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    Recommended PSU

    My friend has just given me his old computer he got from insurence becuase hes built his own media center, it has a HEC 300Watt PSU in it, would i want to upgrade it to 450 seeing as im going to install a 9600GT into it!


    Or if possible does anyone else know a better card than the 9600GT around the 50/65 pound mark

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    Re: Recommended PSU

    The 9600GT is as fast as you are going to get in that price range brand new although the ones I have seen cost over £70!

    What is the spec of the system??

    I would go for the following PSU if it is a Core2 or Athlon X2 based system:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-...2V-6Serial-ATA

    Silverpower is part of Tagan.

    Edit!

    Here is a review:

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/16073/11

    It has between 80% to 90% efficiency which is a good thing!!

    I have the Corsair HX520W too and it is an excellent PSU. However it is has risen a lot in price in the past year and now is around £80!!

    If you need a bit more power one of the OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W is good value for £46:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135159

    There is also the OCZ 500W Mod XStream Pro PSU with modular cables for £60:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152009
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    Re: Recommended PSU

    Power supplies - most by Corsair, Seasonic, FSP, Tagan have a good reputation. For 400W I'd be looking at FSP, but I also have a Cosair HX520 which seems to be OK.
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    Re: Recommended PSU

    id go with CAT-THE-FIFTH's choice or wait for this to come on today only it was £23.99+vat at the weekend
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/700W-...201-EPS12v-OEM
    personly I'd add enermax to peterb's list but i also have a HX520 that has never given me trouble
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    Re: Recommended PSU

    Enermax do some nice PSU's too.

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    Re: Recommended PSU

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Power supplies - most by Corsair, Seasonic, FSP, Tagan have a good reputation. For 400W I'd be looking at FSP, but I also have a Cosair HX520 which seems to be OK.
    £80 is hardly budget though

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    Re: Recommended PSU

    I can also agree with CAT this
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-...2V-6Serial-ATA
    He recommneded it to me on a earlier spec.

    Psu is excellent on first impressions, I purchased one to go with a new build it arrived saturday. For a cheaper unit, the packaging and feel/weight of the psu was that it was one of high quality.

    It had all the cables you could need, its quiet under operation and even comes with a cable to control fan speed if you have a spare socket on your motherboard. Of course I haven't had it long enough to talk of long term stability but on first impressions, this seems like a great unit for a great price

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    Re: Recommended PSU

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterStoba View Post
    £80 is hardly budget though
    No (although he didn't specify budget) - sadly the falling pound has made imports more expensive.

    Budget PSUs are budget for a reason - something has been compromised (although you could argue that you pay a premium for a well known branded prduct - but then a branded product with a good reputation will want to maintain that reputation!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    No (although he didn't specify budget) - sadly the falling pound has made imports more expensive.

    Budget PSUs are budget for a reason - something has been compromised (although you could argue that you pay a premium for a well known branded prduct - but then a branded product with a good reputation will want to maintain that reputation!)
    A lot of the time you actually do pay a premium for the name. There are many cases where basically the same PSU(made by the same OEM) is sold under a less well known brand for a much lower price even now with the weaker pound.


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    Re: Recommended PSU

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Power supplies - most by Corsair, Seasonic, FSP, Tagan have a good reputation. For 400W I'd be looking at FSP, but I also have a Cosair HX520 which seems to be OK.

    I don't know if this is still the case but when I was looking for my PSU (Seasonic S12 500w) Seasonic were making the Corsair PSUs.


    As such I wouldn't hesitate to order a Corsair, but I would suggest something like an FSP would probably fit within budget nicely.

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    Re: Recommended PSU

    The HX520W is made by Seasonic. I believe that Corsair use Seasonic and CWT to make their PSUs.
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    Re: Recommended PSU

    hanks for the replys people I'm going to buy a well know 450watt psu of some description and out of intrest my friend who had it before me said it played cod4 on a 8400 with no problems if that's true il save my self some money and get a 8500 or a 9500 they can surely reach 125 fps on cod2 for jump maps
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