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Hi, atm i have a Q-Tec 550w Triple Fan PSU, and i have been having trouble for a while with it now. Today i decided to check the voltages on it. They are really low, and with the amount of kit i have in my rig, i really dont want it to blow up or anything like that.

Voltages:
+3.3v = 3.36v
+5v = 4.17v
+12v = 11.86v
-12v = -8.91v
-5v = 1.59v


It also sometimes if left all day switched on will produce stupid amounts of heat, to the point that it is better that the large radiator in my room. :eek:

The Q-Tec is actually gold plated btw, so in my opinion it really shudnt be getting that hot. :(

I would like advice as too which PSU to get to replace the current one.

I have a limit of about £100.. about $180-$220

And the new PSU has to be able to handle my current needs, and last for a new SLI & Athlon 64-X2 upgrade in the future. :D

Thanks in Advance

Adam
 

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AceFactor said:
Hi, atm i have a Q-Tec 550w Triple Fan PSU, and i have been having trouble for a while with it now. Today i decided to check the voltages on it. They are really low, and with the amount of kit i have in my rig, i really dont want it to blow up or anything like that.

Voltages:
+3.3v = 3.36v
+5v = 4.17v
+12v = 11.86v
-12v = -8.91v
-5v = 1.59v


It also sometimes if left all day switched on will produce stupid amounts of heat, to the point that it is better that the large radiator in my room. :eek:

The Q-Tec is actually gold plated btw, so in my opinion it really shudnt be getting that hot. :(

I would like advice as too which PSU to get to replace the current one.

I have a limit of about £100.. about $180-$220

And the new PSU has to be able to handle my current needs, and last for a new SLI & Athlon 64-X2 upgrade in the future. :D

Thanks in Advance

Adam




amounts are funny .... btw. in my game rig i use an acbel psu marked400w 200~20$
i dunno if u can find it but if wanna spend that kind of money for psu , also can take look @ this ...



• 850W continuous and 950W peak power
• NVIDIA® SLI™ READY component
• Four +12V rails @ 17A ea. (12V1-V4=54A/62A pk.)
• Extended ATX form factor fits most std cases
• High-efficiency design (85%) with .99 PFC
• The tightest voltage regulation (+VDC @ 1%)
• Dual PCI Express video power connectors
• 15 drive connectors (6 SATA, 8 Molex, 1 mini)
 

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Enermax 600W.
 

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What are the prices in £ sterling of those PSU's, and what are the main features. . not well explained! :D

Thanks

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I reccomend Tagan if your in Europe and that Q-Tec is a Bargain Basement Paperweight(no wait its to light to be a Paperweight) See some Tagans Here at good prices to boot
 
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amounts are funny .... btw. in my game rig i use an acbel psu marked400w 200~20$
i dunno if u can find it but if wanna spend that kind of money for psu , also can take look @ this ...



• 850W continuous and 950W peak power
• NVIDIA® SLI™ READY component
• Four +12V rails @ 17A ea. (12V1-V4=54A/62A pk.)
• Extended ATX form factor fits most std cases
• High-efficiency design (85%) with .99 PFC
• The tightest voltage regulation (+VDC @ 1%)
• Dual PCI Express video power connectors
• 15 drive connectors (6 SATA, 8 Molex, 1 mini)
Thats like a $600 PSU. :rolleyes:

-Dan
 

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Thanks for the link!! :)

I also saw all that list, that there is a set of PSU by a company called Hyper. Have you ever used them, and will they do the job, as i see they are recommended by AMD for 65 bit CPU's. :D

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Thats like a $600 PSU. :rolleyes:

-Dan
nope ,dan . @ first it was only 250$ ..... :)
 
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Well I dont know much about Hyper's but Tagan are Top Quality PSU's you name a Bell and Whistle Tagan has it,its pretty much Future Proof as far as Connectors go,every connection is Gold Plated,including the wall plug(and GOLD plated not "gold" painted like your current PSU)IMO they are the best Quality to $$s PSU you can get
 
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nope ,dan . @ first it was only 250$ ..... :)
I saw it on a site, the first time I saw it mind you, and it was going for $600 :eek: Must of droped quite a bit.

-dan
 

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I have had a look at Tagan PSU's i just though the Hiper looked as if it was designed for my PC, since i'm running Athlon 64, and not P4. The Hipers are certified by AMD for 64bit processors.

BTW, my current Q-Tec is gold PLATED. .not PAINTED . . . :p

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LMAO they shoulda saved their money thenand put some of "gold" where it would do something.I have one in my storage room(my wife blew her old one and took it upon herself to get it replaced) and if gold plating the case of it actually did something EVERYBODY would do it and TRUST ME ITS JUST GOLD PAINT.Tagans on the other hand paint the HS inside black cuz it has a purpose.
As for the Hiper they are newcomers and their specs look good on paper just dont go on the "Certified" bit as that means nothing you want something with the right plugs(futureproofing i.e PCI/24Pin)and good Amps on the Rails
 
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I know people don't like to admit it, and for the life of me I don't know why. But the best PSU on the market, especially for those that like to push their oc limits, is the OCZ Powerstreams. There's a dude over on the XtremeSystems forums that has actually bench tested many of the top level psu's on the market. And even though some of them had higher specs and wattage than the OCZ, the OCZ comes out on top.
 

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Hey, thanks quazi. .can you get me a link to the benchmark tests?

Thanks

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4 sure . it's been around 250$ about 3 month ago @ guru3d ...k....
 
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ocz powerstream, any model absolutely rocks! (ive got a 520w)
 

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ocz powerstream, any model absolutely rocks! (ive got a 520w)
I concur. :D
 

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Ok, final decisions here, i have a choice:

Tagan TG580-U22 580w >£79.43

Thermaltake Silent Purepower 680w >£79.41

Enermax EG701AX-VE (W) SMFA 600w >£93.06

Akasa PowerPlus 650w >£92.12

Enermax EG851AX-VH 660W >£140.88

OCZ PowerStream 600W >£152.48

Which one should i choose, can anyone give me links to reviews?

I really want to know one which will handle my current setup, and is defianately future proof?

Btw, i dont mind paying the extra for one of the more expensive listed power supplies, if they are worth it :D

Thanks

-Adam

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I don't think you need a 600 watt psu, a little overkill to my mind. I would have to say the 520watt version of the Powerstream, it has a 600watt max power and will be plenty enought. The only advantage with the 600 watt version is that it has dual 12v rails.

-Dan
 

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I just wanted it to be future proof, and i didnt want to go lower in wattage compared to what i have atm - an EZ-Cool 550w :(

Those PSU's listed are my only real choice, and i just need a bit of help deciding ;) I've never bought a decent PSU before :eek:

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well you know what Im gonna reccomend ;) The Tagan, it has every Bell and Whistle you could imagine has all the "future" connectors its VERY quiet, the quality is phenomonal for the price e.g ALL connectors are gold plated including the wall plug. 3yr Warranty, Active PFC,Dedicated GFX Molexs(with EMI suppressors) and ROCK SOLID voltage( I have tested my 420 extensively with a Voltmeter)
IMO they truly are the highest quality PSU's for the money giving things more expensive PSU don't
 

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Thanks INSTG8R, i just really wanted to know what the PSU's were like in real life, becasue i need rock solid rails really, i think you have helped me stay with my 1st choice, which is the Tagan TG580-U22 :D

Thanks

-Adam

*btw i am being serious*
 
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I have a tagan 480 in a quite overloaded system (7 hard drives, X800Xl, clocked venice 64)... but I know it's quality. I dont really worry about it, but sometimes the voltage dips on the +12v rail, to 11.78 or so, before returning to 11.85-11.9. This is often seen when launching games or something like that.

Should I be worried about this and if so is there anything i can do about it? I have one of the earlier Tagan 480s, one with Sata power connectors but no SLI stuff or removable internal cables).

Thanks for any thoughts.