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I'm looking for a good PSU for my latest round of upgrade's, It has a plain old dvd burner with plans for an blu-ray, a brand new amd X3 720 BE, a brand new Gigabyte 890GPA, Also a brand new 1 terabyte HD, and a 2 gig stick of ddr3 that I have yet to buy. I dot have a lot of money for those that have not see it in one of my previous post I can't work any more and money is tight so it's taken some time to get the other parts. this will be a Birthday gift for me on this july 24th from dear old mom and grandma I will most likely get around $150 to $200. Bellow is a link to one PSU I'm looking at please let me know if it's a good one if you ever used it are let me know of a better one.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5250581&CatId=2534

Thanks to all in advanced for the great answers I know that you will all give.
Bob
 
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don't get it will die on you less then a week
 
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Ive ran Coolmax for years with no problems. The current one I am running has worked perfectly for about 2.5 years under 5 or 6 different builds. ;)
 

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Thanks all, I can probably add some more cash and go up to around $100 to $125 and if I would wait until the end of july $150 but I'm tired of using my wife's computer and she's tired:slap: of me using it also.
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Corsair, PC power & Cooling, Seasonic, Silverstone thats about it
 
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^^ Antec.
 
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I suggest you add some more and take this instead:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3438607&CatId=1483

You don't need 850W unit and this Corsair is certainly much better... Coolmax, to be honest, i never heard of them. Tigerdirect doesn't seem to have any Seasonic units and they also don't have lower end Silverstone Striders/Dechathlones which are also very good. I suggest you take the Corsair...
Thanks all, I can probably add some more cash and go up to around $100 to $125 and if I would wait until the end of july $150 but I'm tired of using my wife's computer and she's tired:slap: of me using it also.
Bob



I would agree here but at 109.99 after a rebate you cannot beat this psu, get this and it's all you need and then some. It is hands down the best PSU in it's classCORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 ...
 
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some antecs are good others are complete junk im not familar with which lones are which thus why i stick with the big 4 above
 
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But does he really need 850W monster? His system is like half of mine and my HX750 is hardly utilized. I mean, last time i checked with watt-o-meter my system was using roughly 380W during a UT3 bot match with 64 bots. Shouldn't use more than 450W under very heavy load. TX650 will be enough even for further upgrades unless you'll go SLi/Crossfire.

But if you really have to, TX750 or TX850 are decent price/performance units.
 
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#12
When I was doing PSU research I came across quite a few post in various forums saying to avoid that model like the plague. Additionally there are many complaints on newegg concerning OCZ's rebates. Anecdotal evidence is usually weighted towards negative experiences, but there seems to be something fishy with OCZ in general.

@ OP: Why do you need an 850w PSU? A good high efficiency 350-400w model like this, this or this would be more than enough for your needs. I can say from experience that Corsair honors their rebates and PSU warranties; Seasonic has always been rock solid as well over the long haul (as evident by their 5 year warranty).
 
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For budget systems I have had great luck with Antec Earthwatts PSU's. Haven't had a single one come back yet.
 
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Corsairs, Enermaxs, PCP&C, Seasonics are good..
make sure you pick PSU's from one of them..
 
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Are these Silverstone Olympia any good? I only heard that Stride series are good. And Decathlone.
 
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Chieftec wasnt so bad, and relatively cheap. But of course, if you have the chance, OCZ or Corsair will do better.
 
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If you're looking for decent and cheap PSU's, look at LC Power. Good units for dirty little money.
Many will disagree with me, but i only have positive experience with them.
 

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Thanks, There are other up grades I want to do when I get the money, like a 57** or 58** GPU. don't think it matter's but I'm running duel monitor's crt's I want to get lcd's but as I said earlier money is tight. I also have plan's for a Blu Ray burner and another hard drive or two. I do a lot of photoshop and video editing with it. The room it's in is on the same wall as our bedroom tv and I will connect it up to it to use the windows media center. I probably should of added that from the start, I just want to make sure I have something that will last most further upgrades.
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Coolmax uses a shitty oem I would go with one of the ones jr poster
 

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#24
FSP/Sparkle Makes decent bargain PSUs in the 500-600W range. OCZ uses them for their ModStream/SteathStream series I think.


Other than that, Ultras, Coolermasters, and Apevias are alright for low-budget. Besides being heavily overrated. they are actually not too shabby, just make sure to subtract ~150W to get their real outputs.

But Id suggest a lower-end Corsair/Seasonic/Antec/PC Power&Cooling/Enermax regardless. The fact is a usually an 400W Corsair gives more and cleaner power than a 650W Generic.
 

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Thanks all, I can probably add some more cash and go up to around $100 to $125 and if I would wait until the end of july $150 but I'm tired of using my wife's computer and she's tired:slap: of me using it also.
Bob
The Corsair HX650 would be a good deal. However, if you want something cheeper, go for the Corsair TX series