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    Default What PSU to buy?

    I need a new PSU for my next box which will be an AMD64 3500+ w/ ATI x800 and 2 SATA HDD's

    I'm thinking I'll be needing 400W minimum, but I don't want to go overboard like so many people do and get some 600+W beast when I'll never use it.

    Whats a quality make/model to go with these days? Doesn't have to be fancy as long as it'll last and get the job done.
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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    I don't recommend anything less than a 480W PSU for that setup.

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44
    I don't recommend anything less than a 480W PSU for that setup.
    Any reason why or bigger is better mentality in play here? I run 4 7200RPM drives a DVDRW and 2nd CDRW, GF3 Ti500 off 350W and never had issues...
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    if you plan on moving any of that over to your new one I would go with an even bigger one than a 480W try 500 or a 520 mabey for all those extra drives and stuff.
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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Try an Enermax. Do not try Q-tech.
    A good way is to go into the store (if you can), ask to look at the PSUs that you fancy. Heft the box. Buy the heaviest.

    No, I do not joke. If the box is heavy, it means that there is a good chunk of electronics plus metal there.

    PSU ratings are a joke in many cases. They quote 'xxx' watts, but that means instantaneous watts in the 'cheapos'. Knock 30% off the rating on a cheapo to see what the real rate is.

    I consider a good 350 watt psu to be adequate for most peoples needs, except for the determined overclocker/case filler of junk.

    OLdphart

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by GiMP
    Any reason why or bigger is better mentality in play here? I run 4 7200RPM drives a DVDRW and 2nd CDRW, GF3 Ti500 off 350W and never had issues...
    I recommend that size as a minimum due to the fact that I know of far to many people having problems with lesser rated PSU's with A64 systems.

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Heres two I've found good deals on, how do they stack up quality wise?

    Enermax 470W EG475P-VE SFMA Noisetaker
    Enermax 485W EG495P-VE SFMA Noisetaker

    They're the same price for some reason, from the same store, is one an older model?
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    I've had very good luck with Thermaltake branded power supplies myself. Very solid performers and the most stable and consistent flow of power across all rails that I have yet seen.
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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by OLdphart
    Try an Enermax. Do not try Q-tech.
    A good way is to go into the store (if you can), ask to look at the PSUs that you fancy. Heft the box. Buy the heaviest.

    No, I do not joke. If the box is heavy, it means that there is a good chunk of electronics plus metal there.

    PSU ratings are a joke in many cases. They quote 'xxx' watts, but that means instantaneous watts in the 'cheapos'. Knock 30% off the rating on a cheapo to see what the real rate is.

    I consider a good 350 watt psu to be adequate for most peoples needs, except for the determined overclocker/case filler of junk.

    OLdphart
    This is very true. Generic PSu's are really light compared to a quality PSu such as Antex, Enermax, OCZ and Forton. But even if this is true I would not really go by its weight alone.

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    Default Re: What PSU to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    I've had very good luck with Thermaltake branded power supplies myself. Very solid performers and the most stable and consistent flow of power across all rails that I have yet seen.
    Same here... I'd just go with a 480W Thermaltake. The more expensive "Butterfly" model would be great, but one of the cheapers models ought to suffice.

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