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Right now, my desktop/htpc is using a ~90w brick on a picopsu.

At idle, i pull from the wall ~20-25w, and at load it's at ~75-80w. I'd like to add in 2-3 more HDDs and possibly a dedicated gpu (for madVR stuff, so the gpu will need to be a bit powerful, such as a gt430 or slightly newer), but right now i'm at the limit of what the power brick can do.

I'd also like to change back to an atx psu, instead of the pico psu. But the focus is on power efficiency, and i don't need anything above 300w at the very most.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a quality, efficient 200-250w psu?

Also, there are no future plans to upgrade beyond 3 hdds and a small gpu.
Edited by stumped - 6/27/13 at 6:45am
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I've been considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117 for myself for a simple raid 1 mini server for myself. I think it's a fair price for a gold efficient power supply and from a reputable company to boot.
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Super Flower Golden Green 350 watts if you can find it that is
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guys, i need something in the 200-250w range, 300+ is way overkill for my system.

but thanks for the suggestions.
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FSP FSP220-60LE 200W Flex ATX 20+4PIN 4CM BB Fan APFC 80Plus $53.46

i know you want a full ATX(?) but all the ones i saw were diablotek or sparkle that wereunder 300 watts
Edited by looniam - 6/27/13 at 8:17pm
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Originally Posted by looniam View Post

FSP FSP220-60LE 200W Flex ATX 20+4PIN 4CM BB Fan APFC 80Plus $53.46

i know you want a full ATX(?) but all the ones i saw were diablotek or sparkle that wereunder 300 watts

Yeah, it sucks that they don't really make good PSUs at that wattage in normal atx size. thanks for the link though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stumped View Post

Yeah, it sucks that they don't really make good PSUs at that wattage in normal atx size. thanks for the link though.

Yup... ATX PSU really start at around 300w. If you want sub-250w, you are better off looking at SFX, TFX, flex, etc PSU form factors.
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The problem is, there really aren't that many 200-250w units. Getting an atx unit in that form factor is hard enough, but I don't think there are any of decent quality at that range. Even if there are, the prices aren't that much different compared to a 300-400w unit. The FSP unit linked above costs $50, at which point you can get better quality 450w unit.

As a result, you are probably better of just getting an efficient 350w unit as suggested above. You may find a gold/platinum rated 250w unit for, say $100, but at that point the extra money spent negates any cost improvements from decreased power consumption.
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http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cases/display/seasonic-psu-roundup-2_5.htmlThe fact that the quality lower wattage power supplies cost more than their higher powered brothers follows everything else when you start wanting "small" and "quality". Go to logicsupply.com they have a lot of the quality small stuff but real pricey.

I found this at logicsupply.com 54.00. It is a Seasonic

Seasonic SS250-SU Flex-ATX Power Supply - 250 W
250-watt Flex ATX power supply with fan. Ideal for use as a replacement power supply for Flex-ATX powered Mini-ITX cases or for use as the main power unit for the SL1UR-B Rackmount Case

The link at the top will take you to a discussion about 3 Seasonic units in the range you are looking
Edited by PCCstudent - 6/28/13 at 10:00am
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by stumped View Post

guys, i need something in the 200-250w range, 300+ is way overkill for my system.

but thanks for the suggestions.

Is there a reason you can't get a quality 350 Watt power supply? Honestly that is basically where the quality/availability starts.

Also do realize that power supply size does not affect power consumption if that is what you were worried about. A 1000W psu and 300W psu, with the same 80 plus rating, will both draw the saw amount of power from the wall if your system is using 150W.
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