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post #91 of 120 Old 06-21-2013, 08:09 AM
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I'd just get a PSU with 24 pins for future proofing.

Agreed. It may work, it may not. Why risk it?

I mean it might cost $5 or $10 but isn't it worth it. Most quality mobos have 24 pin slots these days.

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I ended up getting this for free after rebate.
hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply
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I willl be interested to hear how loud it is. who makes it OEM?

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No idea. The fact that it was free and had 77% 4 or 5 star reviews out of over 600 was enough to convince me.
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I willl be interested to hear how loud it is. who makes it OEM?
I'm having a hell of a time with these PSUs. The replacement came today, and it is not loud, but it is not silent either like the one that I was borrowing out of an emachines computer (Delta Electronics DPS-250AB-22 E). Is there ANY PSU out there that I can guarantee will be silent out of the box? I can only hear the Delta if I put my ear right up to the fan (120mm). This HEC has 2 80mm fans, one at the front and back. I can hear it plain as day from the couch. Does the Corsair CX430 with its single 120mm fan fit this bill? Is a 120mm fan required for silent operation? It's so hard going by the Newegg reviews. Some people say certain models are silent, others say they are noisy. It seems different people have a different threshold for what they consider "noisy". I just want a quiet PSU that will run a low power system. I'm tired of buying and returning things.

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Does the Corsair CX430 with its single 120mm fan fit this bill? Is a 120mm fan required for silent operation?

I can attest that the CX430 is very quiet, and I would say inaudible IMO, as I use this PSU in my HTPC in my living room.

Generally speaking, the larger the fan, the lower the fan speed, the lesser the noise (of course there are some exceptions).

Outside of a fanless PSU, the quietest PSU's are going to contain a 120mm or 135mm fan. For the price/performance (IMHO), I don't think you can get better than the CX430.

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I almost bought the CX430, until I was enticed by this 1 day sale of free after rebate. The CX430 was $19.99 after rebate. Now they bumped the price up to $24.99. This was the PSU I was looking at all along, just waiting for the price to drop. I still don't understand how some of the reviews say it is louder than they had hoped. Bad fan maybe? If it's anything like the 120mm fan that is in the Delta, I can't hear it at all from more than a few inches away. The dual 80mm fans on the HEC are a real disappointment.
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Whenever you have moving parts, there is going to be noise. Noise can be amplified by a variety of factors, especially the quality of the case, and the mounting mechanism.

If possible, try to mount the PSU "centered" in the mounting bracket, careful not to touch the PSU to other components (case, fans, wires, etc.).

I've used the CX430 in three different builds, and checked the voltages on each one. I've noticed that the 3.5v is was little low (3.2 ~ 3.4v), but within tolerance (+/- 5%).

I fully recommend that PSU for budget builds and replacements.

Check the review here: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=214

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I just scanned the Johnny Guru review, and it's a bit dated. Currently CX430's are v2.3 and 80+ Bronze. I don't think they are still carrying Yate Loon fans inside, but still quiet.

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I was just surprised at how quiet the OEM PSU fan on the emachines was. I thought this was only something the more higher branded models could achieve.
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SFF psu's with tiny fans are seldom quiet. I'll second that the popular cx430 is near silent at most loads, certainly it what you'd see in a HTPC at 10'. Great unit for the price.
The SS x560 in my gaming rig doesn't even spin up at all under most loads.
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I use a $29 Antec Neo 400watt and it's very silent in my HTPC. They go on sale often and it's OEM by Seasonic so that's a good option for someone who wants the next step up from a budget Corsair.


If your looking under $20- the 430watt versions of the Corsair and Coolermaster Elite are hard to beat.

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The price went back down to $19.99 AR on the CX430 so I bought it. Haven't decided whether I'm going to return the HEC or not since it's free (if the rebate goes through).

I hope this is the last PSU purchase I need to make for awhile, lol.
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The Coolmaster 460 is also $19.99 AR. I made the right choice by going with the Corsair since it's 80 plus bronze certified and the Coolmaster is not?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171046
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It would not matter much for budget builds- the ratings don't mean much in the real world. But Corsair is a good name and you should be happy with that PSU. Many people use it, and it gets good reviews.

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Another option to consider is take apart the PSU and disconnect the PSU fan and mount an external fan to the case. It is ugly but nowhere as ugly as a full size PSU placed next to a slimline.
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You can't get shocked too bad. Even a screw driver in electric outlet isn't likely to kill you (I've done it lol )

I've never bothered discharging. I just unplug it and go. Almost every time I end up tossing the PSU out though. Given the price buying a new one is just easier.

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Yup, you won't die. Just it's not a pleasant experience. smile.gif
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I willl be interested to hear how loud it is. who makes it OEM?

HEC Group makes HEC psus I believe. They're not rebadged.
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HEC = COMPUCASE, that manufactures PC cases and PSU of its own. (I built a couple of systems using them.)
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HEC Group makes HEC psus I believe. They're not rebadged.


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Where you been man ?

Been around, been busy. Haven't cracked open a box on a computer in probably six months. I go away for a little while and Intel comes out with a whole new cpu family. Can't keep up.

Did I miss anything? Has anyone solved all of our problems or created the perfect HTPC?

I was desperate to find out whether the new Colossus drivers are good or bad, but I can't get an answer.
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Well my Z87 Haswell build only misses a frame every 11 days or so... So that's a start.

But I still put in a GPU because it won't do 0-255 over HDMI mad.gif

I am still using the 3570k in the HTPC

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182169

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StinDawg,

How did you make out ?

Did you take the easy way out with a 350watt seasonic ? Or did you fan mod ?

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I haven't done anything yet. I've still got another week or so left on the return policy.
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ECS KBN-I/5200 (V1.0) motherboard with quad core CPU and AMD Radeon 8400 graphics. here's the links.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1497&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=106&LanID=0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135363

somebody already built an HTPC with this? please post your build here. thank you.

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