When I bought my computer a few months ago, I just slapped on some crappy COMPUSA brand 300w p/s. I can't believe that I waited this long to address this issue, but as I type, that powersupply is dying. So anyways, I'm getting a new Powersupply, finally, but I want to know what wattage would be appropriate for me. I was debating between an Antec 350w, and an Antec 400w, or an Antec TruePower 380 if necessary. Here are my system Specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Leadtek A250 (Geforce 4 Ti4400)
Western Digital 80 GB S.E.
COOLER MASTER HHC-001 (the CPU cooler)
Two case fans
So what do you think? Thanks for your time, and I hope you know a bit about powersupplies, because I dont want to spend more on a power supply that my system doesnt need.
Well a power supply you should never go cheap as it can be used for your next 3 or 4 systems with the new power hungry video cards .A 450 psu is ok i use startech power supplys there not cheap but they are good
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by JohnCoach on 04/19/03 12:17 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
Antec TruePower is an excellent choice but is an unnecessary expense. Check www.directron.com for their Fortron (Sparkle) power supplies, especially the 350W model, $38, which is made by the same company that produced one of the top-rated supplies in Tom's Hardware Guide's tests. Like the TruePowers, it's underrated by about 30%.
CompUSA power supplies are made by at least two companies. I don't know who makes the chrome plated or aluminum ones, but the painted steel power supplies are by Powmax, a brand that scored low in Tom's tests, which found that its 500W Leadman sibling fell short by 74W, making it weaker than the 350W Fortron-made product. Some 400W+ Leadman/Powmax/Robanton supplies have underperformed 300W high quality supplies.
Thanks everyone for your advice. The TruePower 330 is a bit out of my league (61.99 w/ shipping from newegg.com), but I have only read good things about it. The Fortron is what really got me though. Tom's Hardware guides rated a 350w Fortron FSP @ 380w, and Fortrons are cheap.
So now heres the debate:
Fortron FSP 350w vs. Antec TruePower 330w
Id probably go with the Fortron, but what would you do? I havent heard much about Fortrons reputation as a power supply company, but I've heard of Antecs reliability.
Also, is this the right Fortron? http://www.directron.com/fsp35060bn.html
Because for 38.00 usd plus shipping, this PSU is the obvious choice.
"Also recommended is the Fortron FSP. This model achieved a maximum output of 450 watts - and it was quiet." 450w out of a 350w psu?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by MysticGohanX on 04/20/03 10:36 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Tom actually found that a 350W Fortron-made supply was capable of putting out 454W. Directron is a good dealer, and $38 is a very low price for a top quality 350W power supply, but a slightly different version, the FSP350-GU, seems to be available for $30 at www.logicalplus.com/hi35p4posu.html . Beware that not all Fortron-made power supplies have temperature controlled fans, even if they're labelled "Noise Killer," which sometimes refers only to the fan, not variable speed operation.