Question by nonbasic03: What is the best power supply brand?
I’m look to put a new graphics card into my rig, but will necessitate to upgrade the power supply. I’m currently running a 250 W Bestec, so will need something in the range of 350 to 400 W to power a Core2Quad Q8300, 8 GB DDR3, and a Geforce GTS 250 (or similar budget DX10 card).I am restricting to buying from Tiger Direct at this time, so am looking for something they stock. The power supply manufacturer should be immune to bad caps and the unit should be long lasting without a huge spark-filled explosion when a new upgrade goes in at the end of its life. What brands fit the bill?Thanks.eXtreme PSU Calculator gives me a recommended wattage of 316 W for Q8300, 4 sticks DDR3, 1 single GTS 250, 1 regular SATA HDD, 1 DVD-RW, and 1 80mm intensifying all running on 100% load. That’s where I get the 350-400 idea from. Definitely unbarring to considering a higher wattage if needed though.No happening of adding a second video card as I only have a mATX board with one PCI-E x16 slot. The rest are PCI-E x1. I’m more an office user and don’t do much by the way of gaming (freeware and older titles on sale), so I basically want to upgrade from onboard graphics now and ride out one card for the rest of the system’s life. My Dell Dimension 8200 (P4, 512 MB RDRAM, 60 GB IDE HDD, 256 MB AGP Radeon 9600) had an useful eight year existence. I’d like to see the same sort of life expectancy for this system.
Answer by another_displaced_news_junkie
Right now it’s Corsair, most everyone is in love with them. Antec is alright. Some of these hardware reviewers have fallen in love with the NZXT Hale series, but the NZXT is unproven in terms of quality.Seasonic makes their own power supplies but they also make some of the power supplies for the companies mentioned above.I own 2 Corsair power supplies and one Antec.You’re definately going to have someone tell you that you’re going to need a bigger power supply.I ran a Core 2 Duo e8400, 790i mobo, 8gb DDR3, 1 HDD,GTX 285, and 4 fans with a 500w Antec Earthwatts power supply. A couple of those power supply calculators said 500w wasn’t enough juice for that system.
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