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I'm looking for a good quality PSU under 100 bones, as per the title. I had 2 cheap POS items die on me (luckily not taking other parts with them) before I got a Corsair HX620W, which I'm 100% satisfied with.

I'm building a new rig for a course I'm taking in the fall and it's sorta on a budget so I am hoping to find a PSU with similar quality for about 2/3's the price of the Corsair (~$150).

Unit will be powering:
OC'ed Q6600 B3 (3.0-3.2GHz) w/ Core Contact Freezer,
Asus P5K Premium P35,
4GB DDR2-800 or -1066,
7900GS KO
1 HDD
1 DVDRW

I have read good things about Antec Neo HE500 listed here for $95...

Or should I just cough up the dough and get another HX620W even if it might be a little more power than the system needs?
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post #2 of 8
Since you are talking about the Corsair and the NeoPower, I'm assuming you want modular?
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Yes, preferably I would like modular.
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post #4 of 8
These are the modular PSUs I am aware of for sale in Canada:
Antec NeoPower- Decent PSUs, priced ok
Corsair hx520 and hx620- Better than the Antecs, the 520 can be found for less than $100 with rebate here: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...410&cid=PS.808
Seasonic M12- too expensive
Enermax Modu+- too expensive
Enermax Liberty- the 500W version isn't too bad, it's a little long in the tooth but is priced well (doesn't suffer from early deaths like the 620W version): http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=ENERMAX
Thermaltake TR2 RX- decent but not as good as the Antec: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=THERMALTAKE
Zalman- the 460W is under $100: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...=ZALMAN%20TECH
Xigmatek 650- not really available but well priced and quality is similar to the Corsairs if you can find them: http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...cid=PS.808.978
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post #5 of 8
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NCIX is my e-tailer of preference and I'd like to keep all my purchases with them if possible for multiple reasons (ship to me next-day, customer service, etc).

They have both the Enermax Liberty 500W for $95 ($75 after rebate) and the Antec Neo HE500W for $93. Both are modular. Of these 2 choice which is better quality?
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post #6 of 8
Eh, they are fairly close. I would give the edge to the Antec though. Like I said, the Liberty has been out for a while but efficiency and performance is still decent compared to newer stuff. It's older bro the 620W has problems with early deaths, but there haven't been any widespread reports of failures for the 500W model. If they were the same price I would say go with the Antec, but with the rebate the Liberty is a pretty good deal.
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post #7 of 8
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Thanks for your help Shinji

Since you seem to recommend the Antec and its highly-reviewed I will most likely be going with the HE500. I hate waiting for months for rebates to come back so that doesn't do much to convince me to go with the Enermax. However, if I free up an extra $50 before I actually buy a PSU, I might pick up an HX620W anyway...
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post #8 of 8
Good plan, rebates annoy me too .
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