need to upgrade t 2.0? help selecting styleish PSU

dinkster9

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Well, the last component of my system i need to get is a PSU. Thought this would be easy...lol. I'll be using a 865pe board with a few optical drives, hard drives, fans, older video card like r9700pro etc and a 2.6(C) p4 800mhz ht with hopes to overclock to over 3.0mhz. System will be at 100% usage alot of the time because i plan on playing games and dvd encoding.

I don't want to spend much over 75$ bucks for this thing and i figure i need at least 400W of good power. Secondly its got to be quiet or at least have a fan controller to make it quiet, thirdly i would like one which has LED's to liven up my case...(gots to look good!)

Can't seem to find all 3 things together. Lots have over 400w and are quiet, but lack any good looks. Or they have good looks but are loud. etc...

I can't afford the phantom fanless one...so its out.
Is there any real need to get a 2.0 standard one if it will never be taken out of my case which will be not be running any sata drives or pci express or anything...?

PSU's considered:

1. FSP400-60PNU-R 400w LED Fortron Source<A HREF="http://www.home2000.net/client/fspgroupusacom/proddetail.asp?linenumber=78" target="_new">http://www.home2000.net/client/fspgroupusacom/proddetail.asp?linenumber=78</A> which can be had for 60 bucks, is quiet and looks awesome, added bonus, fan controller!

2. ASPIRE Chameleon 3-in-1 Black 550W Aluminum Power Supply, 120mm LED Fan, Model "ATX-AS550W-BK" <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=17-148-012&DEPA=1" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=17-148-012&DEPA=1</A> looks awesome has everything high wattage, $80.

3. another aspire: Aspire Turbo Case 500W 12V Black Dual Fan Aluminum Power Supply, Model "ATX-AS500W BK12V" <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=17-148-001&DEPA=1" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=17-148-001&DEPA=1</A> $65 and looks awesome!

4. Rosewill 500W Black Aluminum Power Supply with 1 x 120mm UV Blue LED Fan & Fan Speed Adjuster, Model "RE501-BLK" <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-182-004&depa=1" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-182-004&depa=1</A> for $60 looks cool!

5. Thermaltake Black Silent PurePower POLO12 410W Power Supply for AMD and Intel ATX 12V with 120mm Case Fan, 3 in 1 Cooler, 2 adjustable manual fan speed control, Model "W0031" <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-016&depa=1" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-016&depa=1</A> cheap nice kit, looks good.

6. Thermaltake Silent PurePower 410W Power Supply Adjustable Fan Speed Series, blue LED light fan, Model "W0038RUD" <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-018&depa=1" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-018&depa=1</A> nice!

7. please suggest!!! based on my criteria :)

based on my system spects (and I exaggerated some...) <A HREF="http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/" target="_new">http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/</A> the minimum powersupply i need is ~350W PSU.

Thanks for looking and helping!

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You will be doing yourself a big favor by not worrying about the little mods on the PSU. Even $10.00 for one that has a pretty LED isnt worth it if you could buy a better quality PSU for the same money. The PSU is argueably the most important component in a system.

The Fortron Source is probably the best price/performance PSU. They are top notch. I looked on Newegg,com and they have a <A HREF="http://Fortron Blue Storm 500W ATX12V V2.0 Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready, Model "AX500-A" -RETAIL" target="_new">http://Fortron Blue Storm 500W ATX12V V2.0 Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready, Model "AX500-A" -RETAIL</A> for $89.00. I know this is more than what you want to spend but it is the newest version and has the split 12V Rails. Thats a total of 30AMPS for the 2 12Vrails. Out of the choices that you listed, I would stick with the Fortron.

To save us both time, assume I know EVERYTHING :tongue:
 

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I have the Fortron mentioned above and can attest to its worthiness.

The one I used before which is in your price range is this one:
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-474&depa=0" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-474&depa=0</A>

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Got this PSU with an eye towards future upgrades.

At this time I'm using a 20 pin mobo with the adapter included with the Fortron. With this setup I only get one 12 volt reading with MBM5.

3.3 is running at 3.34, The 5 is running at 5.00 and the 12 is at 11.61. I've seen the 5 dip down to 4.97 and jump to 5.03 when I activated 3 USB devices simulateously. (printer, external HDD, and external DVD-RW) The 12 volt will dip to 11.55 occasionally for very brief periods. The single 120mm fan is super quiet in my system.

I'm running
ASUS P4PE
2x512 PC2700 DDR RAM
Leadtek Ti4400 128Mb
Silicon Image 133 ATA PCI raid card (no drives in raid configuration)
1 floppy drive
3 x Optical drives
5 x HDDs
7 in 1 memory card reader
Fan controller
2 x external USB drives, one DVD-RW and one HDD

The Vantec I mentioned before is not dual 12 volt btw


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Stock P4 2.66

At the most I might have four drives working at once...don't think I've ever had all of them going at the same time.

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The 500W Fortron PSU w/ ATX 2.0 specification and two 12V rails is no longer in stock at newegg.com (as of 1/27/05 @ 8 AM CST). Fortunately, pricewatch.com lists a site that has it for $17 less than newegg and has free shipping.

Here's the <A HREF="http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=PS-FS500A&c=pw" target="_new">link.</A>

I just ordered one from there. I hope this is a reputable site.
 

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They have good ratings.<A HREF="http://www.resellerratings.com/seller5721.html" target="_new">http://www.resellerratings.com/seller5721.html</A>

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