Which $50 PSU should you buy?

Posted on Monday, Oct 08 2007 @ 03:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Looking for a new power supply but not willing to spend a lot of cash? If that's the case be sure to check out HardOCP's new $50 power supply roundup.

The roundup features the Antec Basiq 500W, Coolmax CR-450B 450W, Hiper Type-R 480W, MSI TurboStream 460W and SilverStone Strider 400W.
While the high end of any computer component market drives much of the press, the majority of users look at $300-500 power supplies like most people look at a Ferrari. They are pretty to look at, have amazing performance, get great press, but ultimately are not as practical or even accessible as a good Ford Focus or Honda Civic. Indeed it was time to shine the light on some of the products that really form the backbone of most DIYers budget and build range to see if companies more familiar to users for some of their high-end power supplies and other components are trading on name alone or are putting out products that really excel at a price point comfortable to most users. Some may question the choice to target strict low budget units like this but users come to this range of product for many reasons as they find themselves looking for components on a tight budget. Be this because they are building a budget system, or they need a drop in replacement for mom and pop’s system, or they have come up to the end of their build only to discover they have only $50 left and no power supply. Whatever the situation, we think that you should get a product that does exactly what it is advertised to do, and that is exactly what we want to find out.
Check it out over here. HardOCP says from these cheap PSUs the SilverStone Strider 400W and Antec Basiq 500W were the best performers - but even those two had some caveats. Anyone serious about gaming and overclocking is recommended to spend some more cash on a decent power supply.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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