The Big Power Supply Guide - Trusted Models

Based on specifications, the recommendations of others, reviews, and pure gut feeling, this list is intended to be a quick and to-the-point guide to the power supplies that are worth buying. This list is intentionally short and minimalistic; the target was to have 2 supplies in any given price range. This is in case one of the supplies listed goes out of production or otherwise becomes scarce. It is our recommendation that you budget at least $50 to purchasing a power supply, preferably with some additional padding.

These supplies, except where noted, are "20+4" pin power supplies; that is, they will work equally well with older 20-pin motherboards and newer 24-pin motherboards.

Budget

Sparkle/FSP Group 350 W (ATX350-PN) $39

Typical

Sparkle/FSP Group 400 W (ATX-400PN-B204) $51

XClio 450W (450BL ATX) $52

Solid

Enhance 5140GH ($68 shipped); review

Seasonic 430W, very quiet (S12-430) $90 ($107 at Newegg)

Decadent

Seasonic 500 W, very quiet (S12-500) $125 ($137 at Newegg)

OCZ GameXStream 600 W (OCZ600GXSSLI) $130 (SLI Certified) (made by Fortron)

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 $220 (SLI Certified) 24 pin only (available in 20 pin varieties from the manufacturer)

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 850 SSI $440 (SLI Certified) 24 pin only

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW $500 (SLI or Crossfire Certified, take your pick) 24 pin only

Modular supplies

Before buying any modular supply, please realize there are drawbacks.

Antec SmartPower 2.0 500 W (SP-500) $71

Sunbeam NUUO 550 W (SUNNU550-US-BK) $93

ENERMAX Liberty 500 W (ELT500AWT) $117 (SLI Certified)

Thermaltake PurePower 500 W (W0057) $127

Antec NeoPower 550 W (NeoHE 550) $125 (SLI Certified) NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ASUS MOTHERBOARDS

Corsair 520 W (HX520w) $140 (SLI Certified)

Corsair 620 W (HX620w) $190 (SLI Certified)