Originally Posted by a pet rock
You still missed the big point. I repeat myself: more watts =/= better. I don't know how much clearer I can be. The fact that a PSU is only 300 watts does not automatically make it suck at the important stuff like voltage regulation, noise, and efficiency. Yes, you can buy a PoS 300W power supply, you can also buy even worse 1200W power supplies.
And no, prebuilt PSUs do NOT come with better than that. They come with crappy OEM power supplies that have just enough juice for the rig and basically fall completely out of ATX spec on everything. Please for the love of all that is holy. When I say 300W, I mean a good 300W PSU. Not some crappy OEM power supply that only passes ATX spec on the wrapper.
Yes, I know what efficiency is and yes I know that efficiency drops the closer you get to 100% load. Unless you spend more time running P95+Furmark than idle, the PSU shouldn't have it's best efficiency at your rig's peak. Please read some of Phaedrus's threads and some Jonny Guru articles before spouting nonsense about power supplies. Better yet, just start another thread asking if a completely overkill PSU is actually good for your rig or not.
I've read plenty thank you and have done this long enough to know even the best psu at nearly 100% isn't the best suggestion. No kidding wattage doesn't mean quality but nor is it the most brilliant idea to run a psu at peak because you bought a honda to pull your jet ski.. How exactly is it sound advice telling someone buy a 300w psu quality or not for a gaming application
and give them no room to upgrade it. Seriously.
Much much better can be had for $400. It doesn't mean take the first thing that pops up on newegg and it doesn't have to be 600w. I never said anything about over killing a budget rig but I'm telling you now buying 300w for gaming is a terrible suggestion for anyone that wants to play any modern game and be satisfied.
Look at the games he wants to play. Crysis II, CoD MW for example. Start thinking about the idea, what if he wants to upgrade his monitor then his video card. Oh that's right he can't, he bought a 300w psu. I'm sure the Llano he spent nearly 1/3 of his budget on will shine in the games he wants to play.
To the OP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026
34.99 w/MIR and you may apply for the $2 shipping.
Myself and I've seen others buy on OCN pick up this psu for budget builds just to have modular psu for small cases.
$65 shipping now $3
Maybe I'll do some more digging during lunch.Edited by DigitrevX - 8/22/11 at 7:50am