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post #1 of 3 Old 08-05-2012, 10:12 PM - Thread Starter
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So, it looks like the PSU in my server died. I started getting random disk boot failure errors, and now it wont power on. Looking for a suggestion on a sub $100 PSU that will run an Athlon x2, plus 11 HDD and one optical drive. Want it to be highly efficient as my unit stays on all the time.
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Just saw this one on Newegg that looks pretty promising. I'd rather it have more than one rail, but the price is great. Any thoughts?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200&Tpk=17-182-200&nm_mc=EMC-GD080312&cm_mmc=EMC-GD080312-_-index-_-Item-_-17-182-200
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FWIW, I usually avoid the cheap PSUs and go for something modest, but a bit better in my client builds (and mine).
Corsair makes nice units, reasonably priced.

One item to note: the fan bearings.
This fan runs with the axis vertical, so ball-bearings are mandatory.
Sleeve bearings fail prematurely when run in the vertical axis.

Back in the Bad Old Days of bad capacitors, it was not uncommon to see the cheap PSU destroy motherboards.
Saving $20 isn't worth it.
There are a number of PSU dedicated testing sites you can Google to find.
These have comprehensive reviews, scope traces, etc, of a wide variety of supplies.

For media servers using standard video, the disk drive count determines the required power.
A 65w Sandy Bridge processor with embedded video is the least of your worries.
Since you are AMD, checking the power requirement is a prerequisite.
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