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top 5 budget PSU

Guest_22

40 months ago

Hey guys, could you tell me what's your top 5 650/550/500W budget PSU?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points
  • EVGA 650 GQ
  • XFX TS 650 bronze
  • Corsair CX 650M (new version)

and 550 watt versions of the last two.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Budget Power supplies for $35-55. The Corsair CX is slightly better than the EVGA B1. The XFX XT is on par with either. Regularly, the Corsair CX and EVGA B1 series (500B, 600B) have a nice $10-20 rebate. Sometimes, XFX has a similar rebate. I'd buy any of these when they hit below $38. In regard to quality, jonnyguru rates the performance and build quality of these PSUs as 8.3/10 for the B1, 9/10 for the CX (excluding their CX 750, which is lame--even at its sale price), and an estimated 8.5 for the XFX XT.

You also have the Antec EA series, which is high quality but still their budget PSU. I don't recommend them because you're paying more for less continuous wattage. For example, their 450W model can limit your upgrade path, but it's not a big deal. More importantly, Antec's hardly go on sale, and at normal prices, there's almost always a better PSU.

Here are some power supplies for $60-65 which are a real good deal. The Rosewill Capstone G and the XFX TS are underrated.

Currently, prices on 'upper mid-level' power supplies are a bit high, so the 'budget' units are relatively better in value. The EVGA for $38 is a great offer, but $50 for a Corsair CX isn't. If the $60+ units were going for $10 less, I'd skip over the $38 500B.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. This is really helpful.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

A pleasure. Ask if ya got any more questions.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

and an estimated 8.5 for the XFX XT

Huh? There's no review for it on the site.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pulling that from his spreadsheet, hence 'estimated'.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply and evga 600b

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

huge difference between the two. the seasonic one is alot better.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither of which are bad though

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The 600b is fairly mediocre though. The only thing going for it is the usually cheap price.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Truly, people say cheap power supplies will destroy your build but that rarely happens... Normally only if the user is exceeding the power supplies max output.

So I for one am not too worried about it being mediocre =p

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

people say cheap power supplies will destroy your build but that rarely happens...

Pure crap like Diablotek, Cool Max, Logisys, and Solid Gear are all guaranteed to explode.

Normally only if the user is exceeding the power supplies max output.

And on crappy power supplies the 12v rail can only provide 1/3 of the rated power.


The 600b won't last long either. Sleeve bearing fan that will die in 2-3 years of normal use. Just about every capacitor in there is either a Teapo or Capxon. Plus, the main capacitor is only rated for 85C unlike the higher quality power supplies with 105C rated caps.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you define as "budget"?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

for example. Imagine your budget is around $550. Add a the best PSU you can find withing this budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H170M-ITX/DL Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $87.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $189.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case $42.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $510.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-02 18:56 EDT-0400
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cx550m is currently $36 after rebate

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