Power Supply Questions


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Mike Azzopardi

Hi

Thanks for any info in advance to help me get a power supply.

1) Will a psu bought in the US work in the UK? (they seem a lot
cheaper)
2) I've looked on newegg.com and there seems a ton of branded power
supplies around the $60-70 mark. Assuming I can use one in the UK can
someone please suggest a good QUIET one. My PC is a P4 3.2Ghz Chip with
a 7600GT 256MB graphics card, 1Gig RAM, 2IDE drives etc. I think I need
one with a minimum 350W so anything above for that price would be
great. The quieter the better please.

Thanks again
Mike
 
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Dave

Mike Azzopardi said:
Hi

Thanks for any info in advance to help me get a power supply.

1) Will a psu bought in the US work in the UK? (they seem a lot
cheaper)

I think so. Most power supplies have a voltage selector, so . . . the only
thing that might prevent you from using it would be if the wall outlet
doesn't match the power cord. Check the pictures of the power cords
supplied to see if they match power cords you use over there. BUT: If you
buy the power supply in the U.S., it will be set at 110/115/120 (depending
on how it's labelled) by default. So DO NOT plug it in until you set the
voltage to 220/230, or whatever.
2) I've looked on newegg.com and there seems a ton of branded power
supplies around the $60-70 mark. Assuming I can use one in the UK can
someone please suggest a good QUIET one. My PC is a P4 3.2Ghz Chip with
a 7600GT 256MB graphics card, 1Gig RAM, 2IDE drives etc. I think I need
one with a minimum 350W so anything above for that price would be
great. The quieter the better please.

Thanks again
Mike

If you want quiet, you might have to up your price a bit. You could run OK
with a Seasonic S12-380, but I'd feel more comfortable suggesting something
in the ~450W range. The seasonic 380 would handle your rig fine though, as
it is very efficient.
http://www.axiontech.com/prdt.php?item=75462

The following is pretty quiet, and extremely high quality:
http://www.directron.com/enp5246g.html

A couple other good quiet ones:
http://www.provantage.com/antec-neo-he430~7ANTS02C.htm
http://www.atacom.com/program/print...RCH_ALL&Item_code=POWS_SPAR_40_09&USER_ID=www

( FSP400-60GLN )
 
B

Bob Fry

It should with the appropriate wall adapter; but before you buy check
the specifications and make sure the PSU accepts your voltage and Hz.

I just got a Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W from ZipZoomFly
(https://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=373100).
$115, more than your range, but very good quality.

Manufacturer: http://www.corsairmicro.com/corsair/HX_power_supply.html
Reviews:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article692-page1.html
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/371/1/
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=279

BTW, http://www.silentpcreview.com or http://www.endpcnoise.com will
have recommendations for a range of PSUs in all price ranges.
 
R

Rod Speed

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Rod Speed

Mike Azzopardi said:
Thanks for all the replies guys. I checked out the links and noticed
that most of the newer psus have a 24 pin connector
(http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/17-151-022-12.jpg)
while my motherboard
(http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/lc/d865GLC_lg.jpg), has only 20
pins. How can I get around this?

Quite a few power supplys with 24 pin connectors allow you to snap off the extra 4 pins.

And quite a few motherboard with 20 pin connectors can have
the 24 pin plug plugged in with the extra 4 pins not in use. Thats
not as desirable, it may cause confusion later etc.
 
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Dave

Mike Azzopardi said:
Thanks for all the replies guys. I checked out the links and noticed
that most of the newer psus have a 24 pin connector
(http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/17-151-022-12.jpg)
while my motherboard
(http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/lc/d865GLC_lg.jpg), has only 20
pins. How can I get around this?

Happy new year!

Look closer at the image you just posted. Most newer power supplies have a
modular connector for the mainboard. The extra 4 pins just slide off of the
20-pin cable, if your mainboard only has a 20-pin connector on it. -Dave
 
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spodosaurus

Dave said:
Look closer at the image you just posted. Most newer power supplies have a
modular connector for the mainboard. The extra 4 pins just slide off of the
20-pin cable, if your mainboard only has a 20-pin connector on it. -Dave

I've done this with two older (relatively) mainboards now using two
newer Antec PSUs. No issues.

Ari

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