Power Supplies get no love. They work or they don't work and get ignored after that. They're not flashy in most cases but carry quite a burden. I was delighted to find this at an amazing price on Amazon - the price as you might have noticed fluctuates by about $40 on any given day.
I'm in the camp that a lot of folks over-buy their power supplies. Sometimes it's quite necessary, but a lot of times not. There are calculators out there to tell you what you need, and I always go over that for a general safety factor and the ability to add on. Solid State Drives, Hard Drives and even GPU's are drawing less power these days. Additionally, where I used to have several hard drives each with several platters, a SSD and big HD are all that's required now.
Oddly, as PC parts get more efficient, Power Supplies actually have a harder job to do. Take the new Haswell chip from Intel. It's so power efficient that many power supplies fail when it tries to wake from a sleep state as the load is so low. In a weird way, power supply manufacturers have to make more efficient power supplies for more efficient PCs. That efficiency comes at a price with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze rated power supplies. For my budget and needs for both size and power, a Bronze rated supply was what I was looking for.
Luckily when I was buying parts as they came on sale in the weeks before the Haswell release, I purchased the very latest SeaSonic M12II 650. SeaSonic is well known and rightly so. They're one of only 2 brands I'd consider for a Power Supply and their reputation is beyond reproach. When I heard about the power supply issue with Haswell, I was confident that my still in the box PS would handle this issue, and I was right. These things are constructed to the highest tolerances in the industry. There are new models out there that can't handle the Haswell "feature".
In the box you won't get an embroidered velvet carrying bag (although there is a fabric bag with drawstring) to waste your money on. What you do get is a semi-modular power supply that's going to fit into any mATX or other small form-factor case you choose. You'll also get a large assortment of additional power cables, in enough configurations to keep the internals of your case nice, clean and cool. The cables are top quality sleeved in open mesh, there is simply no issue here with that or the easy swap connectors.
It's quiet, unassuming, solid, powerful and small. It's built by and backed by one of the very best in the business.
- Semi Modular (MB 24 pin, ATX 12V 8/4, ATX 12v 8) for what you'll always need
- Modular (PCI-E, Peripheral power, SATA and floppy) in a variety of configurations and number
- 120mm double ball bearing quiet fan
- Smart fan controller
- Internal rubber mountings
- High reliability 150° Japanese capacitors
- Small form factor
- Not free