Okay well I'm about to buy a new PSU and I just can't decide which one to go with. I'm looking for a good quality one around $100. After hours of contemplating this, I decided asking my own question on here would be the best.
Here are my specs
Graphics card- radeon 6750
Processor- intel i3 2100
Motherboard- Stock HP one...
Harddrive- 1tb (stock HP)
I know my wattage for this set up will be low, but I plan to upgrade everything in the future.
SO, please leave suggestions on what I should go with. Thanks!
We need to know what you plan to upgrade to. If you are just upgrading drives, RAM, or something like that, a 430w by Corsair should be more than enough, but if you start upgrading CPUs, GPUs, Fans, etc, you will need more power.
The upcoming 28nm graphics cards will need less power. The 7970 can run on a 500w psu, and I expect the GTX680 to be the same.
But, I like to overprovision a bit so that the psu does not need to operate at max and get noisy under load.
I think a 650w unit would be appropriate.
For quality, look at Seasonic, Corsair, PC P&C, Antec or XFX.
For value, you just can't beat this Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W for $60 after rebate. I know it is not modular, but you are going to be using most of the leads anyway. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
An i5 2500K and an HD6870 at standard clock speeds used 271W while running Prime95 and Furmark simultaneously to maximize power draw. Do you really think you need 620W for extra power? You're more likely to simply decrease your systems efficiency by running at low loads.
I got my PSU for just under 100 and its modular, see signature. I'd recommend not buying something that just barely is enough. You don't want your PSU operating at the top of the efficiency curve.....the most efficient range is in the middle of the curve. Can't go wrong with Seasonic, Corsair, or Antec.