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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Just put together a new HTPC:

Intel E6500
4GB G.Skill Ripjaws
Gigabyte GT 430
Asus Xonar DX
Two old WD HDDs
DVD drive

Requires about 350W max I believe. Picked up a Corsair CX430, but it was a bit of a dud and needs to be sent back. Want to know what to do. RMA it to Corsair and stick with the CX, or send it back to the online retailer and buy another?

How's the CX430? Good enough? I was looking at the ModXStream 500W because it's slightly modular which will reduce the clutter in the case ever so slighty. Trying to keep the cost around $40-50 per PSU, so have at it.

Thanks.
post #2 of 12
350watts should do the job easily..
post #3 of 12
Do not go over 450Watts unless you want to upgrade the HTPC later... Just Try a CX430, that PSU is more than enough.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
I know 350W is enough, but you rarely see 350W models, at least on the site I use.

I've already tried the CX430 and know it powers it, but I think the capacitors are shoddy so it needs to be RMA'd. I'm just wondering if, with the chance I have, I should look into something else.

I can get a ModXStream Pro 500W model for just over $40 after rebate and free shipping, for example. If I send it back to the retailer, I could just get this. Or I could go with an advanced RMA for my CX430. Either way, I'm troubled and I have to ship something somewhere and I pay for it so I need to know what the best option is.
post #5 of 12
gt430 is 50w and E6500 is 65w so just keep the 430cx. It is hassle to sell 430cx at cheap and shipping is a pain also.

Edit: Didn't know you can RMA it.
Edited by linskingdom - 3/1/11 at 8:57am
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well I have to pay for the CX430 to ship it somewhere regardless, either to Corsair or the online retailer.

I'll get a full refund to the online retailer, so I'm asking if I should take the opportunity to upgrade. The ugprade to the 500W ModX would be about $4. Just looking for the best quality for the money.
post #7 of 12
I'm not sure that an OCZ ModXStream 500W would be much of an upgrade in terms of quality. Where are you buying from and what's your budget anyway?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by CasanovaFly View Post
Well I have to pay for the CX430 to ship it somewhere regardless, either to Corsair or the online retailer.

I'll get a full refund to the online retailer, so I'm asking if I should take the opportunity to upgrade. The ugprade to the 500W ModX would be about $4. Just looking for the best quality for the money.
I got the ModXStream Pro 600W ($45 MIR I think?) for my son last Christmas. It is 'ok' unit but actually it works fine except the power cables a bit short but not worry if you don't do cable management.
post #9 of 12
Just stick with the CX430. That rig will consume like 150w at most.
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post #10 of 12
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@Shub: DirectCanada.com, budget's $40-50. Assuming the PSU's are relatively the same quality, but I like the modular nature of the OCZ for the HTPC.

The fact that the CX only comes with a 2 year warranty is interesting, as well. Considering I've got the AX850 and it's got a 7 year warranty. Interesting discrepancy. Don't know if it says something for quality or not.
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