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Re: [opensuse] Building a mid-range desktop PC - lower cost MB/CPU/video solution?
Billie Walsh composed on 2016-06-10 07:38 (UTC-0500):

And, never less that a 500 watt power supply for a desktop. if it has
less than a 500 watt I replace it with a 500 watt.

That may make sense for gamers with dual multi-fan video cards, 135W or more TDP CPUs and lebenty bazillion storage devices who buy $15 500W PSes or who use the dangerous PS that came in their $29 gamer case. For others, including those who are only satisfied with a quality PS, that's utter nonsense.

Consider that an Intel Mac Mini, with at most two storage devices, at most two RAM sticks, and one CPU gets by on an 80W(?) PS. I find it hard to fathom a mATX machine like OP proposes (i5-6400=65W TDP, integrated video, 2 RAM slots, one or maybe two storage devices, 1 16X and 1 1X expansion slot) using even three times that, much less requiring a minimum more than six times that.

The biggest PS I ever bought was 500W, which I did only once. I have several machines with at most 95W TDP CPU (most much less), one HD, up two 4 RAM sticks, and maybe a DVD or floppy drive doing very well on their 135W or 160W OEM power supplies, some even with an X16 PCIe slot occupied by a (passively cooled) gfxcard.

Buying more than twice the PS power actually needed is money, raw materials, and in most of the world, dead dinosaurs, wasted.
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