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    Sonata & Seasonic

    Ive got the original Antec Sonata and im going to upgrade soon so Im thinking ill need a more powerful PSU but id like to keep the case, I like the reviews the seasonic psu's get and the fact they are supposed to be pretty damm quiet, (i wasent overly impressed with the one that came with the antec) BUT Does anyone know if the 430w Seasonic S12-430 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 or the 500w Seasonic S12-500 aPFC PSU Silent ATX2.0 from Scan will actually fit into the Sonata case? IM not sure wich psu to go for but im probably going to base the system on an abit an8 ultra with a geforce 6800gt so what do people reckon, As always any advice is appreciated, cheers

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    As far as I am aware they are are a standard size and should fit without a problem.

    The 430 is the quieter of the two I remember reading (not by a big margin though) but it doesn't have PCI-E connectors.

    Loads of Seasonic info can be found on silentpcreview.com forums.

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    Cheapest I could find
    430w £55 kustom
    500w £76 ocuk
    With Scan/hexus free delivery maybe not much in it price wise. The 500w is a couple percent more efficient. Extra connectors like amjedm says.

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    I've got the Seasonic S12 500W version in my case.

    Superb PSU thats literally silent.

    Voltage rails are spot on and rock solid.

    Got mine from Scan.

    To be honest, 500W is utter overkill and a 430W would be sufficient for your needs.

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    • amjedm's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N-Sli Premium
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 4200 S939 + Scythe Ninja rev A
      • Memory:
      • 2GB Corsair DDR PC3200
      • Storage:
      • Samsung T 160GB Sata in Scythe Quiet Box
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 6600 256MB + Cooling Mod
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Noisetaker 485 (fanless) - lower chamber P180 fan doing the PSU cooling
      • Case:
      • P180 (modded - easier cable routing, front and rear grills cut)
      • Operating System:
      • XP Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG 22" WTQ?
      • Internet:
      • O2 8MB (Standard)
    If you buy the 430, you should be able to use a molex to PCI-E connector if needed.

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