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    ok to start this is all going to be quoted from pcper forums post a buddy of mine over there did, its VERY informitive and gives a good list of who makes what psu's!!!

    this guide is a bit old, prices have droped alot since it was put out but the info is all still valid.

    note tho that antech has started buying lesser psu's from other OEM's and as such should be avoided for now since you duno if u are gonna get a good one or a squeeler.(bad caps)
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    Intresting information, albiet a bit biased. This article(post) doesn't realy address the new power hungry Video Graphics cards; it kind of stop focus at the 6800 to 7800 series. Also leaves the whole dual/quad core thing wide open. Not suprising though that PSU's are manufactured by one particular company and "re-badged" and marketed under several names. As for the final answer to all PSU questions, it's not!!
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    After reading this i kinda wish i went with a high quality PSU now that i may or may not be having PSU problems. This is my PSU

    I'm running a Pentium D, two normal IDE Hard drives, two DVD-/+R Drives 2x 512MB sticks of ram and the problem Im having is connecting a BFG 7600GT OC card that doesn't have a 6-pin PCI-E connector.

    My last computer was on a 430W Antec PSU running the same thing expect with a Pentium 4 and an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. I think i really should test out the Antec on my new system to see if thats what was doing it.

    Thanks, i feel i know now to be a little more careful when picking out my power supply, but when i did so i was looking for the cheapest and i didn't think i needed that good of a power supply since i wasn't running a massive machine.
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    quad cores dont excist really m8, u mean intles 2x2 then yeah but still they arent very power hungery really, and the 6800/7800 where the best cards from nvidia at the time he wrote this.
    really any psu from the top companys will power an x1900 card without worrie,people worrie to much about rated wattege insted of build quility and true ampage.

    my 2 305watt 15amp 12v rail enermax(like 4-5 years old if not more) can both power this whole system even under full gaming without faultering, where i have seen 650-750 watt psu's fail to work with a 9800se becuse the card drew to much power!!!!!

    any fortron400+ watt dual rail unit(like mine) or epower dual rail 400+watt unit will power a heavly loaded system without a problem, my psu dosnt even get warm(its not struggling) after 6-8hrs strate of gaming, yet its BELOW the "requiered wattage" specs given for an x1900xt(check how much stuff i got in this system)

    please remmber that this guide is over a year old, he hasnt updated it because it was in the chaintech forums and chaintech stoped making motherboards.

    but the info as i said is still good, it gives you what you need to know to choose a decent psu without paying an arm+legg+left nut+first born child
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    thermaltake i avoid, i had 2 of their tr2 410watt psus blow in a row, wasnt worth paying to ship it back for rma!!!!

    i feel ur pain, honesty my 305watt enermax units kick the crap out of all but 1 TT psu and that ones made by forton i think(google around for the model)

    my advice try the antech, and grab a psu like mine, they are like 40bucks at the egg!!!
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    Im gonna post a list of some good choices for value priced HIGH QUILITY psu's.

    i will split this by price ranges from cheap to not so cheap(i dont do over priced sorry)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817189003
    40bucks xcilo 450 watt with Output +3.3V@32A, +5V@30A, +12V1@15A, +12V2@17A, -12V@0.3A, +5VSB@2A good brand with nice strong 12v rails.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104953
    44bucks fortron 400watt with +3.3V@22A, +5V@21A, +12V1@18A, +12V2@16A, -12V@0.3A, +5VSB@2A
    this is the unit i use for my current config, rock solid voltege, even with all that stuff pluged into it!!! also spec wise its bette then the 450watt version(check 12v rail amps)

    for SLI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817189005
    xcilo GoodPower500watt +3.3V@30A; +5V@28A; -5V@0.5A; +12V1@16A; +12V2@17A; -12V@0.3A; +5VSB@2.0A
    good units, pretty much anything by xcilo is a good buy.

    now for a less known brand, Scythe, dont assume they are a no name company just because you may not have heard of them, they make VERY good coolers for cpus as well as other devices, infact i use these in servers alot of times because they have never failed me.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817185007
    59bucks 400watt but heres the kicker +3.3V@28A,+5V@37A,+12V1@20A,+12V2@20A,-12V@1A,-5V@0.8A,+5VSB@2.5A
    take not of the 12v amps, those are REAL amps, also note that the unit has insain airflow thanks to the uniq schythe grill design!!!! i have used in the range of 50+ of their psu's and none have failed yet.

    Epower(oem topower)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817101013
    70bucks 650watts +3.3V@30A,+5V@54A,+12V1@20A,+12V2@20A,-12V@0.8A,-5@0.5A,+5VSB@2.5A
    again note the 12v rails, crazy strong!!!!!! and yes those are real amps not fudged numbers like cheap crap units use.

    for those who want a higher class psu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104934
    fortron blue storn units,500watt +3.3V@30A, +5V@28A, +12V1@15A, +12V2@15A, -12V@0.5A, +5Vsb@2.0A

    any of these will power anything you throw at it without a problem, but for those who are going with 8800 sli's heres the unit for you

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104028
    fortron dual psu, 500watt main system psu, 300watt GPU psu,(800watts total)
    you can read the other specs its around 165bucks, beyond what i would spend on a psu.

    thats a good list of psu's, there are others that are good deals, but these are sure things!!!!
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    Coolermaster iGreen 600W, save money on your power bills :D.
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    if u wana save on power bill get seasonic, they are the most EE units on the market, i avoid cooler master for the most part, their cpu coolers are ok, but i have had nothing but bad exp's with their psu's
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    What causes that PSU high pitched hum and how can it be avoided? This new Thermaltake seems like its has a little bit louder hum than my Antec, but im not 100% sure. I don't really notice it if im listening to music and then not focusing on the hum.
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    DIBL yes the egg reviews to date are ok, but the problem is that antech has started cheaping out on psu's again, they do this from time to time, years back they started selling units that where as bad as codegen/foxconn units are now!!!!

    the high pitched squeel is from bad caps used in cheap psu's.

    honestly avoid antech for now and tt for life!!!(get the fortron 700/750 if you want the same unit as the toughtpower)
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    hi

    thanks for ur useful info...

    its rocking..

    keep updating:toast:

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