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My sister's PC recently went bad. The motherboard and PSU had capacitor failure. I'm looking to see what I can piece together on a low budget. She only needs the PC for online schooling and the internet (Facebook, maybe light media like music/videos), and that's about it. It'll be a basic and low power draw PC (no video cards, etc.).

I usually avoid "cheap" PSUs at all costs, but I was wondering if some of the cheaper cost, lower wattage ones are actually okay for the less demanding. I know the Linkworlds and Diabloteks and such are worth skipping, but I was looking around Newegg and this caught my attention.

Antec Basiq BP350 ($29.99)

I know the Basiq is their entry level stuff. From what I found on it, it's supposedly FSP made, and the 500W version seems okay. I've heard the rating is peak and the capacitors are iffy though (which is something to avoid since that's what took out her PC) (edit: it seems the newer ones are Delta made?). Is this unit any good?

If not, it's ugly, but this is my fallback which I'm all but sure would be more than fine and is just $10 more (it's actually only $7 more since it has free shipping and the Basiq doesn't).

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D ($39.99)

I'm really leaning towards the latter, unless there's nothing wrong with the Basiq, but it seems like the latter is well worth the extra $10. I'm finding it hard to beat $40 shipped for something decent (from Newegg, at least).
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/25/11 at 10:02pm
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I am a huge fan of the antec EA series, currently with 3 in use. Also, a customer has 2 basiq's in use, which have been kicking much longer then everything else. The same customer also had a antec something or other from early 2000's which the only reason we replaced it was to upgrade from a 462 setup.
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The latter is worth the extra $10 ($7), as you were thinking. There's not much else to say really. Cooler Master Elite Power 460/400W (both pretty much the same thing) are both also FSP and around $30, but they're probably not better than the Basiq. And they're too close in price to the Earthwatts Green anyway.
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I also just noticed the Basiq has just one SATA connector (reviews on Newegg claim it comes with three SATA now). There will be an SATA hard disk and an SATA optical drive, so we'll need two. While an adapter will work, it's sounding like the Earthwatts is the best bet.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/25/11 at 11:23am
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That BP500U can be classed as a 400w, because of the anemic +12v rail capacity. I would get either an EA-380D or a CX430.... The Basiq 350 isn't great.
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Would say to get the earthworks if u need 2 sata power adapters
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Phaedrus just did a thread on quality, sub $50 power supplies. Check it out, it has some good info. I personally use the Corsair CX430 in a couple systems and it works great.
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Originally Posted by hollywood406 View Post
Phaedrus just did a thread on quality, sub $50 power supplies. Check it out, it has some good info. I personally use the Corsair CX430 in a couple systems and it works great.
I saw that thread. I don't need as much though for this situation, and while I know most cheap PSUs are cheap in more way than one, I was wondering if any were half decent for basic use PCs with modest hardware.

I think I'm going to go for the Earthwatts 380. Again, $40 shipped seems hard to beat.
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Thermaltake W0070RU TR2-430W, i have 3 of them, one running non stop since 08/2007. Tough quality PSU, although Antec is a great choice.
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