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    PSU confusion.

    I'm annoyed and frustrated over the fact that PSU choosing has become so excrutiatingly difficult - i've been forced to ask the forums for guidance.

    Some people are saying "Go for a QTEC!" others are saying "don't!".

    It's too confusing.

    All I want is a PSU that works!! But isn't too expensive. I've seen some that are like £80! Just for a power supply!

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    Any help that is received will be appreciated.
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    Alright if some people have been telling you to buy a Q-Tec and some havent i'll put on end to it now, dont buy one there the biggest POS with the riddicule to call its self a PSU! Avoid them at all costs.

    Now lest see what you money gets you, but first we need a little more info, first what CPU and Memory are you planning on using and are you planning on overclocking? Once we have those pieces of information, we can find you a good deal on a suitable PSU.

    Edit: And what price range are you looking at here, I see you have the radeon listed there so i'm guessing you building a high end PC in witch case where looking at about 400W
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    Don't think of it as 'just a power supply'. You get an el cheapo powersupply that dies after a coupla months, taking your motherboard and CPU with it, you'll be kicking yourself. Suddenly the few dollars or pounds you saved isn't such a good deal anymore. I'm constantly amazed that people cheap out on a power supply, one of the most critical components in the system. I mean get a good one, after all they are probably the most future proof items in your whole computer. sorry for the rant!

    Anyways, my advice, get an ANTEC!!! You won't be disappointed

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    Get a thermal take

    About £45 for a 420 watt
    or £30 for a 3xx (not sure what it exactly is, 360 iirc).

    They are brilliant, and good for those on a budget.

    DONT get a Q-tec.
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    Do you guys have the Topower brand there? What about Super Flower? Both good brands, comparable to Antec and Enermax PSUs and also they're cheap (well at least in Oz).

    Otherwise, the brands already recommended are good. At least 400w is the norm these days.
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    I've heard that CWT on sale from scan.co.uk are rebadged antecs or something, and are really cheap for the quality you get.

    This is the 450 watt version for about £35 and would do you fine...

    http://web6.scan.co.uk/Products/Info.asp?WPID=59491

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    Originally posted by PotNood|e
    Now lest see what you money gets you, but first we need a little more info, first what CPU and Memory are you planning on using and are you planning on overclocking?
    Sorry - Forgot to mention in the original post :\

    I've got an AMD 2400+XP nad i'll be robably going for PC2700 Crucial RAM.

    I'm planning on overclocking a little - But that will be quite a long way away yet!

    Thanks for the replys people. I'll look at those links.
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    remember, when you build a new pc. you get to keep the PSU. its an investment, same as a coolermaster

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    Originally posted by ab1385

    This is the 450 watt version for about £35 and would do you fine...

    http://web6.scan.co.uk/Products/Info.asp?WPID=59491
    Hmmm. Thats not too bad!

    Any reviews oinions on this PSU anyone?
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    Originally posted by gamezfreak
    Hmmm. Thats not too bad!

    Any reviews oinions on this PSU anyone?
    Problem with these boards is that there's only about one person who has actually bought one of these things on the off chance that they are good - I was tempted by one, but if it breaks, I really was unkeen on having to deal with scan...

    ...they are supposedly good though, reviews tend to say that they perform well, even if they aren't quite made from the same quality of components as the Antec/Enermax PSUs of this world.

    In terms of the superflower PSUs at ebuyer - they look suspiciously like Hiper units with a new paint job - the "three speed" manual fan control especially - mind you, this may be no bad thing, hiper have their fans, and the one I had was certainly quiet and consistent until it buggered...wouldn't have any qualms about sticking it's replacement in for a few days if my enermax went down though...

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    I've heard good things about Hiper aswell.
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    The 450w CWT from Scan is very good especially for the price. I have 2 of them and they are fairly quiet, well built and have excellent voltages. Apparently antecs are rebadged cwt psu, they look identical. Also the motherboard connector has black cable braiding.

    Ebuyer have now just started selling super flower psu which are also very good. the 320w model is £24.50 and the 420w model is £36.50. They have good reviews and one of the fans is a blue one. Here is some more info about them

    3 High Quality Bearing Fans, Suitable For "ALWAYS ON" application.
    Fast Cooling, Low Noise & Ripple.
    3 Speed Thermal Fan Control Switch.
    Fan Grill & Gold Plated Connectors, Preventing Rust & Bad Connection.
    I/O Short circuit & Overload Protection Design.
    1 led color fan.
    Golden-coated connector
    Golden Heat-sink

    I personally would never buy a qtec psu because of all the horror stories that I have heard about them. Apparently they dont even have short circuit protection

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    ive heard hiper are good.
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