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Need PSU advice for an ATX Gamer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by -, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Guest

    So i got my Thermaltake Tsunami case in and realized i forgot to order a PSU to go with it.

    I dont want to spend over $100 and i can see a ton of options on when it comes to PSU's. i will be running a PCIe 16 vid card and a combo drive for my burning needs. It will mainly be a gamer and it is for me :)

    Any pointers on a good PSU for my needs would help me to narrow down my choices.


    I do need SATA power connections on it, i would say Two built in would suit my needs. If i need more i will buy a molex to SATA power adapter.
  2. Guest

    I am not so sure i understand some of the options the PSU's have, for Example:

    Antec NeoPower ATX 480W Power Supply - Retail

    Dual +12V: Yes
    Efficiency: > 70%
    Fans: 1
    Hold-up Time: 20ms
    Input Frequency Range: 47 - 63Hz
    Input Voltage: 100 - 240V
    Over Voltage Protection: YES
    Overload Protection: YES
    PFC: Active

    what is dual +12
    how important is efficiency
    # of fans, i would suppose i want two ?
    what is PFC

    Thx in advance

  3. AZ-Boog


    Apr 19, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona


    I run the 470Watt version. They don't make that one anymore, but this one has all the power, and then some, that you'll ever need.

    Here's a link to the manufacturers website.

    I did extensive research when I needed to upgrade my PS and this is the one that came out in front for me.

    Check out, on the manufacturers website, their line of "Modstream" PS's also. They allow you to customize your setup by only plugging in the power cables that you need, right to the PS itself.
  4. AZ-Boog


    Apr 19, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
  5. Guest

    Thx AZ

    I have seen that feature you mention regarding only pluging in the connections you need. That would make for a nice tidy, organized case, i will look at those links you provided.


    I was thinking a min of 400Watts but i will spend up to $100.
  6. Guest

    Again thx for the PSU primer link you posted! After reading it i looked at some of the other PSU i had and found them to be barely adequate. Looks like i have to buy another PSU to upgrade the other system i run.

    This is the one i got for my new gamer:

    I will have to buy another once my PC is finished so i can upgrade the other system. I had no idea how important the PSU was until i read that primer, a must read IMO.

  7. AZ-Boog


    Apr 19, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    Excellent PS you got there!

    I like their brand of "Modstream" PS's.

    If and when I upgrade from my OCZ 470W I am going to get one of those to ease the cable clutter in my case.
  8. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    I'm partial to Antecs, myself.

    This is the one I am running right now:


    480W TruePower