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I'll Handle it

Budget 500w PSU suggestions please ?

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So I picked up a GTX 260 on eBay for £14. I have a quad core AMD doing nothing much, so I thought I'd try out some 10 year old gaming.

 

Trouble is I don't have a PSU to power the 260. The suggested wattage is 500.

I have a spare Corsair 450w with the required 2x6 pin pci -e but I'm not convinced this would be adequate.

I can't justify paying out too much to power this old beast, so does a good cheap 500w PSU exist ?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Thanks - I installed the GTX260 on a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 running a A8 6600K & 8GB DDR3 RAM with the Corsair 450w. Seems okay but I haven't stress tested the setup yet. Used this case

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Black-Matx-Gaming-Stripe/dp/B01BLI50Z4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1511737677&sr=8-5&keywords=micro+atx+pc+case


Total cost about £130

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7 hours ago, I'll Handle it said:

Thanks - I installed the GTX260 on a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 running a A8 6600K & 8GB DDR3 RAM with the Corsair 450w. Seems okay but I haven't stress tested the setup yet. Used this case

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-Black-Matx-Gaming-Stripe/dp/B01BLI50Z4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1511737677&sr=8-5&keywords=micro+atx+pc+case


Total cost about £130

When pushing it is obviously the time that you will find if there is not enough power headroom in the supply to drive the card at highest frame rate etc, being a decent power supply it should fall over gracefully without causing damage but if performing adequately maybe not worth pushing it to see what it can do for the sake of it.  

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Thanks - I am a little sceptical on how these PSU's are rated. Surely, there must be someone who can create a reasonably good PSU at a reasonable price ? But ultimately there's no point in buying a shite psu if you've spent a fortune on components. 

 

Here's an interesting You Tuber reviewing the GTX260
 

 

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The Corsair 450 will be fine as it is a quality product and will be more efficient as others have stated.

For £90 this Corsair 500 popped up on hotukdeals earlier today.

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/corsair-tx850m-850w-psu-for-8999-ccl-online-2842735

But Scan are selling a refurbished Corsair 550 for £27:

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/corsair-tx850m-850w-psu-for-8999-ccl-online-2842735

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19 minutes ago, I'll Handle it said:

Thanks - I am a little sceptical on how these PSU's are rated. Surely, there must be someone who can create a reasonably good PSU at a reasonable price ?

 

I think quite the opposite.  I find it amazing that people can make quite reasonable power supplies at the price they do.

30 years ago it would have cost about £1000 (today's money) to buy a 500w properly-stabilised power supply with 3.3v, 5v and +/-12v rails. 

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On 11/27/2017 at 22:06, dgul said:

I think quite the opposite.  I find it amazing that people can make quite reasonable power supplies at the price they do.

30 years ago it would have cost about £1000 (today's money) to buy a 500w properly-stabilised power supply with 3.3v, 5v and +/-12v rails. 

True. 

I'm also happy that one can buy this chip for £8

Update (01/08): Intel has now confirmed that initial pricing for the Core 2 Quad Q6600 will be $851 in 1,000 quantities. This means they will be keeping their original pricing strategy that sets the Q6600 just below the QX6800, making for a less impressive introduction.

In the end I purchased this.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TE4XSMA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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