Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › What budget PSUs are acceptable
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What budget PSUs are acceptable

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
There are a lot of cheap PSUs. What 500-600W PSUs are good, but inexpensive. I'm looking in the $40-50 range. I usually use the Antec EA500, when they are $50, but they are back to their normal price on Newegg.

Thanks
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 26
With Power Supplies, I'm pretty stingy. If you've ever had to troubleshoot a system with a bad PSU you'll recognize the frustration. It's impossible.

If you're really on a tight PSU budget, I'd recommend E-bay or open box or waiting for a nice sale. If you just have to have one ASAP, price check around. There's the Egg, and Tiger Direct and ZipZoomFly for starters.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.
Nacho Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
q9550 4.0GHz @1.3v GA-EP45-UD3P MSI 460 810/1800 2x2GB Gskill 800/894 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD 640 Blue RAID0 ASUS DVD+-RW WIN7 / XP 64 / Linux ACER 23" 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Custom CM690 
  hide details  
Reply
Nacho Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
q9550 4.0GHz @1.3v GA-EP45-UD3P MSI 460 810/1800 2x2GB Gskill 800/894 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD 640 Blue RAID0 ASUS DVD+-RW WIN7 / XP 64 / Linux ACER 23" 
PowerCase
Corsair HX750 Custom CM690 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 26
If you factor in MIR, the OCZ 500-600W StealthXstreams are usually pretty cheap and decent on a budget. Another good one to look for would be the LS-550 from BFG. Apart from those and the various Antec PSUs that go on sale there isn't much that is consistently that price and isn't peak rated or has questionable caps. For instance, many of the ATNG built Rosewills like the RPxxx series are passable PSUs but have caps sensitive to heat. Or units like the Cooler Master eXtreme series perform well enough but are usually overrated by a good amount.
i7 monsta
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.2GHz] [1.325V] ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 2x XFX 5870 [1000/1250] G.Skill 3x2GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Silverstone ST85F-P whiteOut G9 
  hide details  
Reply
i7 monsta
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.2GHz] [1.325V] ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 2x XFX 5870 [1000/1250] G.Skill 3x2GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Silverstone ST85F-P whiteOut G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shinji2k View Post
If you factor in MIR, the OCZ 500-600W StealthXstreams are usually pretty cheap and decent on a budget. Another good one to look for would be the LS-550 from BFG. Apart from those and the various Antec PSUs that go on sale there isn't much that is consistently that price and isn't peak rated or has questionable caps. For instance, many of the ATNG built Rosewills like the RPxxx series are passable PSUs but have caps sensitive to heat. Or units like the Cooler Master eXtreme series perform well enough but are usually overrated by a good amount.
With this, I'm going to stay away from rebates for a while. I'm really looking for a decently dependable PSU that I will always be able to get, not just a better one thats spontaneously onsale.
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 26
There are many good deals with MIR. Without MIR, around $50, may give Antec BP500W or Rosewill RP550W a try. They are not the top line but for budget build it should be fine.
post #6 of 26
I understand the rebate thing. It's near impossible to get a mostly reliable 500-600W that is normally priced between $40-50. About the only ones that get anywhere close to that would be these:
Xclio Goodpower
Rosewill RP500-2
Rosewill RP550-2
OCZ SXS 500

The OCZ is the best out of those since it has the highest efficiency and caps that aren't sensitive to heat. I don't like any of these PSUs but if you have to go cheap, this is the best you can do.

edit:
Quote:
Originally Posted by linskingdom View Post
There are many good deals with MIR. Without MIR, around $50, may give Antec BP500W or Rosewill RP550W a try. They are not the top line but for budget build it should be fine.
I know the BP500U did decently in reviews, but the BP500UB is the one in his price range and I have yet to figure out what the difference is. That $20 had to go somewhere.

edit 2:
I think I figured it out. The B model is an OEM version with a much shorter warranty. Performance should be the same so $40 for a somewhat decent FSP build is about the best you can do.
Edited by shinji2k - 12/24/08 at 7:10pm
i7 monsta
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.2GHz] [1.325V] ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 2x XFX 5870 [1000/1250] G.Skill 3x2GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Silverstone ST85F-P whiteOut G9 
  hide details  
Reply
i7 monsta
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 [4.2GHz] [1.325V] ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 2x XFX 5870 [1000/1250] G.Skill 3x2GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Silverstone ST85F-P whiteOut G9 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 26
I am still using an Aspire 600w power supply in one of my machines powering a C2D and an 8800GTS. Aspire is now called Apevia and they're fairly cheap. I have no complaints with mine other than it's not as quiet as my others.
Edited by sccr64472 - 12/24/08 at 7:21pm
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. That OCZ is a good deal now. I will pick it up. I will keep the others in mind when shopping for PSUs.

+reps for the help.
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 26
I'd take a look at this 410W Silencer by PC Power & Cooling. It has a rebate, but it fits in your original budget regardless.

Also, take an additional 20% off w/ promo code "Pcpextra20", ends 12/31.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703014

Or I'd go with this Corsair. Once again, don't mind the rebates.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008

Hope that helps.
six|speed
(11 items)
 
five|speed
(14 items)
 
automatic.
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gryphon Z97 Asus GTX760 OC 16GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
2x 256GB Crucial MX100 H60 Windows 8.1 Pro OS X Yosemite 
MonitorPowerCase
2x Dell U2414H Seasonic X650 Legacy U3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
six|speed
(11 items)
 
five|speed
(14 items)
 
automatic.
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Gryphon Z97 Asus GTX760 OC 16GB Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
2x 256GB Crucial MX100 H60 Windows 8.1 Pro OS X Yosemite 
MonitorPowerCase
2x Dell U2414H Seasonic X650 Legacy U3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shift. View Post
I'd take a look at this 410W Silencer by PC Power & Cooling. It has a rebate, but it fits in your original budget regardless.

Also, take an additional 20% off w/ promo code "Pcpextra20", ends 12/31.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703014

Hope that helps.
This is for a new 4 GPU folding machine. I don't think I would want to go any less than 500W. Thats a good deal though.
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Power Supplies
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › What budget PSUs are acceptable