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  1. Exodus

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    Hey guys

    I need to find a new PSU for my next rig. I was thinking of getting the Cooler master VSM 550w but I'm not sure if it's the best choice and I would like to find a cheaper and fully modular PSU that still perform great.

    I'm not sure what my rig will look like yet. It will either be:

    Processor: I5 4690k
    Motherboard: Z97 mATX board
    CPU cooler: H220/Fractal T12/S24
    RAM: Fury 2 x 4GB DDR3 1866
    GPU : directCU II R9 290 4GB
    Storage: mx100 256GB
    PSU: ???
    Case: Bitfenix Aegis

    or

    Processor: I5 4690k
    Motherboard: Z97 board
    CPU cooler: H220/Fractal T12/S24
    RAM: Fury 2 x 4GB DDR3 1866
    GPU : directCU II R9 290 4GB ( I'm thinking of making a crossfire setup later on)
    Storage: mx100 256GB
    PSU: ???
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe

    I'm waiting to get more info on the cases before making a decision.

    I would like to be able to overclock everything in both cases.

    For the second build, I would like to be able to make a crossfire setup. I was recommended the Evga G2 series and they really looks to be solid PSU. Will the 750w version be powerful enough to power the whole build?

    For the second build, I don't want to make crossfire. I think 550w will be enough. Which fully modular (if possible) PSU would the best choice?


    Have a great day and thanks if you answer.
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    for one 290 550w will be enough if you dont oc
    for cf 290 750w is ok again if you dont oc.
    if you are going to cf dont take directcu. they run hottest from all non ref cards. better look at msi gaming or sapphire trixx or vaporx
    as for the psu brand.
    xfx black edition or evga super nova, coolermaster V series but i think their smallest is 700W or any seasonic.
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    I do not see a budget but ill try to suggest some reasonable one for ya:

    EVGA SuperNova Gold 850
    Good PSU and will handle a CFX 290 with overclocked CPU without a frett. Probably one of the better buys right now on newegg compared to the others.

    As far as brands go, Seasonic is generally one of the top brands along with EVGA and Corsair. There are other good brands as well but those are at least my top ones (I also include Rosewill on the top side of the PSU market as they make some great PSU's.
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    This is honestly an amazing PSU, I have one and I simply love it! No troubles at all, and it never produces any noise
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    Better safe than sorry go for a 750w Seasonic or at least designed by Seasonic and sold by Corsair, XFX for example although make sure as they tend to use other brands\designs too.. I keep hearing about FSP PSU's and how good they are but have not had any personal experience with them..

    Your system may not require a 750w to run but having plenty of room for wear and tear and not forceing a PSU to near it's max is a good thing for efficiency life of the PSU.
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    Id look at the Evga Supernova G2 750w. Id love to have the 850w unit myself for my rig (mainly to get rid of the blue on my HX850 since it does not match my systems color scheme whatsoever)
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    Reviews of the EVGA Supernova G2 750 and 850 are very good.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=380
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/SuperNOVA_G2_750/11.html
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    I mainly like the EVGA Units for the warranty. The price for the 850w G2 on Newegg is awesome too. $139.99 OR $109.99 with MIR.
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    Thanks for all your answers :D

    You confirmed my thoughts of the Evga G2. So if I want to able to make a R9 290 crossfire the Evga G2 750w will be enough if I don't overclock? And 850 if I want to overclock the GPUs? The seasonic looks to be a really good PSU but I'm trying to not spend too much money.

    And if I decide to not make a crossfire setup and keep just one card, which PSU should I get? The Cooler Master VSM isn't fully modular and the XFX XTR isn't avaible.
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    If it were my computer, I'd get this PSU (same one thebluebumblebee linked to):
    Seasonic SS-760XP2 760w 80+ Platinum

    If you are in the USA, it even has a $25 rebate right now and $45 off (code: EMCYTZG587 )


    Edit: I would also strongly recommend staying away from 4 GiB sticks of RAM. If you can't afford two 8 GiB sticks, just buy one and grab another when you can afford it/need it. You don't buy a 290 if you don't intend to game and the memory requirements for games are going to go in 8+ GiB territory within the next two years.


    Edit: "Modular" usually means the 20+4 pin and 4+4 pin (maybe a 6+2 for graphics card too) are hard wired where fully modular means they are removable as well. The only situation where fully modular is preferable to modular is if you're not going to be using them (e.g. using it as a secondary PSU to run hard drives, pumps, and the like).

    If the price on the SeaSonic wasn't amazing and you were okay with modular, I'd go with this:
    ENERMAX Platimax EPM750AWT 750W 80+ Platinum
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    iirc @fullinfusion was pulling over 1000w at the wall running an overclocked 3770k and a pair of overclocked R290's so consider going on the high side with your psu choice and get a quality unit if you are considering overclocking at some point.
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    That's about 900w DC (90% efficient PSU).
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    Wall meters are known to be inaccurate, and Furmark numbers don't reflect gaming power consumption. There is no point in over exaggerating what he needs.

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290_crossfire_review_benchmarks,4.html as you can see from there even by adding the rest of the system in equitation you won't even come close to pulling OVER 1000W.

    For single card, he can get an LZP-550 which is an excellent unit and be more than alright. For dualie, I'd third the SS-760XP2.
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    OP: I have 3 EVGA G2 units with me at the moment, so if want something just let me know.

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    Actually no he be better with a 750w not a 550w, sure it will run but running a PSU near max is inefficient and a 750w typically run best around 320w at best efficiency all so be less wear on the PSU.

    Because it can don't mean you should..

    With a single 290 he be looking at 220w-380w while gaming. If 2x290's i would go 850w.
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    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r9_290_review_benchmarks,10.html

    You aren't running an LZP-550 anywhere near max with a single 290. Hell it actually acts like a 650W unit, let alone at 550W he's more than fine.

    Looking at those numbers you'd run a single 290 more efficiently with a 550W PSU and not 750W.
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    Thanks for your answers. :) Also guys I think I need to specify my budget. The max I can spend is 110$.

    I live in Canada so both of the PSU are over what I can affordand and the last one is modular. The reason I want a fully modular power supply is because I want to change the cables for sleeved ones and having a fully modular power supply. Do you any other recommendation?

    And Can't I do the same thing with 2 x 4GB and ram when I need it and make it work in quad channel? Like 4 x 4GB?

    Ah man that one would've perfect if Newegg.ca and Newegg.com could have the same prices. It's over budget on newegg.ca and I can't find it anywhere else. Which PSU should I get that costs less than 110$ (US)?
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    Yup either way all those are great, but a 10 year warranty is a no brainer for the G2 version.
    Cheap insurance for the extra few bucks vs the B2 one.
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    Okay thanks I'll get the 750w G2 and I'll make a crossfire later on. But in case I give up on crossfire which fully modular PSU 550w PSU should I get?
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    Any of the ones listed here are good:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...IsNodeId=1&PriceMin=75&PriceMax=120&name=660W
    *note- FULL modular puts a steep premium on a psu and limits your choices :ohwell:

    ***EDIT- the Seasonic M12 II in the above link says full modular but it may not be... still a very decent unit though
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    They are factory sleeved. Why would you want to change it?

    LGA 1150 doesn't support quad-channel. LGA 2011 does (LGA 1366 is tri-channel). 16 GiB of RAM really isn't much these days. Removing 4 GiB sticks to install 8 GiB sticks is wasteful, in my opinion.
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