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So with not much cash left in the budget, was tossing up between a case + psu package. However these PSU's are generally rubbish, correct? I've done a little bit of research into ripple and stuff and how dodgy PSU's can over time cause damage to your components. Is there any harm in buying a cheap non 80+ certified PSU? Keeping in mind she will probably be keeping important work data, which im sure will be backed up but would rather not lose due to a failed hard drive from a rubbish PSU.

Was looking at roughly 130$ for case + psu. If needed could put in more. Are there any decent cheap PSU's. What should i be looking for, besides 80+ certified.

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There is the problem of non efficient power and usually not as good of quality components in non 80+ certified PSU's. There is a reason its tough to meet 80+ certification, because you need to actually have good components. With that setup you could EASILY get away with an Antec Earthwatts 380W which is 80+ bronze certified and would do you very well, and give you plenty of $$ to spend on the case (though I would be more worried about PSU then case as I'm guessing she doesn't care about side windows and lights )
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post #3 of 31
The title of the post can be looked at in so many ways that it's wrong lol. But a good name brand PSU about 430..should benefit. I always recommend corsair, so check this link out and it's only 44$ free ship. Corsair CX430

EDIT It's 39.99 free ship with 10$ off promo code
    
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post #4 of 31
a good 350-400W will be more than enough.
I run a be quiet! Pure Power L7 350W on the sig rig, works like a charm.
Just look for a psu that has plenty of Amps on the 12v rail and you're good.
e.g. antec basic's and some fsp's have <20A combined.
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Get a good case PSU combo, and some generic ram
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post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
There is the problem of non efficient power and usually not as good of quality components in non 80+ certified PSU's. There is a reason its tough to meet 80+ certification, because you need to actually have good components. With that setup you could EASILY get away with an Antec Earthwatts 380W which is 80+ bronze certified and would do you very well, and give you plenty of $$ to spend on the case (though I would be more worried about PSU then case as I'm guessing she doesn't care about side windows and lights )
As long as it has USB at the front shes happy. The left side of the case is against the wall so no one ever looks there. Although if i can save money on the case + psu then i can upgrade the cpu perhaps. Who knows.

The cheapest Antec 80+ certified is the Neo Eco 450c
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13454

Can anyone +1 for this psu?
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Originally Posted by XAnarchy View Post
As long as it has USB at the front shes happy. The left side of the case is against the wall so no one ever looks there. Although if i can save money on the case + psu then i can upgrade the cpu perhaps. Who knows.

The cheapest Antec 80+ certified is the Neo Eco 450c
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13454

Can anyone +1 for this psu?
It's a good psu.
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post #8 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by XAnarchy View Post
As long as it has USB at the front shes happy. The left side of the case is against the wall so no one ever looks there. Although if i can save money on the case + psu then i can upgrade the cpu perhaps. Who knows.

The cheapest Antec 80+ certified is the Neo Eco 450c
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13454

Can anyone +1 for this psu?
Read my post man, not only is corsair one of the best, and 430w is all you need. It's only $39.99 with promo code + free ship
    
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Read my post man, not only is corsair one of the best, and 430w is all you need. It's only $39.99 with promo code + free ship
It's a CWT design, while it's good with pumping out it's wattage, it's NOT 80Plus certified.
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It's a CWT design, while it's good with pumping out it's wattage, it's NOT 80Plus certified.
Yeah but it's not like he's building a gaming rig and needs sli support or 80 plus silver or gold. The desktop I'm using now has a 300w PSU, and it doesn't even have a name on it, and i been using it for years without a problem. But if he want 80 plus bronze then go for it, but bronze isn't that big of a deal.
    
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Swiftech Komodo 7970 - SOON Windows 7 Premium 64 bit Dell U3011 Corsair Vengeance K90 
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Corsair AX1200 w/Black carbon fiber Caselab Magnum M10 w/Custom window Cyborg R.A.T 7 Infection Cyborg G.L.I.D.E 7 
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Corsair Vengeance 1500 Koolance QDC Extreme Flow No-Spill, Female ID:1... ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm 
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120mm Black fan grill  BitFenix Alchemy Connect™ 30 LED Light Strip Red ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm 
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Monsoon CF, 1/2" x 3/4" Six Pack - Matte Black ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm  BitFenix Alchemy Connect™ 30 LED Light Strip Red DEMCiflex magnetic filter 
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Bitfenix 3-Pin to 3x 3-Pin Y Cable Splitter red GT AP-15's 1850RPM sleeved red   Phantek 120mm 1300RPM GT AP-15's 1850RPM sleeved red 
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120mm Black fan grill GT AP-15's 1850RPM sleeved red GT AP-15's 1850RPM sleeved red  Phantek 120mm 1300RPM 
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Phantek 120mm 1300RPM  120mm Black fan grill  Phantek 120mm 1300RPM Bitfenix 3-Pin to 3x 3-Pin Y Cable Splitter red 
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Phantek 120mm 1300RPM  Phantek 120mm 1300RPM  120mm Black fan grill  120mm Black fan grill 
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Koolance QDC Extreme Flow No-Spill, Male ID:1/2...  120mm Black fan grill  120mm Black fan grill  120mm Black fan grill 
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120mm Black fan grill  120mm Black fan grill  Phantek 120mm 1300RPM  BitFenix Alchemy Connect™ 30 LED Light Strip Red 
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Bitfenix 3-Pin to 3x 3-Pin Y Cable Splitter red Bitfenix 3-Pin to 3x 3-Pin Y Cable Splitter red ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm 
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ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm Koolance QDC Extreme Flow No-Spill, Male ID:1/2... ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm 
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