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PSU needed

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by gaz1971, 12 Oct 2012.

  1. gaz1971

    Gangster

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

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    What wattage PSU would I need for this
    Z77 DS3H mb
    Celeron d530
    2 hard drives
    TV card
    Video capture card
    HD5400 GPU
    DVDRW

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. stulid

    Capo Crimine

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  3. gaz1971

    Gangster

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

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    I was after power output thats needed, rather than actual PSU's. So 400w would be enough juice?
     
  4. stulid

    Capo Crimine

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    Yes it is:)

    Plenty in fact.
     
  5. gaz1971

    Gangster

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    I never really knew exactly how much wattage was needed, I was always looking 500w plus
     
  6. stulid

    Capo Crimine

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    You dont have anything thats remotely power hungry, both the CPU and GFX card consume very little power.

    Even a 300W PSU would be ample.
     
  7. climhazzard36

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  8. Orcvader

    Capodecina

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    Just make sure you get a branded PSU. Cheap PSUs usually cut out on quality on some parts, meaning the PSU may not be able to output the stated power and/or have protection circuits.
     
  9. BrianB

    Wise Guy

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    I'm ordering the Antec after the 15th as I'll be entitled to free delivery then. Will be cheaper than the sale price with free postage. :D Stulid told me it has Seasonic internals!

    I think it is a beautiful looking PSU, I really love the fan grill and paint job.
     
  10. gaz1971

    Gangster

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

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    I currently have a CiT 450w and its been fine but want to get a branded one and like the look of the PC power ones as Im aware they have Seasonic internals and 5yr warranty.

    Does the fact I like to leave my PC on all the time make any difference to what PSU I should get?
     
    Last edited: 12 Oct 2012
  11. RJC

    Don

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    Location: Kent

    Nope, all the psu recommended will be fine.
     
  12. BluSky

    Wise Guy

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    Good call on upgrading from that CiT. All the PSU's suggested here will be fine, also for future reference you should check out the 'extreme outervision PSU calculator' (google it) if you are ever looking for a rough guide on PSU power requirements :)
     
  13. BrianB

    Wise Guy

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    The Antec is cheaper, both seasonic internals apparently, same efficiency, wouldn't be surprised if they are the same inside. White one is modular which is alright but not really needed since they both don't have that many connector's to make modular. I think the non modular would look tidier because the cables are all together not spread out. The fan look's better to me on the Antec.

    That PSU calculator isn't very realistic, but useful still as it doesn't hurt to get a more powerful PSU than you need. According to the calculator I need over 600W but my PC at absolute 100% GPU CPU load is 260W.

    CiT is cheap nasty from that shop that charges you at least double the online price. They tried to sell me a 650W PSU the other day, after looking at the actual unit it didn't weigh much and it wasn't even painted or sleeved. £50, bargain. CiT one also had no mention of a warranty on it. :p
     
    Last edited: 13 Oct 2012
  14. gaz1971

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    Got my CiT online from another outlet, cost 30 quid and is a nice, heavy piece of kit with sleeved cabling. I know they are budget brand, but its worked fine and is nice and quiet.

    Ive seen guys banging on about how brilliant their 100£ Corsair PSU was, despite it blowing after 6 months and totalling half the kit in his pc. Ive never bought branded before and never had a PSU last less than 3 yrs or damage anything else when it blew.
     
  15. Wolfie1990

    Associate

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    Location: Birmingham

    Antec 400
     
  16. daveyg

    Gangster

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    Location: Bristol, UK

    And remember a lack of protection circuits can fry your gear!
     
  17. gaz1971

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    Ive got the Antec 400 and what a lump it is! I saw the guy carrying it from the van like he had a sack of spuds, its a hefty piece of kit