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    decent Budget PSU

    I'm building a PC for a mate, and I'm trying to keep it as cheap as possible, ie with my leftover P4 630 and Abit board. I want to keep total price <&#163;250, so I was hoping to spend as little as possible on the case and PSU, but I know these are equally important as the rest. Can anyone suggest a decent PSU or case/psu combo? I'd like to keep the PSU to about &#163;30, case and PSU to around &#163;50...

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    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=381926

    or

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=37215 Wuls be my choices.

    If he's not overclocking and doesn't want PCI-E http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=136446 might be worth a look, but it's really scraping the bottom.

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    Tagan 330w? good psu for the price

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    Out of the ones that are currently in stock

    Enermax Coolergiant 380 - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=123527 - £22.20 (inc VAT)

    The main ATX cable has rigid clear sleeving which makes it a bit difficult to route the cable but solid build and slightly on the noisy side

    Silverpower 400 - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=256346 - £24.55 (inc VAT)

    Good review in Custom PC. I have the 350 and it appears to be a good psu.


    Out of stock (in case you're going to ask Scan when the're likely to be in stock)

    Silverpower 350 - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=256343
    Coolermaster 430 - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=381926
    NorthQ 400 - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=396701

    The only review of the Hiper 350 I've seen wasn't a good one.

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    i have got a silverpower 400 and cant fault it never had one problem in "my system" and it is a watercooled overclocked system with a dfi m/b and they are meant to be fussy about psu's.

    so for £25 i can highly recommend one!


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    XClio aPFC 480W - tis a CWT built supply, basically same as an ANTEC truepower

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    For £50, i would look at a combo. Antec do some nice ones:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Antec_Cases.html

    Otherwise, look at getting a resonable PSU like the ones mentioned, and going second hand for the case.

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    hate to burst the bubble - had one of those blow up on me - luckily didnt take the components with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87
    hate to burst the bubble - had one of those blow up on me - luckily didnt take the components with it
    Is that the Antec SmartPower you're referring to?

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    I had three Antec Smartpower 450w failures. They were all supplied with the Sonata 2 case. Case is great, PSU is not so good. I ended up giving up with the PSU & replaced it but kept the case as its excellent.

    I still have a Sonata 1 that came supplied with a Truepower 380w which is going strong after nearly 3yrs solid use as my file server. It's switched on 24/7 & has never missed a beat!

    The Truepower range does seem to be of a much higher standard than the Smartpower.

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