Quiet PSU

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  1. jaydee999

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    Can anyone recommend a really quiet standard ATX modular PSU for a living room HTPC? It needs to power 1x SATA HDD, 1x SATA DVD, 1x PCI Tuner Card, 1x PCI video capture card, 1x PCI-E 7600GS graphics card, USB wireless network adapter and wireless k/b and mouse. Plus the occasional data transfer from sticks and cards in the built-in card reader and firewire, .
    I don't want fanless, but I can pretty much exclude them anyway by setting a budget up to £70. ;) . But I do want as silent as possible. I don't want to be able to hear it when sat watching TV or DVD / surfing the net 8 feet away. It will not be used for gaming.

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    Not tried it, but I've heard alot of good reviews for Seasonic S12-600W (I think that is the model), or the latest one with better efficiency or something. I believe it is also modular for connectivity.

    It might be out of your budget. They also do a smaller 400ish W model I think...
     
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    I'd also suggest Seasonic - the SS-430HB will be more than capable and within budget.

    Phil
     
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    :oops: I forgot to mention that I want it to be totally "quiet" on the colour front as well.:) So I have to discount the Zalman, and any other LED-ridden beauties.

    I'm a regular Scan website "scanner", so I've seen the NorthQ range before, but not seen any reviews from people who have used them.
     
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    I have the Seasonic S12-650 and I can say that it's fairly quiet but not as quiet as my previous PSU, a Seasonic S12-500. For the modular Seasonic PSU's you want to look at the M12-500/M12-600. The 430W Seasonic, mentioned earlier, should be enough for a HTPC as long as you're not running a powerful Graphics Card or a lot of expansion cards.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. Sorry about my silence over the weekend, but I spent it actually building the HTPC with an existing PSU. I'd like to say it was easy, but I'd be lying. Still, it's up and running while I choose a better PSU.
     
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    Nice one, don't think I'll ever get round to building my HTPC

    Comment: I would never trust a fanless PSU, its asking for trouble IMHO. HTPC are designed generally, to be placed in AV racks / furniture etc with little adequate ventilation. Heat build up needs a fan.
     
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    can i just ask a quick question about psu this razor?
    the cables that come out of the psu to go in to the computer, if i have the plug socket at the bottom are these at the top? _[]- like this or are they at the bottom _[]_ like this? hope you can help. thanks
     
  13. jaydee999

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    Agreed, which is why I willl go with one with a fan.. The lack of adequate ventilation (it's in AV furniture) is already causing the CPU fan to kick in faster and louder than I want at the moment. More work to do on this front yet.
     
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    The cables come out of the bottom middle of the psu. The power input is also at the bottom. I hope this helps. :)
     
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    With the psu I have you have complete control. With the fan off it has a safety feature where the fan will spin up for a few secs every few mins (you cant hear the fan at all). Even with your head next to the case.

     
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    I agree, it looks a good unit. It's just a bit more than I was wanting to pay, but yes, you get what you pay for...........
     
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    If someone told me that I would end up spending 3 days researching a psu I would of laughed at them. But thats what I ended up doing. :rolleyes:

    For good totally silent psu's there is a premium but I do think it is worth it. I paid £115 for this psu and didnt really want to spend over £70 at the time. It is one part of my HTPC that I can honestly say is silent. I bank on using this psu for a few pc builds (ie a good few years to come).
     
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    still doing it. i need a silent 500+w psu, modular, that is 14-15cm long(not 16) that fits in a claritas case and has its fan facing the mobo and not the the wall of the case.:suicide:
    if anyone knows of one, please let me know:lease:
     
  20. Razor

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    The psu I have is 14cm long and the fan faces the mobo.

    http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/powersupplies/nesteq-psus


    Or you could get an external psu.

    http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/powersupplies/nova600w

    I hope this helps mate.
     
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    Just thought I would update this thread.

    I have just finished building a new gaming rig and went for a Corsair 620 watt psu. I wasn't bothered about noise level as much as I was with the HTPC but the Corsair psu is also silent. Another great feature is that it is modular and costs me under £90 inc delivery with ebuyer and google checkout.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/114941

    So far I am very impressed with this bit of kit.
     
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    That looks like the kind of PSU I'm looking for, cheers for the heads-up :)
     
  23. Razor

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    My pleasure John. Its a nice psu, happy building. :)
     
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    I'm also looking for a quiet psu cos mine is the loudest component in my machine though its not that loud and someon pointed me to this website.
    Link
     
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    got my old man to cut a centimetre out of the bottom of my 390m case where the psu goes, got it nicely finished as well by fixing a plate over it to cover the bate metal. anyway able to add my psu of choice now. got this and fitted it, very nice, quiet and modular, not too pricey either(also fan faces mobo and not wall of PC)
    got the 520w model

    http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/power_management/ocz_modstream_power_supply
     
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    I would go with a Nesteq Semi-Fanless psu everytime, both me and my flatmate have one and we are thinking or buying another.

    The big advantage of the Nesteq is that it is completely silent the majority of the time. Only if it gets very hot will it kick in the fan, the only time I have really seen it kick in or where you should turn it on is when you are playing games.

    The only thing they could do to improve it would be to have detachable cables, all those extra cables attached to the psu can upset airflow.

    A very good choice though :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi All.

    Just my two penneth worth.

    I have just built three identical machines for the house (I know) and wanted them to be really quiet. It was a big success with the exception of the Hard drives................ but I digress.

    Anyway, I went for the Corsair 520 watt units as recommended by Razor and I am well pleased with them. They are as close to silent as you will get with a fan that runs permanently. Another big plus, having seen it for the first time, are the modular leads. Always thought it was a gimmick but I have to say, using only the leads that you want and not having spaghetti inside the machine is worth a lot!!! Used in a sugo 01 case together with a Nitrogon NT-06 fanless Cpu cooler you get the Ultimate fit and function which produces almost no sound at all.

    Cheers, Gerald.
     
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    I am glad you like the corsair psu's JetJockey. The modular part makes a massive difference on the install and keeps the case much tidier and has better airflow. I am very happy with mine. :thumbsup:
     

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