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I have an old Pentium 4 PC that I have sitting in my room and awhile ago this suckers PSU bit the dust.

Now I would like to buy a power supply for it, but dont want to put god awful money into it. I simply just want this computer to turn on, and run.

My main purpose of this machine is to run Linux for school, some minor over clocking for fun.

So my question is... Is it worth buying the cheapest you can find, as long as it works? or not?

IF anyone has any suggestions, im looking for at least a 400W that can supply power to 1 CD burner, a DVD drive, hard drive. All IDE
Edited by morbid_bean - 2/25/11 at 8:28am
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post #2 of 17
Heres an Antec NeoECO 400w for 35 Shipped

http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...5-shipped.html

Most of the lower quality PSUs the shipping cost more I would just drop the $35 and grab this, unless your gonna look for a cheap one locally
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Yeah I also forgot to mention that I needed one of the older type that have the 4 Pin connector for the hard drive and cd/dvd drives.

Im thinking that I might just get cheaper local. Possibly microcenter, they seem to sell some used stuff at my local Microcenter.

something like http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307613

SUPER CHEEP and to the point... but how long before it ****s? lol
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by morbid_bean View Post
Yeah I also forgot to mention that I needed one of the older type that have the 4 Pin connector for the hard drive and cd/dvd drives.

Im thinking that I might just get cheaper local. Possibly microcenter, they seem to sell some used stuff at my local Microcenter.
The cable you're talking about is a mini molex, and you should be able to find an adapter for a normal molex IIRC.

Something akin to this;

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Think about it like this...are you going to care if it dies and takes out the rest of the rig? If not, then get the cheapest one you can find. If you don't want to risk it, pick up something a little more reliable.
 
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post #6 of 17
Never get a generic PSU for any system you actually care about.

That Antec NeoECO is about the best quality unit you can find for $35.

Quote:
Originally Posted by morbid_bean View Post
Yeah I also forgot to mention that I needed one of the older type that have the 4 Pin connector for the hard drive and cd/dvd drives.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR View Post
The cable you're talking about is a mini molex, and you should be able to find an adapter for a normal molex IIRC.
I believe the OP is just referring to normal molex connectors for the older optical drives and HDDs. Mini molex is only for 3.5" floppy drives IIRC.
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 2/25/11 at 9:13am
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post #7 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
Think about it like this...are you going to care if it dies and takes out the rest of the rig? If not, then get the cheapest one you can find. If you don't want to risk it, pick up something a little more reliable.
I think this lays out the playing field pretty well. Thanks


If it dies, it dies, sht happens life goes on.

Thanks for all the feedback guys.
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post #9 of 17
Don't get the cheapest you can get. Crap psus are inefficient and will not last (usually).

Just spring the extra $10 for one of these: Xigmatec 400w. reveiw, sub $75 comparison.

I put one in my daughters build. Build quality was good and cable sleeving was nice. Nice and quiet to boot.
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cheap PSU + OC = FIRE!
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