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im rebuilding my old build.. i harvested many components such as the power supply, gpu, heatsink.. Looking for a PSU thats cheap but effective. This pc will be for light gaming, and just browsing.. Im looking on ebay and some 500 watt PSU's are going for like 30-50 bucks.. should i do it or will i be hating myself later?
Edited by Jaxis - 3/6/12 at 9:59pm
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post #2 of 11
dont ever skimp on a psu, not only your hardware could be in danger, but so could your home.

what hardware will be in the computer? 500w sounds alot for a rig thats doing light gaming.



spend the extra 10 dollars and get something like this, you can trust.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SeaSonic-M12II-SS-500GM-500W-ATX12V-SLI-CrossFire-80-Modular-Power-Supply-/320843591973?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item4ab3c4b125#ht_549wt_1396
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the issue is i have a 350 watt PSU already, and i still have an old gts 250. not sure if thats enough power for that card
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what else is in the rig? the 250 only draws 150w max at load. depending one what else you're running it should be just enough
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post #5 of 11
You can actually buy a quality name brand PSU for that price. A lot of those off brand cheap PSUs are over rated and cheaply made anyway. Like a 500W PSU could really be just be a 350W PSU. The PSU is not usually a component you want to cheap out on. What components are you running in the rig besides the GTS250?
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post #6 of 11
A PSU is something you should not compromise about, once it dies, it might die with your other components as well. So get something better that's gonna last long and serve you well.
Edited by strych9 - 3/6/12 at 10:05pm
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ben the OCer View Post

You can actually buy a quality name brand PSU for that price. A lot of those off brand cheap PSUs are over rated and cheaply made anyway. Like a 500W PSU could really be just be a 350W PSU. The PSU is not usually a component you want to cheap out on. What components are you running in the rig besides the GTS250?

p5n-e MOBO, e8400 Oc'd at 4.ghz, 4gig ram@800hz thats about it.
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post #8 of 11
With a GTS 250, regardless of the CPU, something as cheap as the Corsair CX430, Antec Earthwatts 430, or Rosewill Green 430....all would be absolutely perfect.

My HTPC01 build has an overclocked Q6600 in it (3.4GHz, have had it as high as 4.0GHz), and a GTS 250 in it. Corsair CX430 is what's powering it, and it doesn't even get warm (the PSU).

Don't skimp and buy a cheapo higher wattage unit, if you don't need it.

EDIT:
For comparison of the OP's sig rig....that machine would run flawlessly off any of the 3 listed PSU's as well. Heck, my main rig would run fine (i5 2500k with a 7970), so long as I kept things at stock.
Edited by pioneerisloud - 3/6/12 at 9:59pm
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post #9 of 11
grab the corsair 430 off newegg.
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post #10 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Quesoblanco View Post

grab the corsair 430 off newegg.

wow thanks, i got this PSU for 30$ after mail in and all the instant rebate and promo code
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