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June 11, 2012 5:52:54 PM

Hi,

i have recently decided to build my own PC and after long hour of research and some help i have made my specification

Intel® Core™ i3-2100 Processor
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
[ Ripjaws ] F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL (4Gx1) x2
HardDisk 500GB
Samsung DVD Writer (SATA)

but now i came to a new problem in choosing my power supply. I have no clue on how to pick the right voltage. If possible can some one tell me the voltage i should look for and the brands if any.

also note i am trying to build a budget pc so please don't give a power supply which is too good for this system.

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June 11, 2012 6:07:46 PM

I would get a 400-450 watt power supply for this system from a reputable manufacturer. Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling. Avoid other brands.
Antec $45- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair $45- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic $60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling $50 after MIR- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the PC Power and cooling is modular too
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June 11, 2012 6:13:18 PM

Hello,

Since you won't be using very power hungry parts this would suffice for your build:

Modular $69.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Non modular 59.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just make sure you don't need a "slim" type of PSU - as these are the "regular" sized ones.


I wouldn't suggest going any cheaper on a PSU - just due to the fact that a power supply is your most important piece of equipment (since it powers your system). A bad/poorly made one can blow your components.

By the way modular means you can disconnect and connect any power cables you don't need. Non-modular means all the power cables are already connected and you cannot disconnect the unused cables.

I would suggest a modular one - as to make your case a little tidyer.
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June 11, 2012 6:18:23 PM

The 380 watt Antec that has been recommended twice is very good and would support some of the lower power graphics cards if you chose to upgrade in the future.

You could easily put a Radeon 7750 or a 7770 in there with the Antec EW 380
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June 11, 2012 6:41:49 PM

Sorry i forgot to write the graphics card im using it is a EVGA GT430 1GB
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 11, 2012 6:45:33 PM

dragondude28 said:
Sorry i forgot to write the graphics card im using it is a EVGA GT430 1GB

the GT 430 will be fine with an ANTEC Earthwatts 380

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1436/16/

It uses 94 watts at idle and 176 at load. Which leaves plenty for the rest of the system.

For the same price you could get a 430 watt Corsair or $5 more gets you a PC power and cooling 400 watt modular PSU.
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a c 243 ) Power supply
June 11, 2012 8:59:53 PM

pacioli said:
the GT 430 will be fine with an ANTEC Earthwatts 380

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1436/16/

It uses 94 watts at idle and 176 at load. Which leaves plenty for the rest of the system.


That is Total Sytem Power Consumption
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 11, 2012 9:56:25 PM

True! Thanks Dell
In other words... plenty of power
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a c 243 ) Power supply
June 11, 2012 10:26:36 PM

korimus said:
One thing you don't want to skimp on is the PS. I make the argument that Corsair's Professional Series PS's are the best you can get for efficiency and reliability. If I were you I'd get one..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Completely pointless for the OP's build
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June 13, 2012 6:34:44 PM

Best answer selected by dragondude28.
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