I'm preparing for my next upgrade. I've already decided on most components, but when going over my shopping list again, I started to doubt about my choice of power supply.
I initially went for the Seasonic S12II-380
, as it's recommended here on the site and I won't need a lot of power anyway. My current built only needs 222W when stressed to the utmost maximum, and in my next desktop I won't even place a discrete GPU anymore. So it should drop under 200W.
The reason I started to doubt was when I'd read the Seasonic is a 5 year old design and it makes a minimum of 21db. I thought there would be more efficient and quieter PSU's around by now. Additionally, it only has a 4-pin ATX12V CPU power connector, while the motherboard I intend to buy has a 8-pin EPS connector. I know a 4-pin connector will do for not too power hungry CPU's, but it's still of small concern.
So I started looking around again.
In my current desktop I have an Enermax Pro82+ 425W and I'm quite happy with it. This PSU I'll pass on to my wife's desktop though, so I'll need a new one for myself.
Because of my current good experience with this PSU maybe its successor Enermax Pro82+ II 385W
would be a good choice for me. It's a little more expensive compared to the Seasonic, but in return I get an 80+ Bronze certified PSU with a fan spinning at only 450RPM between 0-50% load. And it has an 4+4-pin CPU connector.
What do you guys think?
If someone has other suggestions, these are my requirements:
* good efficiency at low loads. My PC is powered on quite a lot, but CPU+GPU is mostly lightly stressed. No gaming at all. Highest load is Adobe Photoshop & LightRoom, but that's not too often.
* quiet (but not passive)
* not too expensive
* widely available on the European market (as I'm Belgian)