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I'm looking for a 500-550w PSU for about $70 (or less of course) that will be reliable.

I'm aware of Seasonic's and Corsair's amazing reputation. However they also charge a premium and seem to specialize in higher wattage PSU's.

Nit-picky stuff, it would be nice if it was modular and black.

I found the Corsair 520HX which had a perfect 5 egg rating, and fell in my budget, as well as being black AND modular! Sadly, it's no longer manufactured and I cannot find it anywhere to buy.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 4/29/11 at 8:52am
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post #2 of 6
Antec Neo Eco 520C
Antec High Current Gamer 520
SeaSonic S12II 520
SeaSonic M12II 520
The first three are all the same units basically, so get whichever is cheapest. The M12II is modular.

I might add that the Antec Neo Eco 620C is currently under a special mail-in rebate deal + a $5 off promo code at Newegg that makes it cheaper than the 520C.

Edit: forgot the XFX 550W, also fundamentally the same unit as the first three above
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I wonder how the Antec Basiq 550 Plus is (444W on +12V and 80plus, unlike some older Basiq 550W variant that was 384W on +12V or something like that). It's on newegg for $60. I'd guess that it'd be worse than all of those above Seasonic S12II/M12II builds, but the Basiq Plus is by Delta so it shouldn't be too bad. Always take newegg reviews with lots of grains of salt, but there are few low scores, so this might be an indication of a low failure rate. If modularity is worth a lot and you can't pay for the modular and black M12II, maybe the Basiq Plus should be considered.
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Thank you for both your replies, very informative. Do you have a personal preference if you had to pick between the Antec Neo Eco 520C, SeaSonic S12II 520, (and despite not being black) I'll throw in the Antec Basiq 550 because it is modular, and the XFX Core Edition PRO550W?
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post #5 of 6
The Neo Eco 520 and the SeaSonic S12II 520 are identical internally, so between those two, it's safe to get the cheaper unit.
As for the Antec BP550, I just generally avoid anything in Antec's Basiq line, they range from mediocre to OK, nothing special, not worth bothering with. The XFX Core 550W is another SeaSonic S12II unit, but with a bit of extra wattage compared to the Neo Eco 520 and the S12II 520, so if you want the extra wattage, it's a good unit. Considering it's the same price after a mail-in rebate as the Neo Eco 520, it's not a bad deal at all.
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S12II Bronze 520W is 80plus Bronze while Neo Eco is the non-Bronze normal 80plus version. Seasonic's retail S12II Bronze also has a few better components here and there (probably what causes the efficiency difference), but it's nothing to be that excited about.

See here:
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=317192
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...ply-Review/954

Other good options (under price range) include the Earthwatts Green 500D and Rosewill Green Series 630W, both of which are going for $50 now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371035
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182200

Green Series is black. See some reviews:
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=322679
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...ply-Review/881

If price is not an issue, I'd take...Seasonic S12II Bronze or XFX Core > Antec Neo Eco > Antec Earthwatts > Antec Basiq Plus > Rosewill Green Series? I don't know. It's not like the Rosewill unit is bad, and not much is known about the Basiq Plus.
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