's that they are NOT 80 cert they even state on the page your gonna get some thing like 70% actual power from it that is some thing like 350 watts of actual power.
It seems like the general consensus is to definately stay away from the APEVIA, and I think I am going to go with that Antec 380W power supply. I was wondering though, will this power supply have a high enough wattage for future upgrades (nothing huge, maybe adding 8 gigs of RAM, or possibly getting a 5670/5770)? And, since the Antec does not come with a power cord, will there be any compatibility issues with my current power cord?. My computer I'm looking to upgrade is the HP Pavilion 6710f, if that helps.
The Radeon HD 5670 has a Maximum Board Power of 64 Watts. A power supply with a +12 Volt continuous current rating of 18 Amps or greater is recommended.
The Radeon HD 5770 has a Maximum Board Power of 108 Watts. A power supply with a +12 Volt continuous current rating of 22 Amps or greater and with at least one or more 75W 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors is recommended.
The Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W will have no problem powering your system with either one of those graphics cards.
You should be able to reuse the AC power cable, from your HP Pavilion 6710f, with the Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W just as Antec intended.
Both those PSUs have the same amount of usable 12V power, 28A. As such I guess it comes down to whether you think you'll get the rebate to make the Corsair cheaper. (or look at something else like efficiency. I'd bet the Antec wins.) Either PSU is a fine choice for a cheap build.
I went with the corsair, both seem like reliable power sources, but the corsair will give me a little more flexibility regarding future upgrades. Thanks everyone for your help and advice!
Not a bad choice but, it has fewer connectors than the EA ( -1 molex and -1 SATA ) and, as the numbers guy stated, no more useable power than the EA ( unless your upgrades only draw power from the 3.3 and 5v rails, not very likely ), so really no more flexibility.