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#1 michaelbrian

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:16 PM

Hello, I'm a low level geek and have enjoyed reading through posts here. I've been putting together components for a new build. Only my third in the last 6 years. The one thing that I need a little help on is the power supply. I want to get something that will do the job well without going overboard. I've kept things pretty simple and within a budget, really don't do anything to complex at all. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:53 PM

A quality 450W should do nicely. A little larger is fine and gives some headroom for future additions. Another hard drive, optical drive. Also any non-self powered USB devices you may have or get.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:53 AM

Thanks, Are there any brands you suggest or would stay away from?

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 07:36 AM

At this point I will hope someone will jump in with suggestions\recommendations.

Has been several years since I have purchased a PS. Not really sure who gives the best bang for the $$$ anymore.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:08 AM

I'm partial to Seasonic
Antec, OCZ, Thermaltake, Corsair

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:13 AM

Thanks Garmanma.

Will tuck away those suggestions in my personal notes for a future build currently in the planning stages.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:16 PM

One thing to consider when purchasing a PSU is that there really isn't any such thing as being too large, the PSU will only use what is needed and the rest remains in reserve. A good rule of thumb is that when in doubt about how much you need, go larger.

One figure that I always like to look at when searching for a new PSU is its efficiency rating, 80% or higher is best.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 03:19 PM

Thanks again, what a great forum. I think I made up my mind on this one. Don't see where I can go wrong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139004

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:12 AM

Thanks again, what a great forum. I think I made up my mind on this one. Don't see where I can go wrong.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139004



Good choice. I have used the Corsair 450VX and the HX620 in dozens of builds without a single power related issue.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:36 AM

Just to add, the Corsair 520HX is also a very good PSU too, and it's about $20 more than the one linked. I use it myself and it's does a great job(Modular is a nice thing to have).
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