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A word of warning, the FSP Saga was not designed for 5V CPUs. The XP 2600+ runs on the 5V rail instead of the 12V based modern systems (the Abit NF7-S does not have a 12V cpu connector and uses a 20-pin ATX which is proof of this). The Saga only has 120W combined for the 3.3V and 5V rails which isn't enough IMO. I would prefer there to be ~180W at least. Unfortunately I know of no quality PSUs in your budget range that has that available (it is 7 year old tech after all). I would recommend a FSP but their whole range of 300-400W at Newegg has been updated to ATX 2.x (you need 1.3). This is the only decent PSU I can recommend that is anywhere near the specs I would like to see(it is still ATX 2.2 but it does have 180W combined on the 3.3/5V rails): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256032. This Rosewill is ATX 1.3 and would power your system but quality probably isn't the best: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182006. I'm actually using one of those to power an old Socket A I don't care about, but it is one of the ATNG built Rosewills which means it's at least mediocre *edit* but not necessarily bad (or good)*/edit*. There may be more choices at other sites, but I think it will be hard to find a decent PSU with your budget (no good sales ATM).

*edit*

If you do convince him to purchase a PSU with the intentions to upgrade, the Corsair and Silencer are very similar (performance, warranty, looks) and are both good choices. You could also get this (even better than the other two and cheaper before and after rebates):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702007
Edited by shinji2k - 12/13/08 at 2:10pm
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Update:

So I finally pulled my tangled up PSU out of my rig, and I hooked it up to his. I didn't try his again first, I wish I would have. But it powered right up with my Ultra 500W. I hooked his PSU back up, and it powered right back up with no problem.

I called him and told him my recommendations. He said he'd like to try and just use it as is with his current PSU, and is kind of hoping that the only reason it wasn't powering on earlier was because it got cold last night (~30F).

However, if when it gets to his house, it still doesn't work, He'll have to decide between that Silverstone ST400 (thanks Shin) or a 750W.

@ Shin: Thanks so much for the response. That post was chock full of great information.

I can't believe I didn't see that Silverstone. Probably because I was looking above 400W. I hate the way Newegg's search doesn't let me specify an exact range. Anyway. It's cheaper and looks to be more reliable than that FPS.

Tell me something though. Lenzo told me this board is an NF7-S Version 2. And it does have a 4-pin power port next the CPU. Do I need to plug that in? What exactly is that one for? It seems to run the same with or without it. I just don't know anything about AMD or old tech.

About that BFG, I remember seeing it, but I passed it over. How are BFG PSU's? Decent? I think I'm still leaning toward the Corsair, but I have to remind myself that this system isn't for me, and he'll probably settle and be much happier than me, because I tend to insist on having the best.

Thanks!
post #13 of 17
Ah, well if he has the V2 that makes a difference. It does use 12V for the CPU (hence the 4-pin) and that means he no longer needs a ATX1.3 PSU. I had to do some research, very few mobos at the time used 12V for CPU. The FSP Saga will be just fine if he needs a replacement. I'm still worried about his current PSU, if he has any more stability problems (and you are sure it is the PSU causing problems) he should really replace it. On the topic of a large capacity PSU, the BFG ES-800 is a big step up from their older offerings and is a somewhat obscure PSU. But, it is one of the best performing PSUs you can purchase in the 750-850W range (here's a review) and recently has dropped drastically in price.
Edited by shinji2k - 12/13/08 at 2:43pm
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post #14 of 17
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That's cool. But I still like that Silverstone better than the FPS. Don't you think it would be a better buy?

And if the BFG ES, Corsair TX, & Thermaltake Silencer were all the exact same price (or free, for argument's sake), which would you choose?
post #15 of 17
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention earlier that that particular Silverstone is made by FSP. But I've also heard the Saga is a little overrated (it's more like a 350W PSU). For the few bucks more I would get the Silverstone since it has passed testing: http://hardocp.com/article.html?art=...hlbnRodXNpYXN0.

And between the BFG, Corsair and (PC P&C) Silencer I've already cast my ballot (see sig rig). They all have their flaws: the Corsair has a higher than desired ripple (but still safe) at high 12V loads, the Silencer isn't as efficient and voltage regulation is a little worse than the Corsair and the BFG has high (but safe) ripple on the 3.3V and 5V rails at high loads. But then the BFG is more efficient and regulates better than either of the other two and has the quietest fan out of the three.
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Thanks again Shin. (Hey that rhymes, I'm a poet but I wasn't aware of it. )

I may have to highly recommend that BFG then. It seems to be a pretty good choice.

It's so nice having a forum with people that really know their stuff offering you advice. +Rep to you sir.
post #17 of 17
All 3 are good choices, just tell him to get whichever one is cheapest if/when he decides what to do.
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