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Hi all,

Yeey, finally I registered, I consider this site to be the verdict in my PSU decision making...

I am looking to upgrade my old 1000W Zalman PSU to somthing newer.

My criteria:
*I would like to get ~850W (want to have ample space for upgrades as I can never rule out a possibility of tri-way SLI and have a lot of HDD's (4 HDD's + 3 SSD) and I'm doing a bit of overclocking as well).
*I want pretty much the best. Or something that is reasonably priced. ATM I'm thinking about 150 but wouldn't mind going over 200 or more. This is my upgrade for the next 5-7 years.
*Energy efficiency is key. Platinum is minimum and Titanium would be preferred if possible.
*Quietness is good. Would like the PSU to be as quiet as possible.
*I like bells and whistles. If possible I am looking for features like the Corsair AXi has to be able to monitoring your power consumption and other stats.

At the moment I am looking at Corsair AXi 860 as it seems to be one of the best PSU's available (What is exactly the difference between AXi and HXi?). What do you guys say? If there is something better can please someone advise me please?
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The AXi is digital.

You can get the EVGA Supernova P2 1000W for 150.

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Thanks for your reply Lemmy.

What is wrong with a digital one though?

Wouldn't 1000W be a total overkill? I thought 850W was a lot as at the moment I am barely scraping 500W.
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There's nothing wrong a digital PSU, in fact it's better. The Corsair Link software allows you not only to monitor the PSU but also set up OCP on the 12V rails, that's the main difference between HXi and AXi.

1000W might be overkill, but the EVGA has and excelent price/performance ration and fits your budget.
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On Amazon.co.uk the AX860i is 176 which is not an issue for me. As long as it is a really good PSU I'm not too bothered by the price.

I noticed a lot of recommendations for people to stick with HXi instead of AXi so was wondering if that is only due to price or HX has other advantages.
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I thought 850W was a lot as at the moment I am barely scraping 500W.
Which system?
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as I can never rule out a possibility of tri-way SLI
Nothing the matter with going with a 1000 watt if it better priced than a 850.

If you want to play with the voltage and real-time PSU monitoring...the AXI is your only real choice.

The HXI, allows you to monitor, but does not allow you to actually control the voltage.
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Sorry for disappearing for few days, busy at work.

Well the more powerful the PSU the more heavy the price but I am sure that 850 would suit my requirements for a while. Hopefully it can last ~5-7 years.

I would probably like to play with the voltages and rails but I probably need to learn a lot more about it first. Though I love the monitoring stuff and I actually use it from time to time.

What got me concerned is after reading comments on Amazon I noticed that there were a lot of failed units (AXi's). Is that the case or has Corsair fixed that? Also I noticed on the Corsair forum that JohnnyGuru has an AX860i as well (at least it was in his signature), so that should mean that its a good PSU, right...right...right?
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he works with Corsair...so there is that.

But yeah, it is certainly one of the best.

Seems like they had a fair number of complaints on New-egg also. However that could be the Highest expectations kind of complaints...(does not perform magic levitation displays for my friends and family...wash dishes...walk the dog)

I wouldn't hesitate myself...nothing is perfect.

Perhaps he will respond if there were any specific problems resolved.
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Yeah. It's more like "I bought the most expensive PSU in the world and it didn't work" complaints. The actual failure rate is < 2%. Corsair has much higher failure rates from PSUs from vendors other than Flextronics.
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