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NEED help picking PSU and where to get it from cheaply!!! Broke & In College :(

post #1 of 16
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soooo i upgraded my graphics card on my tower.. first real upgrade ive made on this POS (other than ram).. but the problem is its rated at needing at least a 400W PSU to be stable.. now my psu is apaprently only 250w.. it runs fine and is amazingg though when i match it with the rest of my pc.. but when i play some heavy hitting games (which it boots up and runs for a while flawlessly!) my computer shuts down and im like well damn.. mad.gif so im finally going to try to get a PSU thats big enough..

problem is im in college. and broke as hell. i lucked out with the GPU (its a galaxy GeForce 450) got it for only $40 at bestbuy becuase apparently they are stopping carrying them and clearance and whatnot.. great deal smile.gif

whats the cheapest (but not crap) PSU i should/could buy that will be stable for this card?.. and maybe if for a few more $ big enought o expand my computer a bit more (with more hdd and eventually a new mobo/cpu)

thanks for any advice! I just need cheap and effective... as much as that may or may not be possbile lol

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post #2 of 16
What about this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

It is 430W and just around 25 US dollars after rebate.

However you could pick up this instead

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

600 W and about 50 bucks after rebate


If your computer shuts down like that, which is normal, i would actually stop playing games on it until i get the PSU. You might never know how an insufficient PSU might be damaging your hardware. It happens.
post #3 of 16
The corsair builders series has been at a great price point recently and are a good brand. I recently picked up the 500w for my office pc to replace a truepower whose fans where starting to go.

That 430 corsair, i just checked, is $44.99-$20 rebate-$8 promo code=$16.99
edit: promo code= EMCNHHB34

I am thinking of picking one up and I do not even need it.... thats a good price.
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I'm assuming that if your PC has a 250 watt unit you probably don't have an i7 or anything crazy powerful for CPU, meaning your total power requirement is probably less than 200 watts TDP. Even though you have a 250, it is probably such low quality that its actually more like a 150 watt unit. Here is the cheapest unit newegg sells that I would recommend (if you don't feel like fooling around with phantom rebates)...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029
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ya'll keep mentioning a rebate on those units but i dont see it anywhere on newegg.. where are you seeing this at? thanks smile.gif
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@ Nikla

go to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

It says that the Price is 44.99
below says you save 5 dollars
Below that there is protect your investment
below that there is the 1 year warranty checkbox
and right below it there is the price after rebate

Just above where it says Free Shipping
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Thanks so much! im probably going to go with the 430... but another question.. im real broke but have plans to keep upgrading and improving my PC.. would 430 be too low and something id have to upgrade again possibly? after the PSU my next investment is probably going to be a new mobo and cpu and more Hard drives.. (end plan is to have 4 hard drives in my pc.. maybe 5 but i only need 4) would it be a better idea to get something larger than 430 so i dont have to buy again or am i crazy?
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Originally Posted by Nikla View Post

Thanks so much! im probably going to go with the 430... but another question.. im real broke but have plans to keep upgrading and improving my PC.. would 430 be too low and something id have to upgrade again possibly? after the PSU my next investment is probably going to be a new mobo and cpu and more Hard drives.. (end plan is to have 4 hard drives in my pc.. maybe 5 but i only need 4) would it be a better idea to get something larger than 430 so i dont have to buy again or am i crazy?

If i were you i would at least aim for a 600W PSU.
if you can 750 would be amazing.

430 is not really future proof.
post #10 of 16
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If i were you i would at least aim for a 600W PSU.
if you can 750 would be amazing.
430 is not really future proof.

The cx430 would support an i5 and 7950 just fine. Thats PLENTY "future proof" for the budget this guy is on. Nothing is really future proof...

Besides throwing around random wattage numbers like that is useless unless there are specific PSU's your talking about. Case in point a (insert random offbrand psu) rated @ 750w psu may actually supply significantly less power than the cx430 on the 12v rail.
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Thanks so much! im probably going to go with the 430... but another question.. im real broke but have plans to keep upgrading and improving my PC.. would 430 be too low and something id have to upgrade again possibly? after the PSU my next investment is probably going to be a new mobo and cpu and more Hard drives.. (end plan is to have 4 hard drives in my pc.. maybe 5 but i only need 4) would it be a better idea to get something larger than 430 so i dont have to buy again or am i crazy?

Read my above statement. And check this out to clarify. FAQ: PSU Calculator
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