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    Default Looking for the best value semi/full modular 500-550W PSU

    Hi I'm looking for a PSU 500-550w for my build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/g9wxm8

    After considering that this is a value build it seems like the ANTEC HCG520M (HK$515) and the CX550M (HK$ 538) are the best for this build. Could I have a second opinion? Am I skimping out on the psu if I want to overclock the cpu+ram in the future? Thanks you

    For your information the options are these: (prefer modular as it is a first build and the matx build will be in a mini-tower)
    (Using these 2 sites: http://www.secomputer.com.hk/pricelist.php http://www.jumbo-computer.com/pricel...esc=520&sort=1)
    500W:
    Gamemax GM-500 CM500W (Modular ) 80Plus Bronze HK$ 385
    Xigmatek PS-MA500FR Maverick S 500W Modular ATX Power Supply HK$398
    Silverstone ST50F-PB 500W Power Supply (80PLUS Bronze, Full Modular) HK$480
    Enermax ERD500AWL-F REVOLUTIONDUO 500W 80Plus Modular Gold HK$ 599
    High Power HPB-500GD-F14C Astro 500W 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply HK$599
    Thermaltake SPG-500 SMART 500W 80Plus Bronze Modular HK$ 649
    SIlverStone SFX SX500-LG (Modular ) 500W 80Plus Micro ATX (SFX) Gold Power Supply HK$755


    520W:
    ANTEC HCG520M High Current Gamer (Modular) 520W 80Plus Bronze Cable Management HK$ 515
    SEASONIC M12II Series SSC-M12II-520 520W Modular Power Supply (80PLUS, 3yr warranty) HK$ 680

    530W:
    Thermaltake SPS-530M SMART SE 530W 80Plus Bronze Modular 火牛 HK$ 399
    Thermaltake SPS-530M SMART SE 530W 80Plus Gold Modular 火牛 HK$ 550

    550W:
    COUGAR CMX550-V3 550W Modular 80Plus Bronze Power Supply HK$ 499
    AcBel PCA025 i-Power M85 550W 80Plus Bronze Modular HK$ 510
    Cooler Master G550M (Modular ) 550W 80Plus Bronze Cable Management (RS-550-AMAA-B1) HK$ 529
    CORSAIR CX550M CO-PS-CX550M (Modular) 550W 80Plus Bronze HK$ 538
    Thermaltake TPD-550M ToughpowerGrand 550W 80Plus Gold Modular HK$ 680
    Corsair TX-M Series TX550M 550W Semi Modular Power Supply (80 PLUS GOLD) HK$699
    Cooler Master V550 (Modular ) 550W 80Plus Gold Cable Management (RS-550-AFBA-G1-UK) HK$ 700
    SilverStone Strider Platinum ST55F-PT(Modular) 550W 80Plus Platinum Cable Management HK$ 740
    SEASONIC G Series SSC-G550 550W Semi-Modular Cable Power Supply (80PLUSGold, 5yr waranty) HK$780
    SIlverStone SFX SX550-LG (Modular) 550W 80Plus Micro ATX (SFX) Gold Power Supply HK$795
    EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 550W Full Modular 80plus Gold Power Supply (220-G2-0550-Y3) HK$799
    CORSAIR RM550X CMPSU-RM550X (Full Modular) 550W 80Plus Gold Cable Management HK$ 860
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    At 500 bucks you have no cheaper options: OTOH the Corsair TX-M and EVGA G2 have also favourable performance/price ratio.

    So if "value" means "cheapest", you already got your candidates.
    If "value" means "performance/price ratio" then the more expensive Corsair and EVGA have their strenghts.

    BTW check the case also: a six core Ryzen and an RX580 feed too many watts in such a restricted enclosure (even if it's dirty cheap).
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    After considering your advice, I've opted to go for the define mini-c for the case instead since it'll provide better airflow. With the better cable management, a non-modular psu is possible so I chose the XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W (read that it is seasonic). Is this psu acceptable?

    Unfortunately, this puts the build at the 1000usd point...

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/TZptd6

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    What's the price for that unit? It is acceptable, but there are usually better options as it's based on a 10 year old platform (and AFAIK manufactured on a lower level factory line than its twin, Seasonic S12II).

    You should not consider the fact of being Seasonic made as an important advantage because everything depends on the unit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirreal View Post
    a non-modular psu is possible so I chose the XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W (read that it is seasonic). Is this psu acceptable?
    How much does it cost? It's almost identical to the ANTEC HCG520M High Current Gamer (Modular) 520W you already pointed out.

    BTW you don't need just a more expensive case but a better ventilated one: I don't know there in HK, but here in Italy a relatively cheap Antec One would likely serve you better than the original CM and it's 1/3 less expensive (it's lower in build quality too, TBH) than a Define C/S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quest for silence View Post
    How much does it cost? It's almost identical to the ANTEC HCG520M High Current Gamer (Modular) 520W you already pointed out.

    BTW you don't need just a more expensive case but a better ventilated one: I don't know there in HK, but here in Italy a relatively cheap Antec One would likely serve you better than the original CM and it's 1/3 less expensive (it's lower in build quality too, TBH) than a Define C/S.
    Unfortunately I'm working with a specified depth and width limit of 40cm and 25m respectively. So I'm limited to Thermaltake Versa H15 M-ATX Case @439, SilverStone SST-PS07B @599, define mini-c @688. I considered the versa, but the define seems to be better suited if I want to use a case for the long term.

    Quote Originally Posted by breixobaloca View Post
    What's the price for that unit? It is acceptable, but there are usually better options as it's based on a 10 year old platform (and AFAIK manufactured on a lower level factory line than its twin, Seasonic S12II).

    You should not consider the fact of being Seasonic made as an important advantage because everything depends on the unit...
    The XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ATX12V 2.2 is @465 HKD. A locally recommended PSU is the Antec NEO ECO II 550W 80Plus Bronze Power Supply @529. Would that be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirreal View Post
    I considered the versa, but the define seems to be better suited if I want to use a case for the long term.
    The Define is clearly a better case, but albeit it's not that bad it's also silence-oriented, not cooling-oriented.
    Is the Silverstone SST-KL06B / SST-KL06B-W available to you? If it were cheaper (or no more expensive) than the Fractal, it might offer you some cooling edge over the Define (and it's 405mm deep).


    Quote Originally Posted by cirreal View Post
    The XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ATX12V 2.2 is @465 HKD. A locally recommended PSU is the Antec NEO ECO II 550W 80Plus Bronze Power Supply @529. Would that be better?
    The Antec Neo Eco II is a more modern/performing unit than the XFX (or than the Antec). It should be a bit noisier too, TBH.
    At the same time it doesn't look really preferable to the equally priced Cooler Master G550M (Modular ) 550W, IMO (and neither to the already quoted Corsair @ 538, given the very tiny difference), which is also among the quietest units you considered.
    Best, Luca

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    Quote Originally Posted by quest for silence View Post
    The Define is clearly a better case, but albeit it's not that bad it's also silence-oriented, not cooling-oriented.
    Is the Silverstone SST-KL06B / SST-KL06B-W available to you? If it were cheaper (or no more expensive) than the Fractal, it might offer you some cooling edge over the Define (and it's 405mm deep).

    The Antec Neo Eco II is a more modern/performing unit than the XFX (or than the Antec). It should be a bit noisier too, TBH.
    At the same time it doesn't look really preferable to the equally priced Cooler Master G550M (Modular ) 550W, IMO (and neither to the already quoted Corsair @ 538, given the very tiny difference), which is also among the quietest units you considered.
    Neither of them are available unfortunately...

    There's also the cx550 (non-m) for 438. So the conclusion is that for a budget of 600, the cx550m and g550m are decent for modular, whereas xfx ts is mediocre for non-modular and the cx550 may be better. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Thank you all for the quick response given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cirreal View Post
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    You're about right.
    Best, Luca

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