Budget quiet PSU's?

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  1. tjradiohead

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    Hey, this is my first post in this particular forum.

    Im thinking of transforming my PC into something that might be called a HTPC, but the fist thing i feel that i must change, is the loud helicopter noise that comes from the back of the case...

    It turns out that the PSU that i bought that was advertised as "quiet" is actually far from it, can any reccomend some truly quiet ones? As budget minded as possible please? :hiya:
     
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    TAGAN's PSU's are very quiet...barely audible....

    Tagan U22

    No they do not come cheap...around 55-75 quid....but they are verly reliable..
     
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    you should be able to pick up a QTechnology (NOT Q-Tec!!) 400W PSU (120mm fan) for around £60 delivered.... these are very quiet...my hard drives made more noise..

    If you've got another £15, you can get the PAPST fan version of the same PSU...which are literally silent, to my ears at least..
     
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    I've just picked up (and not even tried yet!) a hiper-r 350W PSU from rlsupplies. I initially saw it on the xcase website, their details list it as "whisper quiet" so i thought i'd pick one up from rl while i was in there (£15+vat). Its for my dad's office PC so doesn't actually _need_ to be silent but worth a punt to reduce general noise. Suspect it won't be as quiet as the tagan or qtechnology (note rl sell qtec) ... price v performance ! :)
     
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    I can vouch for these. Very good quailty low noise PSU.
    For the ultimate PSU You can beat the Elan Vital Greenerger. 0dB 99% of the time. Not cheap though.
     
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    I got a nexus coz the Tagan doesn't fit in my Accent case - turns out ot be even quieter - £45 from Kustom PCs
     
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    When it comes to a psu you should spend the extra money as it's well worth it (in my opinion) I have a tagan 480 and it is very very quiet indeed. A lot of site/mags have been running tests on "budget" power supplies and found they just don't cut the mustard.

    Obviously your choice, hope this might help... a little .... maybe :)
     
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    I recently changed my PSU from a Fortron Source FSP300-60PN to a Elan Vital 400w Greenerger, mainly due to what I thought were noise issues. I thought the Elan would be a bit quieter.

    Wrong. The Fortron is very quiet, as I found out, and the 12v rail is rated at 18 amps. Sure you can use the Greenerger function, to switch off the fan and have it come on when needed, but I like to keep it on low to aid cooling a tiny bit.

    I use the Fortron an a test MCE rig and it works very well, and considering it only cost £25 from Komplett, I'll be hanging on to it for a while as it has a nice blue 120mm adjustable fan, SATA connections and is a nice shade of satin black..

    I also have a Tagan 480w in another machine, which is quiet, but not silent and a Superflower 520w in my main machine, which again is not silent, but quiet enough to use every day.

    The Elan Vital is by far the best of the bunch, but it did cost nearly £100!

    You do get what you pay for, but I can thoroughly recommend the Fortron.

    D.

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=308620&view=detailed

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    What you need is a shiny new LC17 and you won't need to run the Elan fan at all given that the PSU mounts so that cold air is drawn from the outside of the case
     
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    Funny that, I just ordered one of those last night!

    I will have a modded LC13 for sale very soon........

    D.
     
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    Yeah, funny that. ;)
     
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    Ive got a hiper 350w and its silent, paid £15inc for it a few weeks ago. Very silent if not silent!
     
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    If 350W will do, then this is a great deal: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NEX-PSUS35

    I run it with my Athlon 64, DVD-burner, couple of hard drives, ATI 9700 Pro and Nebula card without any problems.

    Very quiet with a nice 120mm fan which helps extract hot air from the case as well.......

    /BJ
     
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    I am buying the Power and Cooling 1000 Watt Psu soon - it's the Uber of Uberest.
     
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    FSP Zen.......no fan = no noise! About £70.
     
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    Cheapest solution is to just swap the fan of your existing supply with a quieter, slower running one.
     
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    :eek:

    Personally, I wouldn't advise that; especially on cheaper less efficiet PSU's. If the PSU isn't being kept cool enough it will go bang and is a potential fire hazzard.
    Yes, by all means replace CPU and case fans at least you can monitor the temps of these items, but don't mess around with the PSU unless you want to make this years Darwin awards
     
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    Yep, go for a decent PSU in the first place. Fanless ones have to be more efficient, due to them not having a fan, so need to produce less heat.
     

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