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Antec350 vs CoolerMaster460

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I'm looking for a budget PSU that can power a budget HTPC rig.

Which is better, the Antec Basque 350watt or a COOLER MASTER Elite 460watt?

I know Antec is a good company, but their basque series is kinda mediocre. I've heard that CM is a mediocre PSU company, but this PSU is fine.

If the Antec is $4 cheaper, which should I get?

Actually, there's a HEC ~500watt PSU for the same price range. Is HEC any good? I haven't heard much about them.
Edited by Bluescreendeath - 12/19/10 at 8:50pm
post #2 of 15
It's actually "Basiq". It's just a fancy way for them to say that it's a "basic" power supply. Regarding the Cooler Master Elite: I think that the only positive things I've heard about any of CM's power supplies are in regards to their Silent Pro units - but I remember some of those comments were like "it's mediocre at best".

Is there a chance that you can look at other power supplies?

Also, will you be doing any overclocking?
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post #3 of 15
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It's gonna be a low power HTPC with a low-power dual core, maybe I'll try unlocking it into a triple or quad. If it doesn't unlock, I'll do some mild OCing to 3.4-3.6 or so. It'll use 1 HDD and integrated graphics, so the total power consumption after either unlocking or OCing will be maybe ~100watts or less.

My budget is $30 which includes shipping. The Antec350 was $26 free S&H, and CM460 was $30 free S&H. Those are the best ones I've found so far, but if you can find better deals then be my guest.
Edited by Bluescreendeath - 12/19/10 at 8:31pm
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The ElitePower 460W is identical to the ElitePower 400W. In that I mean both shut down at 420W. If you're going to do yourself the disservice of buying such a mediocre product, at least don't let CM con you out of an extra $10 for no gain.

The Basiq series units are slightly overrated; they can do their rated wattage, but only if you assume unrealistic draw from the +5V and +3.3V. The BP430 is really a 350-380W, for instance. The BP550U is the best of them, being a Delta made unit rather than an FSP like the other Basiqs and the CM ElitePowers.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
The ElitePower 460W is identical to the ElitePower 400W. In that I mean both shut down at 420W. If you're going to do yourself the disservice of buying such a mediocre product, at least don't let CM con you out of an extra $10 for no gain.

The Basiq series units are slightly overrated; they can do their rated wattage, but only if you assume unrealistic draw from the +5V and +3.3V. The BP430 is really a 350-380W, for instance. The BP550U is the best of them, being a Delta made unit rather than an FSP like the other Basiqs and the CM ElitePowers.
For me, the CM460 and 400 are the same price at $30 free S&H.

So Antec BP350 vs CM460?
post #6 of 15
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Actually, there's a HEC ~500watt PSU for the same price range. Is HEC any good? I haven't heard much about them.
post #7 of 15
HEC is mediocre.

Actually, you say this is for an HTPC? Then none of the above. All of these units have very loud fans. As in, audible at idle.

Maryland eh? I'm in Frederick this week myself.
post #8 of 15
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Well, it'll be under the TV, in a wooden/glass enclosure, so the noise will be at a minimum. And any noise will be drowned out by the TV audio anyways...

I don't care if HEC is mediocre, I'm looking for the best low budget medicore PSU for $30 or less.

HEC500+, Antec BP350, CM460?

Maryland for vacation or business?
Edited by Bluescreendeath - 12/19/10 at 9:05pm
post #9 of 15
Head to the Microcenter in Rockville; they have an OCZ StealthXStream 400W for $32 (CWT DSA platform, decent build quality and caps). Pick up a CPU for cheap while you're there too.


I'm in Maryland to visit my dad and go fossil hunting around Sideling Hill.
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 12/19/10 at 9:09pm
post #10 of 15
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Hmmm, maybe I will. But 372 watt output on 12v rails seem overkill for a budget ~100-120watt computer... >_>

Do you know when Bulldozer is coming out? If it comes out in Q2 2011 or later, maybe I'll head over to Microcenter to pick up an i7 950 or something...
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