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    Default Most reliable PSU for under $100?

    Hello,
    I was tasked with building a server for work, have mostly everything figured out, simple build, haswell i5-4570 and two SSD , no GPU. So do not need too much power. Just curious what is the most reliable psu out there right now under $100, preferably modular, but not required. I am located in the US.

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    According to NewEgg users ratings, something like the Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D
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    Umm, that link goes to Newegg Canada. He states he is located in the US.

    The Newegg US link is here - with a more attractive price too.

    Do note because that is one of Antec's "Earthwatts Green" models, it does not even come with a power cord - as clearly stated on the description page. But I assume since you have been tasked with building this, you probably have several laying around. I only mention this because I have seen people gripe and complain about Antec being "cheap" - but that is not the point. It is all about being "green", reducing waste, and protecting the environment.

    Also note that servers typically run 24/7/365 which means heat may have a good opportunity to build up - though with SSDs and no HDs, it may not be a problem. But still, make sure the case has good cooling. Also, because the case fans will be drawing in heat trapping dust 24/7 too, make sure someone is tasked for periodic visual inspections, and cleaning if necessary, every couple months.

    You say no GPU. I assume you mean no added graphics card and you will be using a motherboard with integrated graphics, or that i5's Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated graphics, right? Because with no graphics, the motherboard will fail during POST so you will need graphics initially to setup the system. Once you set it up, you typically can modify the BIOS Setup Menu to ignore POST errors, then you can manage the server remotely. And note if planning on using the i5's graphics support, the motherboard MUST support that feature too. Alternatively, the motherboard must have its own integrated graphics solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
    Umm, that link goes to Newegg Canada. He states he is located in the US.
    Thanks for pointing that out: sometimes URLs auto-completion may betray.

    Actually that's the right selection.
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    sometimes URLs auto-completion may betray
    It sometimes works the other way around for me and when I want to look up prices in Canada or the UK, I keep getting the US websites.

    Not sure what you mean by "that's the right selection". While it includes PSUs for under a $100, it also includes TFX and Mini ITX supplies which will not mount in an ATX compliant case. And there is also a non 80-Plus supply with an abysmal >65% efficiency rating which I know you would never recommend.

    The Antec Earthwatts Green EA-380D is a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
    Not sure what you mean by "that's the right selection".
    I meant the one from the U.S. NewEgg.com (not .ca) website about PSUs with the highest user ratings: said that, it's just a starting point to get some ideas.
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    The EA-380 Green would do fine. If you want something a bit more efficient, though, the Seasonic G-360 would likely be an option too (or G-450 if you want modular, although it is a bit of an overkill and might be right at the edge of your price bracket)
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