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post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by itguy223 View Post
About the Corsair CX430 being 350 watts, I found this:


Does this mean that it is 380 Watts?
There's nothing wrong with the CX 430. It doesn't provide ~400 watts of 12v power, but it will put out 430 watts. Jonnyguru's review shows that... So not sure what everyone is on about.

Quote: "So the CX430 is under $50, but it seems we get a pretty decent unit for the money. We get 430W worth of continuous power with no surprises. Limited ripple and noise, a quiet 120mm fan, active PFC and fully sleeved cables.."

However. I'd buy the Antec Earthwatts 380. Cheaper than the CX430 (in the states at least) still a quality supply, and more than enough to power that machine.

Can't afford those - look at the Antec Basiq 350w. It's 30 USD at newegg.. I know that doesn't help you in Britain, but yeah.
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I wouldn't touch an Antec Basiq. Quote from Phaedrus2129.

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"They're ugly, perform like crap, have short cables, and are dirt cheap (to make). They're basically just crappy FSP units. I don't want to imply that everything FSP makes is crap; they can generate some solidly mediocre stuff too when they try. But these are crap even by FSP's standards. They're not the worst PSUs in the world, but they're pretty bad, and the price tag for these "budget" models... All I can say is stay away. They're like the one big, ugly, festering pimple on the cheek of the otherwise smokin' hot chick that is Antec. It's best to pretend they don't exist."
I'm going to give the original poster the best advice he will ever receive about this. If you can't a ford a GOOD PSU because of the cost of the other components you will be buying for your system, then cut back somewhere else. Get the best QUALITY PSU you can get. If you can't afford to do that, you can't afford the system.

The Antec Neo Eco or EarthWatts 380 would be much better than a POC Basiq.
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post #23 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I have decided to go with the Corsair CX430 which I found on Ebay UK for 38GBP. Next I think I need a UK keyboard so I can stop saying "GBP".
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Well, actually I am over in the US visiting family for awhile, and I might be able to bring some stuff home. So I am reconsidering my choices. What about the coolermaster Elite 460 mentioned earlier? I found it pretty cheap on Ebayhere. Otherwise, the corsair is $2 more, but I'm thinking 430 vs. 460 watts,... so let me know. Thanks again everyone.
post #26 of 34
The CoolerMaster is a 400W. We know because it's internally identical to the 400W version, and still shuts off as soon as it reaches 420W.

Of course, the CX430 is a 380W. But it's a better 380W than CoolerMaster's FSP 400W.
post #27 of 34
Thread Starter 
Will 380 watts be enough if I plan to upgrade my system in the future? Maybe I need to be looking at something totally different. I plan to add another 500gb hard drive and upgrade the Geforce 9400GT to a GT 240, and take the memory up to 8GB.
post #28 of 34
Thread Starter 
How accurate is the PSU calculator here?

http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

It reads me at a recommended wattage of 279 with a Regular Desktop Motherboard, a Phenom II X4 805, 4 Sticks of DDR3, 2 Regular SATA drives, a Geforce GT 240, 1 DVD-RW, and two 92mm fans.
post #29 of 34
have an elite 460, 30 shipped with prime on amazon.

powers my 6850 and my unlocked quad core phenom 555.
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have an elite 460, 30 shipped with prime on amazon.

powers my 6850 and my unlocked quad core phenom 555.
You're lucky.
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