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Ok, I searched, but it seems noone is in the same dilemma

I'm building a low-power rig, 200W tops.
And I'm trying to find me a PSU. BUT low wattage (300-400W) branded PSUs (Antec, OCZ) are twice more expensive than an InterTech 650W unit.

I have previous experience with InterTech, and their 500W Energon ran my 300W rig fine. So I guess it's safe to use a 650W unit for a 200W rig, right?

What do you guys think? I want the cheapes option that works
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dont go with cheap brand PSU's they run hot and burn out faster, get a branded one if you dont need that many watts.
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dont go with cheap brand PSU's they run hot and burn out faster, get a branded one if you dont need that many watts.
Yeah, I know, but I figure - a low-power rig won't load the PSU, so it won't overheat?..
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
Yeah, I know, but I figure - a low-power rig won't load the PSU, so it won't overheat?..
they usually are louder too, just dont chance it tbh, get a cheaper lower watt branded ones like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026

its $34.99 after mail-in rebate.

or this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023

its $33.99 after mail-in rebate.
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Agreed, no name units don't put out what their label says anyway, so you could be closer to its max than you think.

Definitely get a branded lower power one. Quality over quantity.
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Honestly I'd get a unit that's been tested not to exceed ATX specs for ripple and voltage regulation and that can supply the wattage you need, I don't think I'd trust a PSU I couldn't find a reputable review on as ripple can damage components.

If you can find a review on it that looks good, i'd go for it.
I'll link this thread even though you posted in it in case you go looking for it at some point, I searched to see if there was much info on the PSU and didn't find anything on the first try.
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Cheap power supplies are usually older inefficient designs, they lie about performance, features, components, and warranty.
That said they do work.
I do not know availability or prices in Bulgaria, could you list choices or link to sources?
What is your budget and choices?
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Quote:
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I don't think I'd trust a PSU I couldn't find a reputable review on as ripple can damage components.
They can also cause more serious problems, potentially house fires, for instance.

I wouldn't cheap out on the PSU. I don't care if it's labelled "1500 watts" and you're only expecting to use 300.

Check this out http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...print&reid=187 If nothing else it may amuse you. (a "1050w" diablo tek blows around 500 watts).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
BUT low wattage (300-400W) branded PSUs (Antec, OCZ) are twice more expensive than an InterTech 650W unit.
...and there's a reason why.
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Cheap power supplies are usually older inefficient designs, they lie about performance, features, components, and warranty.
That said they do work.
I do not know availability or prices in Bulgaria, could you list choices or link to sources?
What is your budget and choices?
I'm in Denmark. My new rig costs 2400 dkk (~450 USD) without the PSU.
InterTech 650W costs 45$, Corsair Builder 400W costs 60$ and is the cheapest branded

Quote:
Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity View Post
They can also cause more serious problems, potentially house fires, for instance.

I wouldn't cheap out on the PSU. I don't care if it's labelled "1500 watts" and you're only expecting to use 300.

Check this out http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...print&reid=187 If nothing else it may amuse you. (a "1050w" diablo tek blows around 500 watts).
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