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    Great site all. As I understand it, tier lists are evil, and I should post my propsed PC specs, so here goes:

    New build: i5 7600K (mild overclocking), GTX 1060, Z270 MB, 16Gb DDR4, 1x M2 SSD, 1x 10k 2Tb HD -- recommended power calc says about 400W.

    I am looking for full modular PSU, live in US (assume I don't need to link Newegg :P ) and would like to try and hit $75-$100 budget. This will be on display (wife permitting) in the living room, so bonus points for low noise.

    My question is this - want to do the right thing, but on the other hand, don't want to read 400+ individual PSU reviews - the EVGA 550 is (was?) ranked 10/10 and sells for $75. Any reason I wouldn't just get that one and be done with it? Maybe there is a better PSU now I am missing?

    Lastly, and please excuse my ignorance but is there a better way to find units than randomly scrolling through all the reviews?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmer View Post
    Any reason I wouldn't just get that one and be done with it?
    No compelling one, IMO: maybe noise could be lower under certain load, but nothing serious.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmer View Post
    Maybe there is a better PSU now I am missing?
    Slightly but Bitfenix Whisper M 450W, IMVHO (a test at THG): and it's likely a much quieter option.
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    Too slow mate...
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    Perfect! Had not seen the Bitfenix review on THG. The 550W is the same price point, slightly lower noise and comparable performance. I think we have a winner! Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmer View Post
    Perfect! Had not seen the Bitfenix review on THG. The 550W is the same price point, slightly lower noise and comparable performance. I think we have a winner! Thanks guys!
    The 550W version isn't a better choice for you. With a small CPU overclock your power consumption will only go to 250W instead of 200W without OC.

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    I defer to your wisdom sir.

    I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the 'bigger is not better' statements when it comes to PSUs, but of course, you are right. Just seems counter-intuitive...

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmer View Post
    I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the 'bigger is not better' statements
    That's because your are an American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -The_Mask- View Post
    That's because your are an American.
    (Sorry Lemmer, but as a non-US citizen, that's hilarious!)

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    I knew when I typed it that I was walking into that one, but will take my lumps. They are, more often than not, deserved nowadays. :-P

    I debated, more than I care to admit, whether I should represent myself as a Canadian here... Cheers.

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