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tytlyf
03-26-05, 12:37 AM
My psu i have now came with the case i bought. Pretty cheap 430w. I am going to upgrade my psu to be on the safe side. Here are my choices.

Antec SL400 400w-----$64.95
Antec Smartpower350 350w-----$59.99
Antec TruePower330 330w-----$69.99

From the information I gathered, the Truepower line is better than the smartpower or the SL. My question is this, is it worth paying more money for less power? Even though that power may be more reliable. I know Antec is a great company, should i save $5 and go for 400w, or spend it and get a 330 that might be better quality? thx for the feedback everyone.

JudgeDredd
03-26-05, 12:46 AM
I'd go for the TP. 22A on the 12V line versus 18A on the SL400.

mcoleg
03-26-05, 12:54 AM
true power is the best on the list... but, have you considered other options, like the new fortron blue storm for example? tp330 is a good psu but it won't be enough for your system at what you are running it at.

Prot
03-26-05, 07:45 AM
The TruePower series is the better line that Antec makes. I personally have the SL400. I don't have any trouble with it and I find it to be very quiet. Depending on your finances, maybe you could spring for a TruePower 430.

Electron Chaser
03-26-05, 08:08 AM
Does it have to be Antec? If it does, get the Trupower if it doesn't, have you looked at a nice Fortron lately.

Enablingwolf
03-26-05, 08:25 AM
Don't get me wrong, the Antec TP is a great unit....
There is a wealth of really nice brands out there ready to be purchased. They will top the models you are considering. If you are ready to think outside of what the review pages are recommending.
Fortron is a fine pick. It is a staple on this forum for an obvious reason. Even the lower wattage units(300 watts) can put out some nice numbers. It may be even cheaper than the Antec TP unit.

Disclamer: This post is not meant to be sarcastic, just informative. :D

cornbread
03-26-05, 10:03 AM
You have a 425w in your sig, why would you want to go down in wattage? Also, like the others suggested, if your willing to get something other than the Antec, I would also suggest a Fortron.

Sneaky
03-26-05, 10:32 AM
because the 425w came with his case, and that basically says that its a POS


but check out the fortrom 400w: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-104-935&depa=0

tytlyf
03-26-05, 11:39 AM
well, some of the local stores in my area where i do my purchases (best buy, frys, circuit city, etc..) only have no-name brands except for the antec. I did find an Enermax 370 noisetaker for 69.99 at pcclub, and from what I'm hearing thats a great unit. But the store is on backorder or in limited supply. I think i might go with the enermax. I might even break down and go to newegg.com. I think that is the best bet with alot of options. I just hate the fact of buying something online, its conveninent, but if i have a problem, I can't get in my car with my receipt and show up at their front door. I'll check out newegg.

cornbread
03-26-05, 12:11 PM
I just hate the fact of buying something online, its conveninent, but if i have a problem, I can't get in my car with my receipt and show up at their front door. I'll check out newegg.

Newegg is one of the best if not the best when it comes to returns, so don't worry about that. :)

tytlyf
03-26-05, 12:26 PM
So I have checked out newegg.com and directron.com. Both have great prices. I might pick up the Antec True430 for $75 at newegg. Directron has it for like $68. I've never ordered a psu online, how will I know if it is the correct size for my case?
check this out, free shipping. http://www.directron.com/eg475p.html

or fortron http://www.directron.com/fsp40060thnr.html

Redstone
03-26-05, 05:18 PM
[QUOTE=tytlyf] I've never ordered a psu online, how will I know if it is the correct size for my case?
check this out, free shipping. [QUOTE]

Unless you're buying a specialized monster PSU like a 600+ watt unit or have a really odd case, both of those will fit. PSU's mostly come in a universal size.

tytlyf
03-26-05, 07:35 PM
what do you think about both those psu's. The enermax for $83 free shipping. Or the fortron for $56 ( i think this is an excellent buy, newegg has it for like $75)

Redstone
03-26-05, 10:33 PM
Personally I would go with the Fortron or the Antec from a cost standpoint. My antec lasted three years. I just replaced it with the newer model that has more amps on the +12 volt line.
Both would more than enough for your system.