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Old 4th August, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Need a new PSU - Recomendations

There's a computer fair at don valley this weekend. I need a new PSU to temporarily sustain my pc from devestation. It will probably be an investment for when i upgrade my PC as well. I need recomendations of the best brands and how much I should be looking to pay!

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The brand that i stand behing is Enermax, and Dsio will be with me on this.....i have a 460w Enermax and it is absolutely flawless, stable as a rock, my volts rarely ever fluctuate, and if they do its by extremely small amounts that are completely acceptable. I got mine from NewEgg for like $60 or so, but its worth more easily. The noisetaker series is outstanding, i highly recommend Enermax.
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Old 4th August, 2006, 06:36 PM
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Cheers! Any other recomendations if they don't have any enermax psu's? I've heard seasonic are pretty good can anyone back that up?

Thanks for the quick reply NarkoticBuzz.
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Antec makes the 550...seems to do a good job, just a users opinion...
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sparkle/fortron is generally a well known workhorse that is reasonably priced. Some antecs are good, others, not so.

Make sure you have compatibility. Older mobos use 20pin, newer 24pin + 4pin aux 12v. Im not keen on converters so.... good luck.
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I would recommend Tagan.

They've been awesome every time I've used them.

Plus most of their power supplies are silent, and that's always a plus.
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The Mushkin one that I have pictures of in the link below seems fantastic! I have not turned it on yet though so i really cant comment on the performance but I defy you to find another power supply with 4 20 amp 12v rails!
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It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.

I doubt that you will need anything more powerful than 500W, even after your upgrade. Your current system could work on my test mATX 200w PSU, so it is not of much concern.

I would buy a reliable, good value of money unit. Which one depends on where you shop from. The Heroichi, Sparkle, Be-Quiet and Seasonic units offer good value usually.

The Enermax Liberty 500W unit would be a nice choice also.
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I need a very stable psu for overclocking. My next system is most likely going to be an sli system. I'm also looking for a modular PSU just because they look nice and i have a window in my case.
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I need a very stable psu for overclocking. My next system is most likely going to be an sli system. I'm also looking for a modular PSU just because they look nice and i have a window in my case.

Then I will insist on the Enermax Liberty, perhaps even the 600W unit.

Or the Spire Rocketeer VI 600W if you can find it, that thing was an awesome PSU.
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Talking Psu

I had an AEROCOOL/TURBINE 550 watts SLI ready for about 8 mo. now. No problems, no power fluctuations. Is modular, silent and comes with a lot of cables, A little expensive though. I get mine for $106.00 @ NewEgg.

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I'll second the Antec 550 neo HE mine is great no lack of power there.
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I have a Akasa Paxpower. It's stunningly good and has won numerous awards.
I'd also reccomend Seasonic if you can afford them.
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Another brand that has amazing efficiency is Xclio, maybe a little on the pricey side, but considering how well they perform it is worth the money.
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Old 12th August, 2006, 01:33 PM
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Right i plumped for an Enermax Liberty 500W, because:

A: It was modular and had cool black and gold cable tidies.
B: It was shiny and gold inside :P
C: It had a massive 120mm 'silent' fan
D: It was £60 and has dual pci-e cables for future rigs if i wish to go SLI
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I'd go for a tagan.... Got a TG480-U01, its ultra Quiet! Enermax is cool though!
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I'd support the Enermax purchase. I rate them very highly, and the Liberty is basically the result of Enermax taking an already brilliant PSU in the form of the noisetaker, and just polishing it, and perfecting it even further.

And when Enermax say 500W, they really mean 500W.
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Please avoid Topower based units at this point. If you plan on overclocking, definitely stay away from the Mushkin 550W unit.
http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=472241

My current recommendations (stuff I know about) would be:
  • Silverstone Zeus 560W (single 12V rail version). This unit is built by Etasis, superb choice.
  • The new Corsair 650W Modular unit
  • Any of the Fortron or OCZ 600W units (same OEM i.e FSP)
  • Supermicro/Ablecom PWS-0056 (check my review on overclockers.com)
  • PC Power and Cooling SilentX series. OEM is Seasonic.

Hope this helps.
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I've installed the Liberty and it's exceptionally quiet. I couldn't believe the difference when i switched the pc on.
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