|Do you want upgrade the PSU because you actually need to, or because you think you need to? Are you currently having power related problems?|
"what should I be aware of and look for when I go looking for the new power supply?"
Other than having the proper number of & type of connectors, the PSU should meet the following criteria:
- 80 plus certified
- active PFC (power factor correction)
- single +12v rail of at least 30A
- +3.3v & +5v rails should be approx 20-25A (no more than 30A) each
- 3-5 yr warranty
- reputable name brand
This Corsair 430W is a forum favorite, right now it's $32.50 after promo code & rebate, very often it's on sale for $20-25 after rebate:
You might wanna consider this Corsair 500W for $40 after rebate instead:
EDIT: prices changed since I posted yesterday, I made the adjustments in my descriptions.
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