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Hi guys!

I am in the process of finding components in order to build an HTPC. I am currently searching for a PSU and during my research I found some mini PSUs in eBay that are around 120-200W...

I was wondering if any of you tried them or if they can provide enough power for my HTPC.

I am planning to use the onboard GPU and maybe a thin bluray drive just to let u know what are my power requirements.
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post #2 of 4
I had a 120W pico-itx PSU and it was very good. I sold it a while ago (unfortunately) and now I want to get another one.

They are reliable, noiseless and work exactly as a standard ATX PSU would. The one thing with them is to pay attention to the rating: for example my 120W had the available power split pretty much evenmy between +5V (~50W) and the +12V (~65W) with the rest for the +3.3 and the rest. Since a non-VIA motherboard pulls most of everything from the +12V rail I had only some 60-70W readily available, which is still enough to power a Atom/Brazos/low-end-real-cpu-platform-w/igp.

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post #3 of 4
hmmm currently im using a downclocked 2500k with integrated graphics for my htpc (also using it with a corsair 400 watt), its pulling a bit over ~120-150watts so i would think if you got something around 200 watt you should be fine.

But for pico psu's ive used 2 before and they worked just fine (the ones from shuttle pc) havent failed on me yet. I did a search sometime last year (was looking for a 600-800 watt pico.. no luck) and from what i read (if i remember correctly) this athena power supply was suppose to be pretty good.
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Not sure exactly what components you are using but I use THIS for my Zacate build.
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