Sorry for being a bit repetitive, I'm sure the PicoPSU has been done to death already ...
I have a mATX system (Antec Aria case, Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3, i3-2100, Corsair Vengeance 8GB, Seagate 3.5'' SATA HD) that I've started to put together. Since I wanted to conceal the rig under the TV I'm looking to reduce the heat (and noise to some extent). The PSU in the Antec Aria (which is quite old by now) is a proprietary Antec 300W that basically can't be replaced (I think Antec may have new 350W models, but they cost almost as much as any PicoPSU combination). I could get a new and better case, but I'd still be stuck with the PSU inside the case (and inside the TV bench) increasing the heat.
The thing is that I want to add a discrete GPU of some sort, GT 430 or better, ideally a GTX 550 Ti (a bit much I know). So I've been looking at power consumption figures for various cards (techpowerup
) but don't quite know how to match this to my current system, a PicoPSU, availability and a reasonable cost. Normally I would not have have gone down the Nvidia route, as they seem to provide less 3D performance per watt, but I need CUDA for HTPC applications.
Every watt matters in my case so I'd like to run a 200W Pico type PSU if possible. I've been looking at the Dell DA-2 and PW-200M combination but I've only ever seen negative comments on that particular setup. Plus all the DIY and soldering. Plus it seems hard to find a model that has both the 12V P4 and the 24 pin ATX 2.0 connector.
Primarily looking at Ebay (UK and China) since it's the only way to ship anything to Sweden without too much hassle.
Anyone tried this model?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MINI-ITX-1U-C ... 43ab0fa54b
How is this 150W model? Might do if I settle for a reasonable GPU.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FSP-150w-Mini ... 43a5d81c20
PicoPSU 160-XT + Dell DA-2?
PW-200M + Dell DA-2?