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Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:58 am

I'm building a few rigs for my office, and they just need to be really – light duty budget rigs. I'm looking for PSUs with a balance of wattage and value (i.e. energy efficient and will not break down after 6 months). I am exploring using the Rosewill Mid Tower ATX cases – maybe smaller, and I've heard that their PSUs are decent as well. Suggestions are appreciated.
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Re: Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:09 am

I have a hard time looking past Corsair for PSUs.
Their inexpensive series is the CX. (the CX430 can usually be found for $50 or less)
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Re: Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:13 am

I have reasonable luck filtering search results by "80+" or "80 plus"

Check user reviews on anything that looks too good to be true, but it's basically impossible to reach 80% efficiency with nasty, cheap components, and the 80+ certification costs money so the really cheap companies avoid it altogether.
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Re: Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:22 am

Stickem wrote:
the CX430 can usually be found for $50 or less

Pffff, try $25 or less after MIR. Of course, the OP may be limited on MIRs by how many they intend to purchase. I do agree that it's on my short list for budget PSUs though. Newegg has the CX430 on sale quite often. They're listed at $45 right now without MIR.

Here are some PSUs to look at. (including two 80 Plus Gold rated units)
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Re: Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:34 am

While I am a big fan of Corsair PSUs, I wouldn't rule out EVGA PSs: ... ageSize=20
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Re: Budget PSU suggestions

Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:40 am

The bundled PSUs in Rosewill cases may be lightweight/light duty types with no PFC and less than 80% efficiency (no such claims in Newegg specs.) Those PSUs may be good enough for light duty home PC use but their reliability for continuous office use may be iffy. I have a good experience with Seasonic PSUs on my light duty rigs but you might also want to consider these (in addition to those posted above) :

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