The maker of the PSU as well as how many watts are the two biggest factors when buying a PSU. If you read through a lot of the post in this forum, you'll find that many of the problems are PSU related, and that these problems are extremely hard to diagnose.
The main thing to consider when buying a new psu is it`s quality.
I`d personally recommend either Antec, or Enermax psu`s.
It doesn`t really matter about the 20, or 24 pin connector, as adapters for those are readily available, and might even come with the new psu.
Take a look at this excellent article on psu`s. The psu thread. It`s a real good read, and gives sound advice on what psu`s are worth buying, and which psu`s to avoid.
You might also want to use this handy psu wattage calculator HERE.
Just remember to add another 30% to whatever figure it gives you. This is because even a good quality psu will only achieve around the 70% efficiency mark, with a cheap psu not getting anywhere near that.
Lemme know what you guys think... Also, if any of you know of one that I should check out, that would be awesome...I really don't mind spending the money if it means that im going to have an awesome product...
Point me in the right direction guys, pick one out for me!!
If you were bulding a nice new computer, and you were going to pick one out for yourself...and you were willing to spend $160 to $170 bucks on one...which one would you buy??
Go on a shopping spree with my money and pick out your favorite product Thanks Howard!!
The first power supply looks good...but after reading all the reviews...A LOT of people said that this thing was exploding inside their cases!! More than one person said this, about 10 or 15....soooo, I'm wondering if you saw this, and just ignored it....or were unaware of all of the bad reviews?
Secondly, I like that second one...A liiiiittle expensive, but again, I might pay the money if I know that I'm getting something I can rely on...
Back to step one... Aside from the "firework abundant" psu...and the $200 one...
AND Aside from the Magnum one I told you about earlier (Due to size limitation of my case)....
NOW what would you reccommend?
"I like this particular model and all, has good voltage settings, quiet, plenty of connectors....but you gotta check your system amperage requirements! This this has only 19A on each 12V+ rail..I calculated my mobo and other 12V device draw, and I came pretty close to trouble. My take, It works for me, but it could be a hairy take for others. "
I dont understand all that Voltage mumbo jumbo? is this guy a tard...or is this a real problem..
It can get a little confusing, but to say it simply:
The parts of your computer don't all use the same type of power, so a power supply has to be able to distribute different types, as needed. Some power supplies are good at producing type X but not type Y for example.
In that quote you have above, he is saying that the 12v+ rail (one of the types of power the power supply gives out) is possibly not high enough for some heavy users.