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Power Source for cheap non-OCed comp

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Ultra Josh

Jan 24, 2002
New York
I'm making a cheap, yet hopefully, well built computer for my parents office.

So far the case will have three 80mm fans, 92mm heat sink fan, floppy drive, CD drive, at least two HDD. I think that's pretty much it since the MoBo is a NF7-m, so sound and video are onboard.

I remember reading that sparkle is decent, so how does this sound?

Sparkle 350W ATX 12V P4/AMD Athlon XP Ready Power Supply, Model "FSP350-60PN" -OEM

Type: ATX
Maximum Power: 350W
Power Good Signal: 100-500ms
Hold-up Time: 17ms min.
Efficiency: 65% min.
Over Voltage Protection: Not specified
Overload Protection: Not specified
Input Voltage: 95~132/190~264V AC, Manual-select
Input Frequency Range: 47-63Hz
Input Current: 10A/5A
Output: [email protected]/28A,[email protected]/25.5A,[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
MTBF: 100K hours at 25ºC
Approvals: UL 1950, CSA C22.2 Level 3, IEC 950, TUV 60950, NEMKO (CB Report)

Is this brand too cheap? Price isn't really an issue, what I really need is something that isn't overpowered for what it is needed for and that will last for years of what might be near non-stop use.

Oklahoma Wolf

Senior Warranty Validity Sealed Stick Remover
Mar 18, 2003
That one will do the job nicely... the Fortron/Sparkle 300w should do fine as well, whichever is cheaper.

Top Hat Theater

Jul 24, 2002
Lost in Thought
Fortron and Sparkle are basically the same and the units are underrated from a power perspective; they deliver a lot more than their stickers advertise so they're a great buy. You'll be fine with the PSU you've chosen.



Jun 26, 2003
definitely get the sparkle 350w, it also has a good +12v for its wattage, that psu will run just about any computer, up to the most high-tech new ones, but anways, fortron psu's are very high quality and delivers more wattage than they claim, like ur model, the 350w peaks out at 454w so power in the computer will definitely NOT be a problem


The Mad Smelter
Aug 26, 2003
Maryland, USA
If you need a cheap, sturdy, and stable PSU I would strongly
recommend the 300w Fortron fsp300-60atv.

** fsp300-60atv = $30 delivered from NewEgg **

Right now I have two 300w Fortrons and I would definitely
suggest the fsp300-60atv with the 80mm
back fan over the unit with the 120mm bottom fan.

That 120mm bottom fan seemed like a good idea at
first. But I soon discovered that most of the air was getting
trapped inside the unit making it more noisy, and hurting
it's cooling capabilities.

Best of luck with whatever you choose. :)