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    Need a good PSU suggestions? :)

    I currently have a Q-tec 550W Dual fan PSU, but it is causing more problems then my old generic 300W did it's become to unstable since installing it so can some recommend a good quality PSU and the cheapest place to get it

    It will have to run my current rig (And an extra HD when i get it)

    Here's my rig :-

    Epox 8RDA+
    Athlon XP 2200+ (Thoroughbred A)
    Twinmos 1024MB DDR 2700 (2 x 512MB)
    Radeon 9700 np
    IBM 120GXP 100GB HD
    DVD drive
    CD-RW
    Floppy drive
    2 X 8cm fans
    PCI extractor fan

    Thanks for any suggestions

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    The brands to look out for are Antec, Enermax, ThermalTake, S.Flower/TTGI, ToPower and Sparkle in rough order of preference. IIRC Scan sell CWT/CTW which are believed to be rebadged Antecs for a low price and are top quality. In terms of wattage a decent branded 300W is likely to be much better than your current PSU but it makes sense to future-proof a little (you don't want this hassle again) so I'd rec 350W minimum and prefereably around 400W.

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    Originally posted by Austin
    IIRC Scan sell CWT/CTW which are believed to be rebadged Antecs for a low price and are top quality.
    niceone!

    -i use a 400w Sparkle, been rock solid

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    Originally posted by Austin
    The brands to look out for are Antec, Enermax, ThermalTake, S.Flower/TTGI, ToPower and Sparkle in rough order of preference. IIRC Scan sell CWT/CTW which are believed to be rebadged Antecs for a low price and are top quality. In terms of wattage a decent branded 300W is likely to be much better than your current PSU but it makes sense to future-proof a little (you don't want this hassle again) so I'd rec 350W minimum and prefereably around 400W.
    What do you think of this one from scans austin?
    450W CWT + SATA Quiet Dual Fan AMD/P4 App Active Fan Control Active PFC
    £44.65 including delivery

    How much do antec sell for normally then?

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    It's o.k. i think i've found it

    Antec 450 Watt Power Supply ATX P4 Smartpower Dual Fan
    £67.83 including delivery

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=43170

    It it is the same then the rebranded ones are £23.15 cheaper!
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    Thermal Takes PSUs are brilliant. Really recomended.
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    With any of the brands mentioned you can't really go wrong, they are all very fine PSUs. A 450W CWT for £45 has go to be about the best deal. Agent are all of Thermaltake's PSUs quiet or is it just specific models?

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    The TT 360 watt (or whatever it is, Ive forgot ) is really quiet. This thing is so quiet i have to reach around the back of the PC to see if its on.
    This is the single fan version though. One thing i will make a point on is why its so quiet - the air being shifted out of the PSU is small. I can hardly feel a flow of air from it. Reassuringly though, when the central heating kicks in and the room gets warm, it moves more out (must be thermal controlled), and Ive never had any problems with them, and solid voltages.
    The 4xx watt version that has 2 fans, is slight more noisy obviously, but is no where near the noise of my friends enermax which is dual fans.
    I haven't had my hands on a 5xx watt version, so i don't know what that sounds like, but if the other models are anything to go on, Ive got no worries.
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    I got th enew Nexus 3500 here last week and I'm well impressed. I replaced my Zalman 300W quiet PSU and it's even quieter. This thing is silent from 6" away ! ! Probably due to having a 120mm fan spinning very slowly. It also has a SATA power connector which is handy for those with SATA drives

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    I hard the Antec ones are pretty quiet as well.
    Can't say I've tried one (soon ), but from the couple of reviews I've seen, they are definitely on the quiet (and great performing) side.

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    Originally posted by Agent
    Thermal Takes PSUs are brilliant. Really recomended.
    couldn't agree more - i have the 480w dual fan & its whisper quiet on all but the max setting
    if it ain't broke...fix it till it is


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    Well just ordered the PSU from scans
    450W CWT + SATA Quiet Dual Fan AMD/P4 App Active Fan Control Active PFC
    Let you all now how good it is when i get it
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    See this thread: link

    Enermax are ok, but the 5v line is often a little low, antec would be my choice now, or possible a zelman silent series.

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    Thanks event horizon, already read it though

    As Austin has said Scan's do what are believed to be rebadged Antec PSU's under the name CWT.

    Thats what i went with wish me luck.
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    Let us know if that turns out to be true

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    i think the Antex truecontrol is pretty good for overclocking purposes.

    Also the HiperPower psu's have adjustable pots so you have the option to tweak the rails. Plus they have 3 fans

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