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Old 02-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default Power suply dead, need new one

The unit in my home tower has died. It was probably 5-7 years old. Antec HE 430W with modular plugs.

I do not do games, the video is around the best fan less I could find three years ago. The CPU is AMD 950 or 955 X2. Six or seven drives, mostly SATA, may be two 40-pinners. SATA DVD.

First question is if modular PSU cables are standard. That would save rewiring.

Second, I have been fine with 430W until it died. May be is time to up it a little,may be 500W just in case of a CPU upgrade.

Third, are fan less worth it? I have stayed away from it and did not know there were any.

Finally, what are the quality brands/models nowadays.

I will appreciate any suggestions
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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The unit in my home tower has died. It was probably 5-7 years old. Antec HE 430W with modular plugs.

I do not do games, the video is around the best fan less I could find three years ago. The CPU is AMD 950 or 955 X2. Six or seven drives, mostly SATA, may be two 40-pinners. SATA DVD.

First question is if modular PSU cables are standard. That would save rewiring.

Second, I have been fine with 430W until it died. May be is time to up it a little,may be 500W just in case of a CPU upgrade.

Third, are fan less worth it? I have stayed away from it and did not know there were any.

Finally, what are the quality brands/models nowadays.

I will appreciate any suggestions
How can you stay away from somthing that you didnt think existed?

Antec, corsair, PCPnC, Seasonic (obviously), XFX, thermaltake?

Your system is fine with a 400w PSU, but you could get 500w if you planned on getting a 6 core and overclocking it to the absolute max.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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If you dont do gaming especially, chances are you have a lower end video card. Most systems dont go anywhere near 430 watts of power as it is, even who do game. You should be fine with any decent PSU. I always stick with Seasonic, Antec, Corsair myself. I dont buy other crap.
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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How can you stay away from somthing that you didnt think existed?

Antec, corsair, PCPnC, Seasonic (obviously), XFX, thermaltake?

Your system is fine with a 400w PSU, but you could get 500w if you planned on getting a 6 core and overclocking it to the absolute max.
I am under a horrendous cold/flue that I must have caught on a trip last week, so my brain is not performing. I meant I have stayed away from PSU tech because did not have a need.

I may get another in the 400W range. Seems like every body likes Seasonic.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:22 PM   #5
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It'd help to know where you're located / what shops you buy from
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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What's your budget $ for a new PSU?
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #7
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Presidents Day sale
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182263

SEASONIC 360 G, 450, 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151117

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151124

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151119

Rosewill Capstone (Super Flower)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182261

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182262

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182262

The 360G has +3.3V 12A 39.6 W, +5V 16A 80W, +12V 30A 360W
HE 430 has +3.3V 22A 72.6W, +5V 16A 80W, +12V V1,V2,V3, 16A ea, 384W

As long as your +3.3 needs are reasonable (should be, high +3.3v was dated in 2005) this would work fine.

The president's day sale for the Rosewill Capstone 650M at $75 after $15 rebate is a great deal.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:31 AM   #8
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Thermatake, Corsair, 500 watts is around 50$.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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CPUs have become LESS power-hungry, not more, and even a guzzler like the FX-8150(the original Bulldozer, not the 8350) can run at with a quality 400 watt power supply at stock, and less hungry processors on even less.

If you're on a budget, the Antec NEO ECO 400C is a good option. It is essentially a rebranded Seasonic. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

The cheapest semi-modular PSU is the Corsair CX430M. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair...-supply-cx430m



http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...um,2366-9.html
This is Tom's Hardware's overclocking results with the processor overclocked to 3.86 Ghz using an aftermarket cooler, and its total system power consumption.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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I am leaning towards the Seasonic SSR-450RM. It is reasonably priced and has plenty of SATA power points. I'll order it tomorrow.

Thank you for all the suggestions.
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Can not go wrong with Seasonic. Wish it was on sale for you.
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