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Old 1st December, 2006, 07:26 PM
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Need suggestions on a GOOD affordable ~600W supply!

I bought an Antec Trio 650 for $99.95 on sale and just went to install it only to discover the main board connector requires a 24 pin header -- my Asus is 20 and I'm not about to change boards.

So I'm returning the 650 today, but that leaves me needing a supply (a good one that doesn't buzz and doesn't droop). I'm going to start hunting around on NewEgg and wherever, but if someone can recommend a decent quality supply for an o/c'd X2 with four drives (upgrading from an Antec SL400 -- 18A@12V), I'd appreciate it. Seems like much less than 550W isn't worthwhile and this is an AGP board (no SLI or crossfire).

Thanks for any help -- Trevor
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My first look was for a suitable Antec, but I'm seeing a LOT of bad feedback on Antec reliability on NewEgg. If they've basically bit the bullet these days, what brands now carry the reliability banner?

I'm not interested in LED's (prefer to avoid them), but I prefer 2 fans to suck the warm air from the processor at the top of the board.

Any inputs?

PS. Now looking at Thermaltake.
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Personally I would have picked up an adaptor - I am sure that they exist
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They do exist. If one wasn't included with the power supply (which is very rare--usually there'll be an adapter or the last 4 pins on the 24-pin connector will detach and allow for the old 20-pin + 4-pin auxilliary power connector configuration,) you should be able to pick one up for under $5 at any decent computer store.
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An adapter would have been fine. I think I have one or two around somewhere.

Look here to see some good supplies. Take some of the scores with a grain of salt. He really beats these things much harder than any would under normal use....
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Thanks for the input guys. Turns out the 24 pin connector does have a 4 pin section that can be separated.

Run into another possible issue though. The power connector doesn't provide -5V -- apparently Antec has discontinued that supply rail. That leaves me trying to find out if my Asus A8V Deluxe board requires the -5V or not. (I just sent an email to Asus support, but it'll probably be awhile before I hear anything -- especially as today is Friday.)

Further, it turns out I need to get a second supply. I was thinking the installed SL400 was actually a 480, hence my thinking in terms of the 650W as a good replacement. (I DO have an Antec TruPower 480, but it turns out to be in a different machine.) This means I still need to pick up a PSU on the order of 500 to 550 or so Watts.

I continue to be open to suggestions.

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Anyone know what the point is with the dual fan PSU's that have a fan fore and aft instead of the underside fan (for the CPU) plus the rear?

I like the idea of the large underside fan, but don't see an advantage in replacing it with a fan at the cable exit end of the supply.

Any explanations?
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hmm, 80 mm fans might be cheaper, thats one. Also, air flows better in a straght line over the heatsinks that at right angles. I actually have no idea, so these are just possible reasons.
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hmm, 80 mm fans might be cheaper, thats one. Also, air flows better in a straght line over the heatsinks that at right angles. I actually have no idea, so these are just possible reasons.
Perhaps they decided it's more important to pull air from the area of the drives than the cpu, though without ducting to the nose of the drives, it probably wouldn't help much.

Seems bizzare to me, unless modern CPU's are just supposed to run much cooler and not need the PSU underside fan. I guess the Venice and later AMD cpus do run cooler, as do the Intel Core Duo series. I noticed a lot less heat comes out the back since I replaced my 3400+ Newcastle with a 3800+ X2 Manchester.
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A review of the Antec TruePower 2.0 TPII-550 looked interesting (Xbit), though it also lacks the -5V supply.

Anybody have experience with this PSU and have any reactions to it?
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