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First, I am not computer savvy, so need some advice. I am putting together an HTPC. So far I have the i5-2500 with Gigabyte z68-ud3h board. I plan to burn blu-ray as well and have no plans to game. If I do it will be limited. When I bought the chip and motherboard the other day, they recommended the corsair cx500v2. After some reading on the internet, I am not sure if this is the best choice. I did see the OCZ modstream pro 500 on sale now. So, my question is what is the best choice for a power supply for my set up? Is it either of these or another one? Of course I want durability at a good price, preferably less that $60.

Thanks.
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OCZ is a garbage company in general, I would stay away. The parts they use in their psus will be cheap.

Corsair uses seasonic rebrands, the best psu maker around, I would go with one of them. For an HTPC build they usually go with a matx case, it looks like you got an atx board though so its really irrelevant. Just get a normal psu and throw it in there, preferably modular but sense you got an atx board it doesn't really matter
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If you are just going to use the graphics on the 2500 then you definitely don't need a very high wattage power supply. I have this in my HTPC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104045 and you have to be within 2 feet to hear it. Granted, that PSU is overpriced and outdated, it works really well for a low power system.
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OCZ is a garbage company in general, I would stay away. The parts they use in their psus will be cheap.

Corsair uses seasonic rebrands, the best psu maker around, I would go with one of them. For an HTPC build they usually go with a matx case, it looks like you got an atx board though so its really irrelevant. Just get a normal psu and throw it in there, preferably modular but sense you got an atx board it doesn't really matter
No, OCZ does not make garbage power supplies. They make some high quality power supplies, but he doesn't need one of their high wattage power supplies anyways
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u dont need anything crazy just 400-500w is MORE then enough.
u cant overclock that cpu so at most ur going to use up 95w (or less depending on voltage) since ur not gaming i think that chip is way overkill. even the G620 or i3 2100 is enough.

the on board graphics is perfect for what your doing.
recommend the 430cx
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OCZ is a garbage company in general, I would stay away. The parts they use in their psus will be cheap.

Corsair uses seasonic rebrands, the best psu maker around, I would go with one of them. For an HTPC build they usually go with a matx case, it looks like you got an atx board though so its really irrelevant. Just get a normal psu and throw it in there, preferably modular but sense you got an atx board it doesn't really matter
Umm OCZ doesn't make that psu, FSP does, and it's not that bad. It's an average psu that get's the job done. Their StealthXstreme 1 and ModXstreme lines are FSP Epsilon unit's and are both well within ATX spec. Their StealthXstreme 2 however is actually a fairly decent unit, it's the newer FSP Epsilon and boosts some nice numbers, it was a fairly significant upgrade. Where as their top of the line is fairly good and compete's with Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, Cosair, and most of the other big psu suppliers.

Also Channel Well Tech made Corsair famous, not Seasonic. Seasonic makes the AX line and a few others. Where as CWT gave them their most famous line of PSU's the TX v1&2 and the HX series, with the PSH v 1&2 and DSG respectively.
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