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    Default Should we use consumer grade PSUs for always on PCs?

    In many places, server PSUs cost really high and sometimes are not even an option, so for, say, a NAS system that will be running for 24x7, is it okay to use consumer grade PSUs?

    Will a cheap one do? Or should he look for server PSUs?
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    Generally it's not too much of an issue, if you believe there will be high ambient temps and noise is no issue then perhaps look into a unit with a Dual Ball Bearing fan. If your budget is high, there is also the FSP Twins series, a redundant server PSU crammed into an ATX size bracket, expensive but very well built.
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    Cheap and 24/7 don't mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by Folktale View Post
    Will a cheap one do? Or should he look for server PSUs?
    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    Cheap and 24/7 don't mix
    Yeah. By "cheap", you mean "non-server", right?

    Because it's very unlikely that a "cheap" PSU will be honestly rated or engineered/constructed to work 24/7 at any high temperatures.

    Pretty sure something between "cheap" and "server PSU" is what your friend needs.

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    In reality it depends on the cost of downtime.

    * If it is a mission critical system, then only the best will do.

    * If it is a convenience then maybe one can save some money.

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    Hmmm... In my not so knowledgeable opinion, I think he could go the consumer grade PSU, but the top of the line ones, I mean the titanium and platinum ones, or if he could find server PSUs that he could use, the best rated of them all.

    FreeNAS has a hardware recommendation guide (Hardware Recommendations Guide Rev 1e, use the big orange download button.) for building your own NAS, and one important factor that they mention, for a consumer grade PSU for server use, is that the PSU should use Double Bearing fans. For Brands and models, they recommend Seasonic G (Minimum) and X series (Platinum); Corsair RM, HX and, highly recommended by them, the AX series (The plain ones, not the i variants, because non-i are re-branded Seasonic X series); and Supermicro PSUs (Server grade PSUs), but I don't know if you could fit one of the Supermicro on a consumer grade chasis without heavy modification.

    ... Yes, I plan to make my own NAS in the not so near future, poi. u_u
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Dash Reed View Post
    the AX series (The plain ones, not the i variants, because those are re-branded Seasonic X series)
    Current Corsair AXi series PSUs are build by Flextronics, not Seasonic, the old AX series was by Seasonic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomegamer919 View Post
    Current Corsair AXi series PSUs are build by Flextronics, not Seasonic, the old AX series was by Seasonic.
    Yeah, that's what I was trying to meant but wrote bad. XD Editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awesomegamer919 View Post
    Generally it's not too much of an issue, if you believe there will be high ambient temps and noise is no issue then perhaps look into a unit with a Dual Ball Bearing fan. If your budget is high, there is also the FSP Twins series, a redundant server PSU crammed into an ATX size bracket, expensive but very well built.
    TXm has Rifle bearing. Better than double ball bearing or on par?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    Cheap and 24/7 don't mix
    By cheap I mean cheap like TXm or EAG pro.
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