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    Default I need some help in finding something small, cheap, and reliable

    Hi, Im a long time reader first time poster.

    I have a bit of quandry and honestly this seems to be the best place to answer it.
    I am looking for a small cheap power supply that wont explode . . . Its just that at first I thought I was going to spend about $185 on a system and the cost ballooned to over $285 so far. I have just been tring to keep it reliable and simple yet at every turn I get nothing but FUD =/ So now it is about asking people that have more experience and asking for help on where can I cut corners vs where would it be stupid to do so.

    It will be used for a home NAS, connecting an external HDD and firewall with an ITX motherboard and celeron CPU. Can't be more than 150w even if I overclocked it. It is just the MB, CPU, RAM, a 32gb SSD, and a pci-e network card.

    would one of the units in these be suspect?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811208054
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147131

    Or should I just bite the bullet and get a regular $30 uATX case and $35-$45 power supply? My options are basically: Corsair, Sparkle, Seasonic, FSP, Antec. Something available in the US, active PFC, and 24 pin MB.

    Thank you!

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    What generation Celeron? What's the TDP wattage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobnova View Post
    What generation Celeron? What's the TDP wattage?
    http://ark.intel.com/products/71072/...Cache-2_60-GHz
    ivy bridge based, 55w TDP

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    Nearly $300 for a PC NAS? You're doing it wrong.

    HP ProLiant N40L
    $349.99
    free shipping
    $50 rebate
    $60 promo code HP32913
    =$239.99

    Last week the faster N54L was available for $235 shipped after rebate and coupon. They are the same except for a 2.2GHz CPU instead of 1.5GHz. CPU is a dual core AMD Turion (mobile CPU, so low power draw). The 10.5" x 8.3" x 10.2" box can hold four 3.5" HDDs and one optical drive, plus has room for a low profile expansion card. It comes with RAM and a 250GB HDD, so it is ready to roll sans OS. It also is reasonably quiet, yet has decent airflow with a 120mm fan.

    If you miss the deal, keep looking. Deals on this product (N40L been around a while, N54L is new) have come and gone quite often for at least a year.
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    The Rosewill seems to work well enough, I have the Thermaltake Element Q. The Q, the Rosewill, and the APEX MI-008 are, I believe, internally identical.
    I think Inwin has a better reputation for these? Anyone?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811108196

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zap View Post
    Nearly $300 for a PC NAS? You're doing it wrong.

    HP ProLiant N40L
    $349.99
    free shipping
    $50 rebate
    $60 promo code HP32913
    =$239.99

    Last week the faster N54L was available for $235 shipped after rebate and coupon. They are the same except for a 2.2GHz CPU instead of 1.5GHz. CPU is a dual core AMD Turion (mobile CPU, so low power draw). The 10.5" x 8.3" x 10.2" box can hold four 3.5" HDDs and one optical drive, plus has room for a low profile expansion card. It comes with RAM and a 250GB HDD, so it is ready to roll sans OS. It also is reasonably quiet, yet has decent airflow with a 120mm fan.

    If you miss the deal, keep looking. Deals on this product (N40L been around a while, N54L is new) have come and gone quite often for at least a year.
    Wow, I never heard of these before now.
    lol, I knew asking here was the right thing to do

    Thinking about it a tad more . . . one could make a fairly nice pfsense/freenas box out of that running them as a VM. All you would need is a $30 pci-e NIC.

    Thank you!
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    Just curious, but why put an SSD in an HTPC? I'm seriously pro-SSD so it should mean something when I discourage someone from getting one Seems like ya can just spend that money more usefully elsewhere!

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    I just like having an SSD as the boot drive. the files would be stored on a few 5400 RPM 3.5" drives.
    As a personal thing, I never liked having the content on the same disk as the manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kougar View Post
    Just curious, but why put an SSD in an HTPC? I'm seriously pro-SSD so it should mean something when I discourage someone from getting one Seems like ya can just spend that money more usefully elsewhere!
    Noise output reduction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloud200 View Post
    I just like having an SSD as the boot drive. the files would be stored on a few 5400 RPM 3.5" drives.
    As a personal thing, I never liked having the content on the same disk as the manager.
    Well, even then an HTPC generally runs 24/7... it wouldn't be doing much booting! But it does simplify keeping the OS and your data separate, so fair enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by rafal_iB_PL View Post
    Noise output reduction?
    Given the HTPC will have one or more HDDs internally and attached externally, noise reduction won't matter in this instance.

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