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    Default Some recommendations needed

    I will soon build my first rig and I want some recommendations for a PSU. I haven’t decided for all components yet, but I don’t need a nuclear plant to run my rig. I am not a gamer. I only use my PC for surfing (btw this site has become my favourite site), productivity tools like OpenOffice and some other small applications.

    All quality or semi-quality PSU’s will be enough to run my rig. I can’t see I need more than 15-20A on +12V, most of the time much less. I will have on-board sound and graphic (with the possibility to upgrade to a low-end, but not low quality graphic card).In addition I will have 1 HDD, 1 optical drive and 4 Mb DDR2 (I will have Vista Ultimate 64 for professional reasons). CPU and motherboard are still to decide.

    Requirements:
    Very high quality PSU, I consider the PSU to be the heart of my becoming rig.
    Quiet but not necessarily dead silent and high efficiency PSU. Not necessarily + 80 certified but still high efficiency
    Warranty minimum 2 years

    Optional:
    Modular, (would be nice to have modular or semi-modular cabling to increase the airflow and I don’t need all cables that come with the CPU)

    Budget for the PSU: 200$

    Single or multiple rails is not an issue.
    Fuhjyyu cap’s is a no-no
    I prefer to avoid FSP/Fortron Source, Topower and Enermax built units. (Maybe it’s just a stupid idea I have)
    The newer Antecs are not bad, but I prefer to pay a higher price to avoid Antec.

    I am a quality freak, and here is my shortlist:
    Corsair
    -VX450W, non modular ~100$
    -HX520W, ~130$, it is overkill, I know, but still

    PC Power & Cooling
    -Silencer S47ATX 470W; non-modular? ~120$, the 310W and 360W units are not available here.

    Silverstone
    -ST56ZF ~170$ non-modular? yes I know it is overkill

    Other quality brands I have been looking at, but discarded for any reasons are; Seventeam, Etasis, Enhance, Akasa, Seasonic

    Am I out of my mind if I invest in a ST56ZF or buy a 500W+ PSU?
    Is the S47ATX a Seasonic built unit or an old FSP/SPI unit?
    Is the FSP/SPI built PCP&C of lower quality than the Seasonic built units?
    Can you please give me some recommendations and/or suggest some alternatives?

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    VX450 is enough (5 years, great quality, quiet), but if you need modular PSU go for HX520.

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    I just installed the VX550 and the just the difference in fan noise is enough to be glad I did.
    For $71 after rebate worth every penny.
    If I could have fit the HX520 modular I would have bought that one, but my case can't take that extra 1/2" or so.
    My vote would be Corsair.

    Mark

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    HX520 if you aren't gonna get serious about power consumption, the modular is incredibly nice.

    If you're looking for something with more oomph, go with a VX450/550. Corsair has got it as far as PSUs go IMO.

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    I'd go for one of the Corsairs - that Silencer 470W is based on an old 5V oriented Seasonic design (the VX450 is a much better Seasonic design), and the ST56ZF is also getting pretty long in the tooth. IMO the only Silencer worth buying is the 750W... everything else has a cheaper alternative that's just as good.

    That said, I just dusted out my ST56ZF yesterday. Two years old, and you wouldn't know it by looking for bulging caps, because there weren't any

    It's not that quiet of a unit though, and group regulated.

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    Thanks a lot for your replies. I will go for Corsair HX520. It can run my rig when its sleeping and I really like the semi-modular cabling.

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