PSU Advice

  Press Man 13:37 16 Dec 2008

Anyone know if this psu is good, bad or indifferent. Thanks in advance.
click here(38003)PC-PSU-Power-Cooling-Silencer-500W-EPS12V.aspx

  So Afraid 15:41 16 Dec 2008

You mean this one?

click here(38003)PC-PSU-Power-Cooling-Silencer-500W-EPS12V.aspx

  So Afraid 15:43 16 Dec 2008

Link again

click here

  Press Man 15:54 16 Dec 2008

So Afraid,

Yes the one at 39.99.

  skeletal 16:30 16 Dec 2008

I’m not familiar with the PSU you highlight, but my immediate thought is that it is too cheap. One man’s 500W PSU is another man’s 200W PSU!

Obviously depends on what you need it for, but I would have thought you need to spend about £60-80 for a well specced one.

There is a lot to PSUs and I suggest you read:

click here

It’s a bit old, but Google searches may find other tests.

Enermax is another well known name.


  Press Man 17:27 16 Dec 2008


OK I think I get what your saying. What about this one? click here(11879)ThermalTake-TR2-500W-Black-Silent-ATX-12V.aspx

  DieSse 19:26 16 Dec 2008

Thermaltake are an excellent PSU maker - I have one myself (an older model - not the one you are looking at.)

  Press Man 19:35 16 Dec 2008

OK, thanks guys, looks like i'll be getting the Thermaltake.

  skeletal 19:48 16 Dec 2008

I am reluctant to recommend anything I have not actually used. My post was more to point out that “you get what you pay for” and that power supplies are often bought without much thought “Any old 500W thing should do” sort of thing.

They are critical to the long term reliability of a PC, and in some ways could be thought of as more important than other things (perhaps an extreme view!).

However, as DieSse has suggested, Thermaltake are one of the “better” and more well known manufactures and out of the two, I would go for that one.

Another but! It is important that you understand exactly what your requirements are. If you are running a large system with multiple hard drives, CD writers and large graphics cards in SLI etc. you will need a much bigger supply (heading to 1 kW) than a small computer with no graphics card.

I suggest you try to Google several reviews on PSUs, or, of course, some others on this forum may post their individual likes and dislikes!


  Press Man 22:27 16 Dec 2008


This is what I was thinking of putting together.

Inno3D 8600GT 256MB 128bit DDR3 DVI PCI-E Graphics Card
Western Digital WD2500AAKS Caviar SE 250GB 7200RPM SATAII/300 16MB Cache
Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache
ASUS M3A78 PRO 780G Socket AM2+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz Socket AM2 1MB L2 (2x512KB)
OCZ 1GB DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5400 Memory Unbuffered CL5(5-5-5-15) 1.8V x 3

  GaT7 01:55 17 Dec 2008

I believe the manufacturer you linked to initially, PC Power & Cooling, make quality PSUs. Whilst T'take are a good PSU manufacturer, the one you've choosen is from their 'value' range (the TR2 gives this away)- a review didn't think too much of it click here.

With RAM quite inexpensive these days, consider 2Gb at the very least, & especially if using Vista as the OS.

Have you purchased the parts already? The 8600GT is OK, but for a possibly lower(?) cost you can have a better graphics card - a 8600GTS click here. G

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