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Need Budget PSU for HTPC

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July 25, 2012 3:02:27 PM

I am on a budget and do not want to spend alot on a PSU however I do want my PSU to be almost silent for my HTPC. Suggestions?

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July 25, 2012 3:34:55 PM

Sorry I forgot to mention that it is a mATX case. With a Intel 3750k cpu. I have been told that 500W should be good for my setup.
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July 25, 2012 6:26:54 PM

For acoustics, Seasonic is regarded as among the best by spcr.com, the S12II series in particular. They also happen to be some of the most efficient and reliable PSU's around.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Note- Seasonic is also the OEM manufacturer for some other reputable brands (XFX, Corsair, etc), but you'll have to do your research to find out which models are made by Seasonic.
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July 26, 2012 11:45:22 AM

all of thos psu are way out of my budget...but i dont have a graphics card...i dont game so its just a htpc
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July 26, 2012 2:10:49 PM

What is the make/model of the mATX case? It may require a SFX PSU...
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July 26, 2012 2:16:28 PM

Without a GPU your power requirements will be minimal. For an HTPC that I wanted to be quiet I would go for a lower power CPU like the i3 2120, the G630 or the G870. If you're not gaming, then the processing power that you need is minimal. The Seasonic SS-300ET is a nice little PSU that will be more than enough for any HTPC, but I can't make that recommendation until I know the PSU form factor required for your case.
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July 26, 2012 2:29:11 PM

The case is a fractal design define mini. While it is unecessary for the type of build im doing I wanted to get a cpu that I can overclock in the future. I was going to go with a 2500k but for the extra $30 i could get improved graphics from a 3570k since I wont need a gpu.
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July 26, 2012 2:51:27 PM

If you're going to be doing any gaming, then it would be better to get one of the lower end CPUs that I recommended and a low-end GPU. A G630 with an HD 6770 will cost less and get better gaming performance. If you're not gaming, then the 'better' integrated graphics won't do anything for you. If you're going for quiet and this is going to be used as an HTPC and not for gaming, then you don't need the better integrated graphics and would be better off going for a lower power CPU.

The Define Mini will accept ATX PSUs with a max depth of 170mm when using the bottom 120mm fan (200-220mm without that fan installed). The SS-300ET is only 150mm and will fit in your case.
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July 26, 2012 4:36:53 PM

Alright now I see what you guys are saying, sorry first time builder and learning lol one question is with a TV tuner and encoding, will i3 be enough?
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July 26, 2012 4:43:11 PM

G630 or i3 2xxx... I mean Im not on a budget where the cheapest option that i can get by with is the best...considering i was content with the price of 3570k..i am fine with spending more if needed and was better option
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July 26, 2012 4:56:53 PM

If you are interested in 3D blu-ray playback or video post-processing, then you'll have to step up to an i3 for the InTru 3D and Clear Video HD.

If you don't care about those, then the G630 will work just fine for playback and recording. You did mention encoding... if you are planning to encode/transcode video you will want a beefier CPU.
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