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    Default Need a PSU recommendation, here are my choices

    Hey, thanks for all of your recommendations. I went with the 600W ultra for $50 which was back in stock this morning. It's kind of ironic that after all of my research I bought a PSU I hadn't considered before. Anyway, I know the wattage isn't necessarily adequate for SLI, but it was such a good deal I couldn't really pass it up. If/when I ever go SLI, I'll just move this excellent PSU into one of my other systems.

    Thanks for all of your help.

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    What do you guys think of the Ultra X-pro 600W? I can get it for $50. I know jonny reviewed it very highly, but it's also a last-last-gen PSU.

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    Hey jonny I hope you don't mind that I cross-posted this on anandtech also. I just want as much input as possible.

    I'm looking for the best value since I'm kind of on a budget. My system is an e8400 which I would like to overclock as much as possible, 1x 8800GT, 2 hard disks and 2x1GB or RAM. I would like some room to grow, which means probably up to 4 gigs of RAM, maybe another 8800GT or whatever next-gen video cards may be released in the next year.

    I've been researching PSU reviews for the last couple of hours and I've narrowed down my options to these. I'm interested in these different attributes, in order from most important to least: efficiency, voltage regulation, quietness.

    All of my options link to frozencpu.com because they're local to me and I can drive down and pick up a unit today. If there is a deal that is a much better value online, I'm open to suggestions. Here they are, in no particular order.

    Gigabyte Odin 550W for $155

    Cooler Mater Real Power Pro 850W for $145

    Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W for $110

    Silverstone Olympia OP650 for $130

    Aerocool Horsepower 750W for $160

    Thanks.
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    The Silverstone should do it.

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    Either Silverstone.
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    Oops, I meant the Strider. But yeah, they'll both do.

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    How quiet is the stride?. I haven't found any thorough reviews that address this point, but I did see a user review on frozencpu where the user claimed it was quite loud.

    I assumed that any PSU with a large fan like that would be quiet. Perhaps he just got a bad unit?

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    I've personally experienced the OP650, and it was a real nice PSU in my opinion. If it helps any, I couldn't hear the fan on it for the life of me, and it never did cause me any problems. Now that I have the money though, I'm definitely going to stick with modular PSUs. You might look into the Decathalon series and see if anything strikes your fancy.

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