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#1 xDWolfy

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:37 PM

I'm looking at getting a power supply. I was just wondering if there were any specific brands I should be looking for (I've heard Coolmax and Corsair are supposed to be quite good) and any I should be avoiding. I have a few ideas, and I'm mainly looking at something that'd be enough to power a fairly high end rig (between 650 and 850 watts) - if it'll help I'll post the specs of the PC too.

Also (if you can) a red and black PSU would be nice; I'm trying to keep it all in a colour scheme cause the case is gonna have a window on the side and I like to show off haha... My price range is between 0.01 and 100 so go nuts :)

Cheers.

oh and, I'd like them to match/fit in this case, have some psu's in mind. I'll list some here;

PSU 1 - OCZ ModXStream
fatal1ty 750w

I just have no idea what I'm looking for.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 08:47 PM

Run away from the ModXStreme unit. Mediocre in every way.

The OCZ Fatal1ty 700 W is a much better unit.

Generally I like Corsairs and Seasonics as those two brands don't really have any duds in their line up (verdict is still out on the CX430). It is hard to go wrong with either brand. That being said, there are plenty of brands that have great power supplies, you just have to be careful as to what specific PSU you are looking at.

Certain brands use numerous OEMs to make their PSUs. Some do it fairly successfully (Corsair), some don't (Thermaltake, Topower, Powmax, Rosewill, Diablotek, Apevia, Raidmax etc). Even the well regarded names have their share of problem children (Antec, Enermax).

Main points: Don't cheap out on a PSU. The PSU is the heart of the machine. A PSU with dirty rails/bad voltage regulation will make your life miserable chasing gremlins when/if they occur, not to mention shortening the life of your other components. Research what you buy: Hard OCP, Hardware Secrets, and Jonny Guru have the best PSU reviews. Read them.

Edited by dpunisher, 06 December 2010 - 08:48 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:32 PM

I tend to like coolermaster and ANTEC PSUs most, with OCZ and Corsair coming in below that.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:00 PM

Found a "semi-updated" list here. Not the perfect guide, but most calls are close to reality. Not sure of it's last update.

http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=768814

Edited by dpunisher, 06 December 2010 - 10:02 PM.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 12:37 AM

Personally, I go for Corsair but I'm currently using a Silverstone. I've heard good things about PC Power and Sparkle Computer, not to be confused with Sparkle Power, PSU's. Some of Corsair's newer "Builder" series of PSU's aren't that good, it really seems hit or miss.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 04:48 AM

I'm hoping that this isn't too good to be true. After looking at dpunisher's post with the psu list (which was a real help! thanks) the Silverstone SST series is supposedly in tier 1. Which is apparently good. The other PSU's in 'tier 1' are much too expensive for me, like the Antec mentioned there, it's 125 for a 650w... I can't afford that. :(

I'm gonna read up some reviews on it and hope it turns out well. I have a bad habit of buying the first thing that comes out in front of me... Thanks again guys!

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 03:24 PM

Thermaltake Tough Power Grand
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 06:17 PM

Thermaltake Tough Power Grand


Why would anyone spend that much for an overpriced CWT PSU? If you want a CWT 750 you can get a Corsair 750HX for $123 AR. Even a Seasonic X750 Gold is $159.

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