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Hey, I've posted this on another forum (Whirlpool) but want an answer from the pros so I don't buy the wrong PSU!

I'm looking to build a Mini ITX Machine
I want to do a Pico PSU as this will be in a custom made case smile.gif

Here are my specs:
Motherboard:
Gigabyte H61N-USB3

Storage:
Western Digital Scorpio 320GB – SATA 7200RPM 16M HDD (2.5") (I can go with a 5400RPM if needed)

Cooling:
Thermaltake Slim X3 – 36mm High CPU Cooler

CPU:
Intel Core i3 3225 – 3.30GHz – 3MB Cache

RAM:
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) CML8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile Vengeance

Now the questions:
1. Will 120w be enough (I will be using the integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics)?
2. Where can I get the best price on a PicoPSU and Power Adapter? (I live in Queensland)?
3. Is there a better option than PicoPSU?
4. I am most of the parts from Umart, is there a better place I should be looking?

Thanks!
- Jacob
post #2 of 24
I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be enough to be honest
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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be enough to be honest

Should I go with the 150w?

I'll occasionally have maybe a USB HDD plugged in and a flash drive maybe tongue.gif
post #4 of 24
It'll be overkill.

With the 80W version you'd be perfectly fine, too.
   
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post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post

It'll be overkill.
With the 80W version you'd be perfectly fine, too.

Sweet!!

I'm confused about the AC adapter, it says 60W but why would they include a 60W with a 120W PSU?

This is what I'm looking at http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/120W-DC-DC-PicoPSU-120-Power-Supply-60W-AC-Adapter-/130285899605?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item1e55a50f55&_uhb=1#ht_3331wt_1156
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by jakiejake View Post

Sweet!!
I'm confused about the AC adapter, it says 60W but why would they include a 60W with a 120W PSU?
This is what I'm looking at http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/120W-DC-DC-PicoPSU-120-Power-Supply-60W-AC-Adapter-/130285899605?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item1e55a50f55&_uhb=1#ht_3331wt_1156

Honestly I've no idea, but a 60W adapter will smoke itself when you run that system at full load. It probably doesn't eat even 60W, but I wouldn't trust running the adapter at 100% load, not even a genuine one. I've got bad experiences with that.


This is the adapter I have paired with my picoPSU:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Charger-Battery-AC-Adapter-For-SONY-VAIO-VGN-A100-A150-A190-19-5V-6-15A-120W-/260953108316?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3cc2046f5c&_uhb=1


Although I use this pico PSU, which accepts from 12 to 25V:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PicoPSU-120-WI-25-12-25V-Wide-Input-ATX-Power-Supply-/160430872213?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item255a6cd695&_uhb=1


I bought both items from the above links wink.gif


If you'd rather run the PSU off fixed 12V, this brick looks good:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/standard-AC-DC-12V-80W-6-6A-Power-Adapter-110-220V-/170943178994?pt=Multipurpose_AC_to_DC_Adapters&hash=item27cd01e8f2&_uhb=1

You would have to solder a new power jack though. They are like 70 cents a piece, so it's not like that'll be a problem.


Also, I'd recommend sourcing your picoPSU from Cyncronix directly (or their ebay account, cyncronixinc), since they are the manufacturers and it's better to deal directly with them. They also have the most reasonable prices as well.
Edited by Artikbot - 12/6/12 at 5:25am
   
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post #7 of 24
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Honestly I've no idea, but a 60W adapter will smoke itself when you run that system at full load. It probably doesn't eat even 60W, but I wouldn't trust running the adapter at 100% load, not even a genuine one. I've got bad experiences with that.
This is the adapter I have paired with my picoPSU:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Charger-Battery-AC-Adapter-For-SONY-VAIO-VGN-A100-A150-A190-19-5V-6-15A-120W-/260953108316?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3cc2046f5c&_uhb=1
Although I use this pico PSU, which accepts from 12 to 25V:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/PicoPSU-120-WI-25-12-25V-Wide-Input-ATX-Power-Supply-/160430872213?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item255a6cd695&_uhb=1
I bought both items from the above links wink.gif
If you'd rather run the PSU off fixed 12V, this brick looks good:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/standard-AC-DC-12V-80W-6-6A-Power-Adapter-110-220V-/170943178994?pt=Multipurpose_AC_to_DC_Adapters&hash=item27cd01e8f2&_uhb=1
You would have to solder a new power jack though. They are like 70 cents a piece, so it's not like that'll be a problem.
Also, I'd recommend sourcing your picoPSU from Cyncronix directly (or their ebay account, cyncronixinc), since they are the manufacturers and it's better to deal directly with them. They also have the most reasonable prices as well.

Would I need to solder a new plug on the Sony?
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Would I need to solder a new plug on the Sony?

Yup, as the one that comes with it is completely reversed, and improper diameter.

But don't worry, it's very easy smile.gif

In fact, I had to do it three times... One because I forgot to put the isolator in place. Another one because I forgot to put the heatshrink in place. And the third one because I reversed polarities doh.gif

As a side note, these PSUs operate using the DC jack wire as the positive, and the plug body as the ground.
   
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post #9 of 24
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Also, I'd recommend sourcing your picoPSU from Cyncronix directly (or their ebay account, cyncronixinc), since they are the manufacturers and it's better to deal directly with them.

I think Mini Box is the manufacturer of PicoPSUs.

An Ivy Bridge dual core with one HDD and nothing else? The 80W PicoPSU will probably be enough, coupled with a matching brick.
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I think Mini Box is the manufacturer of PicoPSUs.

doh.gif

Yeah, it is, sorry smile.gif

Cyncronix is their eBay reseller tongue.gif
   
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