Need help desiding on a power supply

Hello, I may be building a new PC for my friend who will be doing gaming but only things like minecraft and garrys mod and older games, he currently uses a laptop with vista and an athlon 64. One of the builds i was thinking of is one made for future upgrades, using a AMD A4-3400 65W, with integrated gpu, (radeon 6410D i think) and then what i need it enoguh power to allow for an eventual upgrade to an A8 quad core Llano and an added radeon 6570 to use in dual mode with it when he either has the money or has the need. what should i get for a wattage power supply? i have never really done much research on the specific usage rates for types of computers so i figured i might as well get second opinions.

heres what i found: a 600W corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
or a 500W OCZ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
i wanted modular becaus ehe has a case that i will be modding with mounts, fans, and maybe even a plexy window if teh budget calls for it and he wants one so i wanted good airflow and good appearance. but my main consern is which power supply should i use? im not sure whether OCZ oir corsair is higher quality and both are around the same price with rebates and different shipping costs. also i might incluse at least one led cae fan sinc ethey are like 12 bucks for a coolermaster one. i just want to make sure when he needs an upgrade that he doesnt have to replace the power supply as well.
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  1. A 450 would be way more than he needs.
    The corsair builder series 430 is $25 after rebate and is a really good PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
  2. Corsair is my favorite brand of PSU...
    Having said that, about 2 months ago I had a Corsair Builders Series CX 430 crap out on me in under 6 months... Then someone I know also bought a CX 430 on my recommendation and it also died a few weeks ago.

    I'll call my PSU failure a fluke because it was the first time a corsair branded PSU has died on me. But a second PSU failure makes me nervous about the Corsair CX 430.

    Although the build quality of the Corsair Builders Series received high marks from jonnyguru I suspect it is not quite up to par with other Corsair PSUs.

    The OCZ should work well.
  3. I have a Corsair CX430V2 and two OZC ModX 600W units.
    All have been operating fine,the Corsair is just over a year old.
    My OZC's are older,one is over 2yrs old and powers a 5770 in an i5 760/1156 platform.
    Personally i prefer the semi-modular design of the OZC and quiet operation.
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500MXSP&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1365
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-Pro-500-W-Power-Supply-Review/973
  4. ill probably look for a 420-450W OCZ then i suppose, that a good idea? with the parts i have to far im like 25$ under the 400$ limit and that doesnt include shipping so saving money that would otherwise be unneeded would be very helpful. also imma get him to borrow like 20$ from me so i can include new fans and case mods for his older case he has for it. (im not sure what it is really since he forgot to email me pics and budget info but ill get back to that in a later post)
  5. Rosewill Capstone 450W 80Plus Gold $60 ($2 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066

    Based on this unit:
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=250

    PC Power & Cooling 400W is also a good option.
  6. mildgamer001 said:
    ill probably look for a 420-450W OCZ then i suppose, that a good idea? with the parts i have to far im like 25$ under the 400$ limit and that doesnt include shipping so saving money that would otherwise be unneeded would be very helpful. also imma get him to borrow like 20$ from me so i can include new fans and case mods for his older case he has for it. (im not sure what it is really since he forgot to email me pics and budget info but ill get back to that in a later post)

    OZC doesn't make units in that power range for the North American market.
    The Corsair units are fine,you won't have an issue powering those specs with a CX430V2.
    This unit allows more flexibility if a more powerful gpu is required in the future.
    OCZ ZS Series 550W
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62391&vpn=OCZ%2DZS550W&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1365
    If budget is a concern go with the CX430V2.
  7. budget is a consern, but remmber he might eventually get an A8 APU and another radeon 6550/6570 if he needs it and i want it to have enough power for it. the initial build will have an a4 dual core APU and the onboard 6410.
  8. mildgamer001 said:
    budget is a consern, but remmber he might eventually get an A8 APU and another radeon 6550/6570 if he needs it and i want it to have enough power for it. the initial build will have an a4 dual core APU and the onboard 6410.

    What's max budget for psu?
  9. it depends on where else i skimp, total budget is about 400 for the components and i got probably 60-70 (max 70$, it will be really tight with that expencive) so between 45 and 6o would be preferable, also, the reviews on the corsair 430Ws were horrible, and a coolermaster i looked at wasnt all that much better hows this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035
    raidmax is a fairly dependable brand as far as i know isnt it?and it would hav emore than enough wattage to handle basicly any upgrades
  10. there is also a raidmax 530W variant so if raidmax can be trusted i might go with that
  11. raidmax is known as crapmax round here
  12. obsidian it is a good deal but he doesnt have that much for a power supply, if he had more money for it then it would be great but he wants it soon and hes only got 400$
  13. crapmax lol i guess that isnt good? reminds me of what i heard a friend call his families laptop, The Craptop haha, so dont go raidmax?
  14. obsidian86 said:

    I agree i linked it earlier.

    OCZ ZS Series 550W
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62391&vpn=OCZ%2DZS550W&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1365
    And yeah Raidmax is Crapmax!
  15. "no such product!" um, apparently ncix doesnt like that power supply. also i would like to get all or most of my parts from newegg, then they will all ship at the same time.
  16. what about this?

    …OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    its a little more expencive than i wanted but i just changed the memory and saved 10$, and i will try to convince him to borrow some of the shipping and case mod costs from me to make my life easier.
  17. mildgamer001 said:
    "no such product!" um, apparently ncix doesnt like that power supply. also i would like to get all or most of my parts from newegg, then they will all ship at the same time.

    Links work for me NCIX pricematches and ships for free!
  18. any opinion on that fatality PSU?
  19. mildgamer001 said:
    any opinion on that fatality PSU?

    These two are better buys imo.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050002177&IsNodeId=1&page=2&bop=And&CompareItemList=58%7C17%2D341%2D017%5E17%2D341%2D017%2DTS%2C17%2D182%2D131%5E17%2D182%2D131%2DTS
    I own two ModX 600's both have been great so far after 2yrs.
  20. they are just too expencive, peopel never think about shipping, taxes, other prehiperals like thermal compound or fans an dthings that are important too, 70$ for a power supply is just a little bit over the budget but the guy doesnt have easy ways of getting spare cash, hes only like 16. that rosewill looked great but it was just over the 60$ maximum mark and the other was 80 and im not even sure about shipping and tax. i think if the reviews on the fatal1ty PSU then i will probably go with that. thank you for the input though, if i hadnt gotten your replies i wouldnt have found so many options. so thank you all.
  21. obsidian86 said:


    This one is the same price for a 80+ gold psu:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

    and this one is a 650 unit for only an extra 10$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071

    With many of the companies the Quality can be dependent on the underlying manufacturer.
  22. totalknowledge said:
    This one is the same price for a 80+ gold psu:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068

    and this one is a 650 unit for only an extra 10$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182071

    With many of the companies the Quality can be dependent on the underlying manufacturer.

    there is a $20 dollar promo code on the ocz zs taking the price from $80 to $60 and there is a $25 rebate with free shipping so worst case without the rebate your $60 out
  23. 35$ for that unit is a good deal.
  24. it would be but apparently he wasnt as thourough when he told me he had 400$ for a new computer, he has 60$ and about 360$ in loans to other people he needs to get them to pay off so he will have money for it, so any promo stuff will probably change by that time -_- and i didnt know this earlier because he didnt email me like i asked him to...ill have to reopen thos thread when he has the money i guess.
  25. Newegg usually runs something on a discount. I got my Antec hcg-750 for about $60. Just a couple hours ago, I got the email saying the Corsair builder cx500 is on sale for $30 after mir.
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