By akaivan ยท 35 replies
May 22, 2006
  1. HEy guys i found this psu on newegg and it ahs good ratings, and look at the price.

    PSU 1

    and what about these?
    psu 2

    psu 3

    psu 3

    I need to uprade my old one, and im reallyy SO WHAT SHOULD, i go with
  2. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Booster Posts: 113

    Yo bro, dont know about those. Got a Force 500 watt PSU for about $110. It powers my ATI x1900xtx, P4 Prescott 3.06, 3 fans, 1 HD, 1 DVD\CD-RW. I'll suggest you save up bigtime and get a good PSW or you might end up FRYING your PC with a cheap one :hotouch: . Hope this helps. :)
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    None of them are "good" Will they work, sure. Will they work well, not garunteed.

    What is your budget, and what kind of power do you need?

    Try to calulate your power usage here. Here

    Good Luck


    BTW-HiPros are not too too bad, alot of OEM companies use em, and i have worked with them. But if you need a strong and stable current i would choose a different brand.
  4. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    My pc isnt nuthin special.
    2.4 ghz p4
    512 mb ram pc2700
    120 gig hd
    cd-r, dvd
    radeon 9200 se pic

    i have nuthing big or needs lots of power, watever i buy will be better that what i use now.(280 watt,cheapo brand)
    ANd i cant spend more that 30$ on a psu. thats why i found 1 for 20$ plus shipping. But that logysis has really good ratings...?
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Well i suppose that rig doesnt need power to support itself.

    This Hipro looks ok.

    It has the 20 and 24 pin support and a stronger 12v rail then the other 400watt hipro.

    12v rail isnt too strong but hey no PSUs in that price range look real strong. My question, why the upgrade? Did your old PSU fail?

    Hipros (as i mentioned in my first post) are decent OEM Psus.
  6. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    I'm not trying to be mean, but those are all garbage. there is no such thing as a good power supply for $20. you will just be replacing junk with junk.

    the power supply is arguably the most important component in your whole system, and it is not something to be cheap on.

    it's ok to set a budget, but $30 just isn't enough. go sell lemonade for a day and get some more money.. lol :haha: like ATK spade stated earlier... why the upgrade? if your old one still works, then wait a little longer to get some more money.

    here is a decent quality PSU for $36 if you can get $30, then there's no reason you cant get $36
  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    I think you're link invald KingCody.
  8. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I toatally agree Cody, but..

    HiPros are not crap.

    Open most dell/Hp/Gateway and what do you see, HiPro.

    They are pretty stable little units. Not high preformers, by any means. But i have never had a problem with em.

    And as crossfire said, your link is broken.
  9. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    Well my old psu is an old 245 watt HIPRO, Nuthing is wrong with it but its just to weak to support my new graphics card... And any other upgrades i want..
    Thanks for all of your help.
  10. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    Here are lists of good and bad power supplies:

    also atx format info
    atx format:

    What has been said is so true. You MUST have a good power supply, especially with expensive to replace vid cards that need more power.
    Also, good power supplies (ps) will save your pc parts when you get a low-power or power surge on your home power lines!! That is very often overlooked when talk is about ps! A cheap ps wont save your parts.

    Often newegg sells decent ps for, as stated above, around $36.
    "dont replace junk with junk" is a good statement. In your case, its dont replace a decent but underpowered unit with junk or another the same.
    Also, be careful of the overstated(lies) of some ps, they will look flashy and state things like 680 watts, and only $16, or $22, or whatever. These are junk and your current unit is better than them. Go for a decent one from the lists i gave you.
  11. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    well more than half of those links inside those other links are mostly old items. And newegg doesnt have them no more.
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,155   +458

    Yes, that's true. I looked them up myself earlier and saw they needed to update their links. Still, some of the links are still good and for those that aren't you can look elsewhere for some of them. Use the list as a general guide. If some models have been discontinued, check the newer models of those same manufacturers.
  13. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    well do you know wich is best for 36$?
  14. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    Heres a thermaltake for $25
    The total wattage is not the only thing to look at, by the way. But this unit is 430 watts.
    On this page you will find the thermaltake as noted above, plus another one for $38.99.

    on the same page you find a coolermaster for $33.99

    page 2 gives your a fortron for $36.99 and a sparkle for $29.99

    I did this quickly so you have to check the wattage. But i can tell you that the Enermax i have is 330 watts and i run a p4 2.4, 2 ide h drives, a dvd, dvd burner, about 8 usb external drives and i have had them all up and running at one time, a 32 mb ati vid card, 3 fans, one large fan, on and on.
    So you dont need so much wattage as you do brand name in a power supply, in my opinion.
  15. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    By the way, I have had my own thermaltake ps running nearly 24/7 for 5 years now, never a problem.
  16. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    In fairness, perhaps the hipro that you listed, number 4, might be ok for your rig as you dont have a lot in it.
    Still, i would go for one of the ones i pointed out, look at, i think it was the first one, on sale for $24.99, and its a Thermaltake, a respected name and a favorite for me. Especially when you are on a tight budget. Wow, $24!
    And it has sata and pci-E connector for possible future use.

    Best of luck to you whichever way you go, post here to let us know which one you chose.
  17. smh1971

    smh1971 TS Rookie

    I got the 400W hipro last week because I thought my thermaltake 420W psu was on its way out and needed a psu quickly. Fortunately things seem ok now with it after a complete reassemble of all the wires so now I have this hipro as an emergency backup. I do have a question as to why there is no -5V like my thermaltake has? Is this normal? I noticed the hipro 300 and 400W don't have it but the 250 and 350W do have it? I'm sorry if this is a dumb question but I don't know much about psu's.


    Edit: nevermind I just read up on the lack of -5V rail on the newer psu's.
  18. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 476

  19. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    oo the first one is my pic. 430 watts(great) its nice black color. And the cords are neat. bang 4 the buck.$. Ill tell you when i order. And how it went
  20. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,155   +458

    smh1971, many power supplies no longer support -5V because it's more or less obsolete. Most newer PCs and their peripherals no longer require it.
  21. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 476

    My TT 420 may have killed a mobo, I'm not sure. :confused: It's is dead, but the supply works, just not too solid on the voltages.
    Anyway I would stay away form TT PSUs.
  22. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    akaivan, excellent choice, and you are right, best bang for the buck and fairly newer style with the way its set up.
    Never mind any crazy stories, enermax are right up there in good quality ps's!
  23. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

  24. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 476

    That's gota be the internet's favorite bang for the buck PSU, I have this one. It works well, but it's way more than what you priced. The hold time is short too.
  25. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    dragon was right, that was the one i had linked to. it was on sale when i linked it, but that's over now, the sale priced PSU had a different product id number but it was the same model, which is why the link doesn't work anymore.

    and mirob, the one you have is only $10 more than the one linked above
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