Originally Posted by pioneerisloud
I remember slightly, something about the CX430 made it closer to an actual 300 or 350w unit (don't remember exactly).
The +12v output of the CX430 is a bit on the low side, which is what prompted some people to condemn it as a 350W PSU, but since the PSU can actually put out 430W, it is a 430W PSU because PSUs are measured with 3.3/5/12v, not only 12v.
DuckieHo, have you chosen a case yet? With Zacate you can go SFF. Do you already have the PSUs? The CX430 is not 80+ certified (it just misses). Corsair is coming out with a CX430V2 that will be 80+. I don't know if it is out yet or will be forthcoming. The CX400 is 80+.
How about one of these PSUs:
These are 300W SeaSonic that are 80+ Bronze, for better efficiency. The lower wattage also helps efficiency at lower output. The difference between the two is that one uses a 120mm fan while the other uses an 80mm fan. Which one to use will probably depend on how airflow works in your chosen case. I think either of these would be a much better and more efficient (at lower output) choice for a Zacate than any of the CX400/CX430/EA380D units that have been recommended.
Oh yeah, if you end up with a smaller case, SeaSonic makes a TFX sized 300W with 80+ Bronze that got excellent reviews.
It got a Hardware Secrets Golden Award with Gabe saying this: "efficiency level (between 83.4% and 86.6% in our tests), the ultra-tight voltage regulation (voltages very close to their nominal voltages) and the practically non-existent noise and ripple levels (the lowest weâ€™ve seen from all power supplies weâ€™ve tested to date)
found on SS-300TFX." Yeah, I bolded that part.
PC Perspective gave it a Gold Award.
Oklahoma Wolf gave it an 8.5/10 at jonnyGURU, partly because he dinged it a 4/10 for Aesthetics. Also, an 8/10 for Functionality because it didn't have an EPS plug (seriously? SFF here) and wasn't sleeved.