Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 / Intel Core2Duo 6420 / 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 800MHz / WD 36GB Raptor (OS) / Seagate 80GB SATA (Games) / 2xWD 250GB SATA RAID1 (Downloads) / Maxtor 160GB SATA (Temporary space for DVD burning) / XFX 7800GT w/ AcceleroX1 / Lite-On 16x DL DVD +/- RW / Ultra X-Connect 500W UV PSU / Logitech MX510 / Windows XP Home / 22" WS Westinghouse LCD Monitor @ 1680x1050
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Z77 GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER
G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133
Asus Blu-ray burner
Seasonic X650 PSU
Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD
I've always been a Seasonic user (recently Corsair, but I understand they're basically just rebranded Seasonics). But I'm in the process of building a new system and someone recommended a Coolermaster Real Power 550W, and when I checked it out, it looked pretty good.
E6420 w/ Zalman 7500Cu (possibly going with the new E6540 when it comes out on July 22)
EVGA nForce 680i LT
EVGA 8800GTS 320mb ACS3 KO
4gb Corsair PC6400
Creative X-Fi Extreme Gamer
I'm going to have a dual TV tuner and a load of extra case fans, but I assume they won't exactly be straining the PSU too much?
Since I started using Seasonic I've never really looked back, but the Coolermaster seems good, and I like their other products. Biggest thing is I'm a little strapped for cash, and the Coolermaster is about €50 cheaper... I'm willing to spend the extra money if I have to, but every little helps? Would the Coolermaster be a bad idea?
Also, correct me if I'm wrong... but the Coolermaster kinda looks like the S12... is it just that that is the kind of "standard" design on PSUs, or am I possibly looking at ANOTHER rebranded Seasonic?
I'm upgrading to an Intel q6600 and EVGA Intel 775 MB. Gonna have 4 GB of DDR2 OCZ Reaper Memory PC6400. I will be upgrading my Video Card, but for now its just an X800XL. I have a Seasonic S12 430W PSU. Will that be enough for when I upgrade the video card to a 9800 GTX? Or should I also be looking to upgrade the PSU?
Maxtor 7l300 -300GB SATA Drive
Seagate - 160GB SATA Drive
Do you know how many amps you get on your 12v rails? Your system certainly won't use 430w of power, but that video card uses a good amount. I recommend upgrading to above 500w. The minimum recommend for the 9800GTX is 450w with 24amps on the 12v.
580w, 35amps on 12v $59.99 (it's a good brand, I've recommended it and seen it used before)
If you want to spend a little more for Antec (a more known brand) and for more on the 12v (although 35amps is more than enough) here's a couple:
Or anything else. Just get at least 500w and at least 29amps on the 12v. It's good to be above the minimum recommended.
Im with crisis on this one, it will run i just dont know how the vid card will do with the 12v rails. 550w or 650w are also in the S12 line
Crisis and Der Meister - Thank you both. I guess that I will have to upgrade the PSU before I get the new video card. MB and CPU come first
Corsair are indeed made by Seasonic with Corsairs requested specs. Still awesome PSU's.
I have several friends in the UK and Germany who swear by Hiper as well.
Two links that I hope no one else posted earlier that I found very good and informative.
Why most PSU reviews are innaccurate. An eye opener for sure
Power supply calculator. Not perfect but a good ball park indicator. If you pay 2 bucks for the pro version it even helps calculate the amp needs for all the rails.
I used to carry a hammer in my computer tool kit. Just for fixing the packard Bells though.......
Awesome informative thread. I was going to ask about corsair not seeing it in the thread starter but the question is answered above.
Corsair also uses CWT.
yeah! it is a good information guide for PSU. like you say, the proper brand Dell for example, should match itself PSUs and Motherboard .
All my psu questioned answered at once! Forall the hard work to help us out. I just found this site today off a Facebook post...so stoked!
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