I am looking for a new power supply for my computer. My current power supply, a 250W FSP supplied with my computer, is approaching it’s 8th birthday and has become rather loud. I suspect that it has lost efficiency over the years and the higher load means that the fan has to run at a higher speed under normal use. It is almost silent when I first boot up, but after a few minutes of idle the fan speeds up and becomes quite loud. This is the case even if I reduce the load on the power load to a minimum by connecting only a single hard drive and swapping the graphics card for the original ATI Radeon 32MB SDR.
I do not need a PSU with a high rating; I think that a power rating of 300W or greater should be sufficient for my current requirements (my computer is an Athlon 900MHz (Socket A), 512MB PC133 RAM, nVidia FX5200 128MB, 2x HDDs & 2x DVD Writers). A more powerful PSU that could be used if I ever do a major upgrade would be an advantage, but I have no plans to do any upgrading in the immediate future.
The problem is that I want my new power supply to be -
b) Cheap - under Â£30 would be nice (but there is no set budget and I might be prepared to pay more for the right PSU).
c) Reliable - I don’t want to risk damaging my computer, especially my Benq DW1655 (so no dodgy Â£10 specials).
d) Efficient - an inefficient PSU would be a false economy in the long run.
e) Available in the UK
So can anybody recommend a good quality ATX PSU with a power rating of around 300-400W that meets my requirements?
I have tried searching online reviews, but they are mostly interested in 700W+ monsters for overclocking multiple graphics cards. Not really what I am looking for.