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Old 26-05-2013, 13:12
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I'm looking for a quiet branded psu.

Only need about 400w. Only have 30.

Open to any recommendations. Top priority is noise level.
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Old 26-05-2013, 13:56
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I doubt at that price you'll find anything quiet unless you fancy opening up the PSU and perhaps fitting a quieter fan yourself or you're lucky enough to find one 2nd hand
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Old 26-05-2013, 14:29
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Best I can find so far is an XFX 450w ProSeries Bronze Core.

It's coming in at 32 with a discount code at Maplin, or about 33 from Dabs with there bank holiday 10% off deal.

I think the XFX's are made by Seasonic. I will go for one of these if I don't find something better by tonight.
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Old 26-05-2013, 15:52
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Dabs have a 10% off offer on PSU at the moment.
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Old 26-05-2013, 16:48
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Reliable PSUs cost, especially if you want it quiet as well!
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Old 26-05-2013, 16:53
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32 is costly enough for me.

The XFX one mentioned comes with a 5 year warranty.

As long as it doesn't scream at me like the oem psu s I've had then I can live with that.
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Old 26-05-2013, 17:52
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A little bit more expensive but a good make.
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Old 26-05-2013, 18:01
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A little bit more expensive but a good make.
I like Corsair products too. My current PSU is a Corsair HX 520 which I've had 6 years.

You have to look beneath the branding though.

For example, the one you link to Corsair get CW to manufacturer their CX models.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...er,2913-5.html

XFX are actually rebranded Seasonic made.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...r,2913-10.html

Seasonic have one of the best reputations for PSUs. The XFX comes with a 5 year warranty. The Corsair , 3 years.

If I had to pick between the two I think I'd go for the XFX.

Seasonic made the Corsair HX 520 I have.
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Old 26-05-2013, 19:13
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Corsair are a good brand.

So are Seasonic, So if its true that XFX are rebranded seasonics......
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Old 26-05-2013, 20:06
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You have to look beneath the branding though.

For example, the one you link to Corsair get CW to manufacturer their CX models.
Interesting and My Corsair is made by Seasonic as well (CMPSU-400CX).
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Old 26-05-2013, 20:48
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You have to look beneath the branding though.
I've only just read that.

Sorry but thats bollocks. The quality of the product is because of who makes it. Why even bother asking for advice if your just going to ignore it?
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Old 26-05-2013, 21:28
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I've only just read that.

Sorry but thats bollocks. The quality of the product is because of who makes it. Why even bother asking for advice if your just going to ignore it?
If you read the thread you'd see that was my entire point lol.

Lion8Tiger said "A little bit more expensive but a good make" and provided a link to a Corsair CX 430.

I am not disputing the quality of some Corsair products. What I said was Corsair themselves don't actually manufacture that particular model. The CX series is outsourced to Channel Well.

Try not to get your knickers in a twist though buddy since you're actually agreeing with what I said
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Old 26-05-2013, 22:40
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Reliable PSUs cost, especially if you want it quiet as well!
Not to mention that "quiet" is a very subjective term.

I have a BeQuiet PSU and unless I put my ear against it I can't hear it at all. Not sure if you could pick one of these up for 30 though. In the past I have had so-called "silent" PSUs that have been nowhere near as good.
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Old 26-05-2013, 22:56
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Not to mention that "quiet" is a very subjective term.

I have a BeQuiet PSU and unless I put my ear against it I can't hear it at all. Not sure if you could pick one of these up for 30 though. In the past I have had so-called "silent" PSUs that have been nowhere near as good.
Thanks, they will be out of my budget for what I have in mind.

I agree 'quiet' is subjective though I had to try describe what I needed somehow.

I've also noticed they can use the word 'silent' in marketing as I've seen a few power supplies that claim to be silent. I purchased one and it was the loudest psu I own.

For my purposes I can define 'quiet' to be one where the fan speed is regulated by temperature. They tend to be very quiet under normal loads.
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Old 27-05-2013, 06:04
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I use OCZ PSUs in both my machines and not had a problem with reliability, cant say if you would find them quiet or not they are not silent but I don't think they are noisy either. They start at 32. It says it regulates for temprature but mine dont. Probably me not installing them right though lol!

http://www.dabs.com/category/compone...ts/11259-50121
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Old 27-05-2013, 10:25
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Do not cut costs with the PSU. It is the one component which you should spend a little extra.
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Old 27-05-2013, 11:14
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Yes OP listen to the advice you should not skimp on a PSU be willing to spend 50+ on a Corsair or another good brand.
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Old 27-05-2013, 11:29
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Thanks everyone for the advice. It's appreciated. I have decided to up the budget a little, given the advice to spend a bit more.

40 is about all I can raise at the moment.
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Old 27-05-2013, 12:14
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Thanks everyone for the advice. It's appreciated. I have decided to up the budget a little, given the advice to spend a bit more.

40 is about all I can raise at the moment.
Found this

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Corsair-50...item4ac5071882

40 for a used CX500 in perfect working order, I'd say grab it.
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Old 27-05-2013, 12:55
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Found this

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Corsair-50...item4ac5071882

40 for a used CX500 in perfect working order, I'd say grab it.
Cheers, have added it to my watch list
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Old 28-05-2013, 00:12
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Yes OP listen to the advice you should not skimp on a PSU be willing to spend 50+ on a Corsair or another good brand.
Agree with that. i used to years ago when we had 233 and 500Mhz chips, even with 1Ghz, but not these day I would not.


Coolermasters are pretty good, not got one myself, but built a computer a couple of years back for someone and I got a coolermaster case and PSU for it. Pretty quiet as well

have a look at this one

Apart from that i can only go with what other people have said, Corsair. I got a Thermaltake myself, but they are not cheap.
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Old 28-05-2013, 01:26
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You can get a 500w on ebay for well under 30, I've used a few generic PSU's in PC builds without issue or noise.
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Old 28-05-2013, 08:39
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You can get a 500w on ebay for well under 30, I've used a few generic PSU's in PC builds without issue or noise.
Not sure if I would trust them to be honest. i built a machine to a budget for a friend a around three years back and got a CIT PSU, about 12 months after it went pop, thankfully the computer is fine apart from the power LED is not working, i will get another one when I go down past Maplin
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Old 28-05-2013, 10:17
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Thanks everyone.

I missed out on another Corsair HX 520 off eBay. It went for 33.50. I bowed out at that stage as I figured I could get something new at or near that price.

I've got a few more on the watch list so I'll see how things go.

I still have a CIT PSU. I used it for 20 minutes before replacing it. They are one of the companies that use the word 'silent' in some of their marketing. In reality it is the noisiest PSU I have ever owned. The fan seemed to one fixed speed.

For that build I ended up with an Antec Earthwatts 380 which was on sale for 30 at PC World at the time. The 380 has a small fan compared to most as most psus come with 120mm+ fans these days but its really quiet considering.
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Old 28-05-2013, 17:17
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Try here http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-...unit-300w-530w

Zalman 450w quiet fan for 31.74
Coolermaster 500w quiet fan for 32.38
Enermax 350w quiet fan for 32.82

+ others
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