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    Default EA 380 too loud. Replace with what? Seasonic X-650 :-))

    My first build was in an Antec 4480II, now gratefully dead. A year ago my system died and I needed a new computer in a hurry. Rather than wait four weeks for a new Dell I decided to build, and had to do my homework in a hurry.

    The machine is now on my daughter's desk where it is in the open, not inside a cabinet. We can hear the blessed EA 380 that came with the case. Blowing the dust out quiets it, but it is still audible, so I'm wanting to replace it.

    Cpu: i7 860, Auto voltage, default clock (2.8GHz + Turbo Boost)
    RAM: 8GB Ripjaws at default voltage and clock
    Vidcard: Non-OC'd GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
    HD: Barracuda 7200.12
    CPU cooling: Megahalems with 9S1212L401 (lower speed version of the fan Seasonic uses for its psu's)
    For the future: an SSD

    As you can see, it's a modest build. I could put a passive psu in it, but then I'd have to arrange for some case ventilation. Except for the vidcard and obnoxious psu fan, the fan on the Megahalems is the only one in the case.

    Any suggestions for a psu? Yeah, I know I could ask around at SPCR, but I'd rather get some ideas first from people who know psu's.

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    This one is nice and quiet (and not too expensive):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151094

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    Hmm I dug out a discussion thread on SPCR for the S12II 520, which led me to a review by Maluku of the Antec Neo ECO, which is apparently identical to the S12II 520. He said " It's not going to win any silence awards but it's going to be very quiet most of the time."

    Wolf liked the Seasonic, though. Hmm. But it is in the price range I'm looking at.
    Core i7 4770K @4.3GHz + iGPU | GA-Z87X-UD4H | 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3@1600MHz
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehume View Post
    Hmm I dug out a discussion thread on SPCR for the S12II 520, which led me to a review by Maluku of the Antec Neo ECO, which is apparently identical to the S12II 520. He said " It's not going to win any silence awards but it's going to be very quiet most of the time."

    Wolf liked the Seasonic, though. Hmm. But it is in the price range I'm looking at.
    I had that in mind when I wroted my last post.

    Short story: you have a sub-200W config and this PSU is very quiet under <250W load, so in your case it's an optimal choice (price/performance/noise).

    BTW I almost forgot:


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    Well, Seasonic and Newegg made up my mind for me. At this page I found I could get a Seasonic X-650 for 109.99 with a promotional code of EMCZYZR42. Bought one.

    What it means is that this rig will never turn the fan on, even though it gets fairly warm inside this stuffy case.

    So now I am up to three Seasonics: two X-650's and an Antec TPN750 made by Seasonic.

    And this came after I spent nearly three hours researching psu's in the 450-550W range. I guess Murphy's Law is how you make your luck.
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    Well, Seasonic and Newegg made up my mind for me. At this page I found I could get a Seasonic X-650 for 109.99 with a promotional code of EMCZYZR42.

    Yeah, I thought about posting on the bargain section, but I'm not sure how well(or not) Newegg enforces the promo codes. They imply that you need to be an "e-blast" subscriber. Hence, I never know if I should pass them on?(the sales and codes)

    I guess I should read up on their policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdk777 View Post
    Yeah, I thought about posting on the bargain section, but I'm not sure how well(or not) Newegg enforces the promo codes. They imply that you need to be an "e-blast" subscriber. Hence, I never know if I should pass them on?(the sales and codes)

    I guess I should read up on their policies.
    Heh. It takes about 10 seconds to become a subscriber. I suspect this is on special to run out the supplies before the X-660's come it. They just did that with GA-P55A-UD3P mb's.
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    Fractal Design Define R5 case w/2 x NF-A14 ULN front fans | no exhaust fan; grill removed
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    is it quiet now?
    im interested t know after how long the fan turns on and how long it does so, because since you mentioned you have low airflow and heat rises...it will all end up in the psu.
    also, since you are getting a fanless psu, you ay want to intorudce a very low airflow/quiet exhaust case fan, so the heat doesnt pool up in the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovenose View Post
    is it quiet now?
    im interested t know after how long the fan turns on and how long it does so, because since you mentioned you have low airflow and heat rises...it will all end up in the psu.
    also, since you are getting a fanless psu, you ay want to intorudce a very low airflow/quiet exhaust case fan, so the heat doesnt pool up in the case.
    They just shipped the X-650 yesterday. Your concern about a fanless psu is exactly why I got this psu rather than a true fanless model. This one will turn the fan on at a certain point.

    The heat doesn't pool because I removed the rear grill. you can feel the cpu fan's output at the rear of the case.

    Core i7 4770K @4.3GHz + iGPU | GA-Z87X-UD4H | 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3@1600MHz
    Prolimatech Armageddon heatsink w/ 2 x 140mm NF-A14 PWM fans
    Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD | WD Black 4TB file disk | WD Red 3TB backup disk
    Fractal Design Define R5 case w/2 x NF-A14 ULN front fans | no exhaust fan; grill removed
    PSU Seasonic X-650 Gold

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