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[Gentoo] Search for a new PSU

I’ve narrowed my search down to four options, based on my high wattage and low noise requirements. I’m also looking for something pretty efficient so it doesn’t heat up the room as much and gives me a lower electric bill. The burned-out one in there is a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 400, which is apparently not enough watts for my system. I’m a little nervous about buying from PP&C again, but I put it on the list anyway. For reference, the one Corey and I tested with was a 430, as was the first PSU that burned out.

It seems that the 430-450 max range worked for a while, but wasn’t quite enough. Thanks to Mr_Bones_ for pointing me to silentpcreview.com.

W (peak) W (contin.) dB at peak Efficiency at peak (%) Price (Newegg) Price (Fry’s store) Price (Tom’s search) Price (Pricewatch)
Antec Phantom 500 500 37
(SPCR)
88 $177
(3 days)
$199 $161
(2 days)
$161 3-day, $167 2-day
Seasonic S12-600 600 40
(SPCR)
83-86 $167
(3 days)
$180
Enermax Noisetaker EG701AX-VE(W) 600 45
(SPCR)
79 $157
(3 days)
$160 $172
(2 days)
Same as Newegg
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 470 520 470 32
(PP&C)
74 $102
(PP&C,
2-day)
Same as PP&C
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Written by Donnie Berkholz

September 10, 2005 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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