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    Default Low wattage, fairly low cost and decent build quality PSU?

    I'm building a new PC for my step-dad, and I'm fairly stuck on what PSU to get. Modularity doesn't bother me, and if anything I'd rather avoid modular PSUs as it increases cost. The PC will probably draw between 150 and 200W, so nothing major, and it's a Haswell refresh PC, so it would be best if the PSU was Haswell compatible. Lastly, I don't want a dirt cheap PSU that's going to blow up on me in 3 months time, but I want something that will last quite a long time, and when it dies won't take any components with it.

    I'm currently looking at these 2 PSUs, as they're not too expensive and are Haswell compatible. I'm choosing the EVGA 500W simply because it's on sale right now and is the same price as the 430W from the same line.

    XFX TS 430W: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-...mm-fan-atx-psu

    EVGA 500W 80PLUS: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500w-...e-rail-atx-psu

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    -I would say the XFX. As the Mask pointed out here : http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12078 , it's Seasonic design and Haswell ready.
    -The EVGA (HEC OEM )unit is nice as well, but only....nice, just check how Jeremy concludes his review here: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...print&reid=384
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    This is a no brainer...

    The XFX.

    The EVGA is cheaply made, only has White efficiency and, I'm not sure where you're seeing otherwise, is NOT Haswell ready.

    The XFX isn't on Intel's list for Haswell readiness, but I have to assume that's because they haven't tested it yet (as it's not listed as NOT being Haswell ready either). But since it uses DC to DC for the +3.3V rail, I don't see why it wouldn't be.

    Regardless of Haswell compatibility, since overcoming "issues" is as simple as disabling the C6 sleep states, the XFX is still the far better PSU of the two.

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