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11-13-2006, 11:44 AM
I have been reading as many Power Supply reviews as I can and happend to stumble across this site. The reviews are very informative. Also, from what I gather the community here really knows their stuff!! Maybe you guys can help me choose a PS
Here is my current rig:
Mobo: ASRock 775 DUAL-VSTA
CPU: 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo E6300
Memory: OCZ PC3200 (2x512MB) 2-2-2-5
Video Card: BFG 6800GT OC
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB
Sound Card: Audigy 2 ZS
Optical Drive: Plextor 708A
Case: Lian-LI PC-12
Fans: 3 80mm fans
CPU Cooler: Zalman CPNS9700 LED
GPU Cooler: Zalman VF900-CU LED
This by no means is a huge power hog due to the components I have. I do however currently overclock my system via the FSB (286Mhz for a 2Ghz CPU) and my video card at 425/1150 via Coolbits.
I am looking to get a good PS as I am currently using one my friend gave me. Its a 500 watt that came out of a Raidmax case.
I am looking for Modular (if not at least sleeved) and have a budget of $100 or less (after shipping). Thanks in advance for all your help!
11-13-2006, 12:26 PM
For your setup a good 400W PSU is plenty.
Modular an Enermax Liberty 400 or Antec NeoHE 380/430.
Non modular, Silverstone Element 400, Seasonic S-12 380/430, Akasa 80+ 400, Antec Earth Watts 380/430, Fortron Bluestorm II 400, for example.
11-13-2006, 02:16 PM
Virtually ANY modular on the market is going to suit you just fine.
11-13-2006, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the quick answers! I think I should give more information as I have been thinking about this a bit more today...
I have an ASRock 775 DUAL-VSTA which by no means is a permanent board. It is a transitional board, as many of you already know. This board allows me to keep my DDR1 memory as well as my AGP card and use a core 2 duo.
I will eventually finish my upgrade path by buying a new MOBO, PCI-E video card, and DDR2 memory. I am not a fan of SLI as its seems that everytime I would buy a 2nd card a new one is out that performs better then my 2 cards, lol. I have been waiting for core 2 duo chipsets to mature as well as more directx 10 cards to drop and hopefully lower the price. I will keep my E6300 as with a good board many people have it running at 3Ghz easily.
With that said I would hate to have to buy another power supply to support the higher power requirements.
With that in mind how would the Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX fair? Also, I love having a quiet system. This is why I have Zalman coolers on both my CPU and Video Card. I also bought/installed 3 SilentX 80mm Case fans to replace my stock fans.
Would the Corsair meet both my future requirements as well as remain quiet (as it stands now the noisiest part of my rig is my cheapo raidmax p/s)
11-13-2006, 08:37 PM
The HX520 should meet and excede your requirements,especially compared
to a Raidmax:p :)
11-14-2006, 05:32 AM
What do you think of those SilentX fans ?
I had a couple of 92mm ones, and they both died. I also found that the fan frame was rather thin and flimsy, with one of them mounted in the fan holder bracket (plastic) in my case, the frame warped inwards causing the blades to rub.
I had to reinstate the two Thermaltakes to restore order :)
However the 120mm is still working just fine.
11-14-2006, 07:43 AM
I have these SilenX 80mm (http://www.silenx.com/ixtremaprofans.asp?sku=ixp-54-09) and I have abosolutly nothing to complain about.
They have been running at full speed with next to no sound in my case for about 7 months or so. I also like the silicone-composite fan mounts (aka screws). Granted you can buy these for any fan but as this is the first time I have used them I really like them.
These 3 fans with 2 Zalman coolers makes for a pretty silent case. Now I just have to order my new P/S and I will be good to go!
11-14-2006, 11:15 AM
How would the Ultra XVS 600W (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=382326) be in comparison to the Corsair HX 520W?
Reason I ask is the $50 price difference is nice. I am willing to spend the difference if it is really a better product to warrent the extra money.
11-14-2006, 11:25 AM
The XVS has 35A on the 12V rail.
The HX520W has 40A on the 12V rail!
The HX520W is more efficient (about 82% vs. 78%.)
The HX520W has APFC. The XVS has no PFC.
The XVS is a decent PSU, but there's a reason for the price difference. ;)
11-14-2006, 04:40 PM
Well when you put it like that there is no arguing ^_^ Consider my ZipZoomFly order placed!! Thanks for educating a noob!
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