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Best Power Supply

I'm looking for input as to the best power supply recommendations.  I have a Pentium 4 computer with a Intel 915GAV motherboard, one harddrive, 2 dvd drives and an ATI X700 video card.  I built it as a media center PC so I am looking for the quietest power supply out there.  Would like something powerful enought and cooling enough for light gaming and some DVD creation type work.  I'm thinking a 400W PS would work here but let me know if there are different thoughts out there.Looking to spend around $100, but let me know if there are better ones out there at a different price.
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cruzer330
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cruzer330
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J-A-LCommented:
My personal favorite is the Antec Neopower 480W.  It is one of the few with Active PFC and very good regulation and noise immunity with over-voltage/current protection.  It's also a very quiet modular power supply... you only attach the cables you need to use.  It has a larger 12cm fan on it.  I love it.

http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=24480

Jeff
at yourtechonline.com
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nobusCommented:
calculate your power needed here, then allow for a good margin, and choose a good brand

http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/      
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cruzer330Author Commented:
That power supply calculator was helpful.  It figures that I need a little less than 350W so I think that supports the 400W guess that I originally had.

I have to check out the NeoPower suggested by Jeff, but are there any other ideas?
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CallandorCommented:
I can't emphasize enough the need for a good power supply - most people think of it as an afterthought, but a bad or unreliable power supply can ruin your whole system.

Here's a relatively inexpensive one that I use that delivers a lot of current:
Thermaltake Purepower 420W $39
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=17-153-006&DEPA=0

I also like Enermax, who provide some of the highest currents on the +12v rail (which is used by a lot of components, especially on startup):
Enermax 365W Power supply $60
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=17-103-455&depa=0
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cruzer330Author Commented:
Callandor

Are your two suggestions noted for their quiet operation?  I want a good quality power supply that is as quiet as possible.
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CallandorCommented:
Both are quiet supplies.  You need to also take into account other contributors to noise, mainly the cpu fan - if that's not quiet, it will do away with any gains from the power supply.
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cruzer330Author Commented:
I just put an Arctic CPU fan so now the Power Supply is supplying a good chunk of noise.  Process of elimination, I will probably be back with the next loud piece once the right power supply is selected.
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AuriclusCommented:
I recommend the Enermax Noisetaker:

http://www.enermax.com.tw/main.php

Auriclus
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rudy_baggaCommented:
www.silentpcreview.com    More information than you could ever need regarding pc silencing.  In particular, take a look at this article: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article28-page1.html

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MorbifixCommented:
This is as quiet as they come, and is one of the best brands out there.

http://www.thermaltake.com/purepower/fanlesspsu.htm

The name should say about how quiet it is...
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fallenknight308Commented:
Fortron............all the juice ya need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104934
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cruzer330Author Commented:
Well, I bought the Zalman ZM 400 BAPS 400W Power Supply and while it was by far quieter  than what I previously had, it was unable to keep by PC cool.  Certain CPU intensive programs would spike the temperature to unacceptable levels.  So the quest continues for the quietest, but coolest (I mean temperature, not how it looks) 400W power supply out there.
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CallandorCommented:
I think the Thermaltake 420 is pretty good in both areas.  The dual fan really pulls hot air out.
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rindiCommented:
cruzer330,

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