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    Oh mighty power supply gurus....

    So I've got a friend's ATX mid-Tower in my workshop, he bought it from a hobby builder. The cheap glitzy non-PFC power supply died from... too much cat hair. Cat hair took out the P/S fan, clogged the side intake, then the P/S died. Probably overheating.

    I am no stranger to case modding, so I will do whatever is possible to enlarge and screen off intakes and provide multiple, redundant air paths, and maintain sufficient flow through the P/S, as well as educate the owner. But given all that...

    What power supply would you recommend? It is a basic Asus that runs video off of the motherboard, so anything in the 300-450W range would be fine. The owner doesn't mind paying for quality but would expect to use it for the rest of his life if doing so.

    Recommendations? I'd like to give him low cost, mid cost, and high cost options. For sanity let's keep it all under $100. I'll be buying something in the next day or two, usually I use Amazon or Newegg, but I'll consider options with quick delivery.

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    I'd recommend a case with a filter over the PSU air intake. And filters on all the other major intakes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM Phaedrus View Post
    I'd recommend a case with a filter over the PSU air intake. And filters on all the other major intakes too.
    Yes, I'm going to custom build all this, but I still need to buy a power supply.

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    sounds like after you solve the cat hair problem you just need "a PSU"

    Hence the options are legion.

    Price will be very dependent on what is on sale the day you make your choice.

    Today $40 AMIR
    CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139058

    Nothing else exciting on sale today unless you need 1300 watts

    $150 is without the best deal I have ever seen for this wattage and quality.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-17438011-L06A


    Coolermaster v550 when on sale
    Rosewill 450-550 gold and PLAT when on sale
    Seasonic G when on sale

    Are all other great choices ...just depends on the day and the sale.

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    I agree with Phaedrus. Get a case with filters.

    But as far as PSUs go, I suppose something passive or semi-passive could solve the problem at hand. If there is no fan or the fan rarely spins, it's not going to suck up cat hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdk777 View Post
    sounds like after you solve the cat hair problem you just need "a PSU"

    Hence the options are legion.

    Price will be very dependent on what is on sale the day you make your choice.

    Today $40 AMIR
    CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139058

    Nothing else exciting on sale today unless you need 1300 watts

    $150 is without the best deal I have ever seen for this wattage and quality.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-17438011-L06A


    Coolermaster v550 when on sale
    Rosewill 450-550 gold and PLAT when on sale
    Seasonic G when on sale

    Are all other great choices ...just depends on the day and the sale.
    Thanks, that's a great price on the Corsair after rebate. Now I have to reconsider my hatred of rebates. I wouldn't normally consider Rosewill but I guess they've stepped up their game in the power supply arena.

    As for semi/passive supplies, there is no requirement for silence per se (the owner is a little hard of hearing), and of course a passive power supply should be more heat tolerant... any specific recommendations under $100?

    Otherwise lots of confusing comments here. Why on earth would I buy a system case when I have a perfectly hackable one right in front of me, just begging to be modified?

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    Because there are no PSUs that I know of with dust filters, and no PSU likes being filled with cat hair. Therefore if you want to keep cat hair out of your PSU, you have to look at where the component is mounted: the case. So your case needs dust filters if you want to keep cat hair out of the PSU, and the rest of the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM Phaedrus View Post
    Because there are no PSUs that I know of with dust filters, and no PSU likes being filled with cat hair. Therefore if you want to keep cat hair out of your PSU, you have to look at where the component is mounted: the case. So your case needs dust filters if you want to keep cat hair out of the PSU, and the rest of the system.
    Wow, tough crowd.

    In my intro I already said I'd mod the case to filter out cat hair.

    Then I repeat myself. I even throw in a little humor.

    Then I get it explained again to do what I already said I'd do. Maybe everyone here owns stock in case manufacturers? Is my writing not clear enough?

    "I am no stranger to case modding, so I will do whatever is possible to enlarge and screen off intakes..."

    (In response to "Get a case with filters."):
    "Yes, I'm going to custom build all this, but I still need to buy a power supply."

    "Why on earth would I buy a system case when I have a perfectly hackable one right in front of me, just begging to be modified?"

    Only jonnyGuru had a useful alternate idea, but I guess passive+"under 100" is too much to ask, that's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM Phaedrus View Post
    Because there are no PSUs that I know of with dust filters...
    Just for future reference, the Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution units came with magnetic dust filters to put directly on the power supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HangFire View Post
    As for semi/passive supplies, there is no requirement for silence per se (the owner is a little hard of hearing), and of course a passive power supply should be more heat tolerant... any specific recommendations under $100?
    Corsair RM450 is just under $100, by 1 cent.
    Both XFX XTR 550 & 650 are under $100.

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