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Low Watt PSU for 24/7 Build

Looking for a brand and model recommendation for a low end hdd server build.

It will run an i3 processor, 4-5 hdds and a few fans.. i dont think ill put a low end gpu in but having that option would be bad.

Need something solid that can run 24/7 and be efficent.

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Price range?
I was hoping on the cheaper side.. $50-100.. dont see a huge need to by a 350-550w platinun for $200..

Id love to spend $30 but i am sure thats a pos bronze.

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Budget power supplies can vary from junk to decent quality. It depends on the particular product.

This EVGA 650 G3 power supply is quite a bit over powered for your needs, though it comes highly recommended https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Supernov...eywords=650+g3


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Budget power supplies can vary from junk to decent quality. It depends on the particular product.

This EVGA 650 G3 power supply is quite a bit over powered for your needs, though it comes highly recommended https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Supernov...eywords=650+g3
I think we're on the same page. Was going to ask if the EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3 was ok. I can get it to MC for $80 and I got store credit so its a win win. For $10 more i can get the 650

Is the extra 100watts needed? I guess its future proofing incade i use it for something else..

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I think we're on the same page. Was going to ask if the EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3 was ok. I can get it to MC for $80 and I got store credit so its a win win. For $10 more i can get the 650

Is the extra 100watts needed? I guess its future proofing incade i use it for something else..
extra 100 watts? (only?)

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It will run an i3 processor, 4-5 hdds and a few fans..
that won't even use 100 watts under full load.

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I'd go the in-store credit route if it helps save $$. I personally have SeaSonic Focus 450FM running in my server, brought a molex sata extension to hook-up more drives. The EVGA 450 BT 450W(Bronze) can be had for $30 on NE right now. There's also the Corsair VS450W(80+) for not too much more. If you look around on the usual site's I'm sure you can find a good deal on a quality PSU.

I run 4 x 3TB IronWolf hdd's, x2 SSD's an i5 and 16gb's of ram on Win Server Essentials 16 and I doubt at any time I use more than 150 to 250 watts. Although I never measured it... I should, I have the equipment to do so.


EDIT: Just tested it out with the above components(Monitor included) startup was 72Watts down to 47 to 50Watts when idle. Streaming while sending a 3.2GB file + one VM running raised it up to 55Watts. So that should give you some indication of the power usage. BTW test was run with a KILL-A-WATT meter. Great call LOONIAM

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The EVGA BT450 is junk and you dont want one of those
https://www.overclock.net/forum/31-p...vga-bt450.html

The Corsair VS are not much better so none of those are quality units
As for the EVGA G3 nothing wrong with those other then they are loud when used in eco mode

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The EVGA BT450 is junk and you dont want one of those
https://www.overclock.net/forum/31-p...vga-bt450.html

The Corsair VS are not much better so none of those are quality units
As for the EVGA G3 nothing wrong with those other then they are loud when used in eco mode
I will stick with the G3.. either the 550w or 650w.. even if i throw a 1080ti in there I think the 550w is enough.. no sli for me

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I will stick with the G3.. either the 550w or 650w.. even if i throw a 1080ti in there I think the 550w is enough.. no sli for me
The Seasonic Focus is cheaper than the G3 in most places

You can get the semi modular 550 watt for $60 on newegg with rebate and the fully modular 550 watt for $75 with rebate on newegg
The G3 is $80 on newegg with rebate

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-095-_-Product
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-203-_-Product
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