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    Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    Hi guys, got a text from a mate today asking for suggestions for a new psu for around £50 as his has died (hopefully it's only his psu that's gone pop, but not had chance to ask what happened yet as he's been at work)

    Now it's been a few years since i looked into psus and bought my hx520, so have had to have a bit of a read about this evening and was thinking a Corsair vx450w would be ideal for him. He does play games (WoW mainly) but his system is fairly old now and far from high end, (Athlon 64 single core & ati 1950xt iirc) so the corsair should be more than capable.

    I was just wondering if there are any others around for £50 that you guys would recommend or pick over the vx450w. I saw the OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W recommended in another thread (by Cat i think) which would gives some headroom for future upgrades although i'm sure the vx450w would probably handle any new build he went for in future too.


    So any thoughts on how the 2 compare or any other options you'd suggest?


    Cheers

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    i reckon you might as well just get a cheaper one like the silver power one in scan today only
    http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=13766

    same manuf as seasonic etc...

    you could then get him an x2 of ebay with the rest

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    Buy a decent Corsair unit now and it'll last him several years and through an upgrade of the rest.

    Don't buy cheap just cos the rest is cheap, just end up buying twice in the end.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    Spending the extra money on a PSU is worth it. You'll make it back in the electricity bill.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    Oh, trust me i definitely know that paying the extra and buying the best you can afford is the way to go, that's why i ended up with a HX520 for myself. I'm just not up to date with all the current manufacturers reputations, and was wondering if for £50 you guys knew of anything that was regarded as better than the VX450.

    i.e. a bit more power but keeping the same reliability and standard as the VX450, i was wondering if this was possible the case with the OCZ i mentioned or was it regarded as not having as good a build quality?


    p.s. cheers for mentioning the x2 though Kumagoro, i completely forgot he was on an AM2 socket and could upgrade his cpu pretty cheaply, i'll mention it to him, i'm sure he'll be wanting to upgrade it when he has a bit more money.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    Quote Originally Posted by subucni View Post
    i.e. a bit more power but keeping the same reliability and standard as the VX450, i was wondering if this was possible the case with the OCZ i mentioned or was it regarded as not having as good a build quality?
    I've had one of the 700w OCZ PSUs for over 3 years, and for a lot of that time it's been running 24/7, and it's not missed a beat.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    My 450vx has powered my computer (used to have an OCed 4870 in there too) fine for all the time I've had it, very quiet and reliable. It is getting older now I think though, perhaps something newer would be better. The 450vx would never be a bad choice though.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    The corasir 450W HX would have perfect but as its EOL would be a pain to find. Mayby look at the OCZ 500W ModXStream Pro. Mayby doesnt recieve amazing ratings but its a solid unit and modular which is always nice to have. Its £4 over budget though.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152009

    EDIT: Could he even get away with the Corsair 400W CX for about £30? Still capable and saves him £20.

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    Re: Need a new PSU - Budget of £50

    cheers for the suggestions guys, passed the info on to him. thanks

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