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Help choose power supply

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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  1. 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=N82E16817371033
    Corsair $45- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Seasonic $60- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
    PC Power and Cooling $50 after MIR- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034
    the PC Power and cooling is modular too
  2. Will you buy a graphics card or upgrade later ???

    If not then get this :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
  3. 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=N82E16817703034

    Non modular 59.99:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072

    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.
  4. 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
  5. Sorry i forgot to write the graphics card im using it is a EVGA GT430 1GB
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    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.
  7. 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
  8. True! Thanks Dell
    In other words... plenty of power
  9. 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=N82E16817139012
  10. 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=N82E16817139012

    Completely pointless for the OP's build
  11. Best answer selected by dragondude28.
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