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I am so sick of PSU's that keep coil whining. I am done with Corsair and their stupid zero fan

Can anyone please recommend a good PSU brand that has no coil whine or other stupid features that can only introduce grief?

I just want to have a quiet computer and only hear the spinning fans from my case/GPU/CPU
 
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whats your spec, sometimes the sound when your system draws power highly
what about from seasonic
 
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seasonic has a good rep on PSU's. I never had seasonic though. I had silverstone and super flower. But I prefer silverstone. my 2 silverstone is i like it. No coil whine, no clicking, blah blah. Its a bit expensive though
 
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Any feedback on Antec or Cooler Master? Or thermaltake?
 
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Whiny PSU has been around since they started showing up in home. I had a C64 that whined badly. I had a Powerbook Duo dock that whined ( before I discovered internet or I could have saved $300 on repair) and more. It is almost always an inductor coil. If it's out of warranty, open the PSU and try to locate the source of the whine. A little hot glue can help kill the noise. If it works, you saved about $50 to $100 from a new PSU.
 
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I didn't think the TX models had a zero fan. Ok I guess it does. I always like SeaSonic G series

Thermaltake are junk

If you call Corsair directly they will ship you a new one first before you send your RMA in. Just complain about it. They want to keep you as a costumer

I don't know too many companies that will do that !!!
 

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Seasonic all the way :)..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Seasonic/X-750/

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151132


Whiny PSU has been around since they started showing up in home. I had a C64 that whined badly. I had a Powerbook Duo dock that whined ( before I discovered internet or I could have saved $300 on repair) and more. It is almost always an inductor coil. If it's out of warranty, open the PSU and try to locate the source of the whine. A little hot glue can help kill the noise. If it works, you saved about $50 to $100 from a new PSU.
Yes but seems like there is more than one issue. like with the fan not spinning.. It's trying but fails. Maybe a bad fan..
 
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No it's spinning. But it looks like if it's not a high load it keeps switching between spin and no spin, if the load is somewhere in-between. That is not my video, but the sound my PSU is exactly the same, even the rattle when the fan stops, so I am assuming mine does the same. I have RMA'ed it, and the exchange does not see to have the rattle when the fan stops, but it's coil whine in certain games is a lot worse.

And isn't Corsair re-branded seasonics? Would I have the same problem with those?

Edit: just read some reviews from newegg, there are tons of coil whine reports
 
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If you are going Seasonic, go with the "g" units or the PLATINUM units. Skip the "x" units that are only a few dollars cheaper than the PLATINUM ones. Since you don't need a PSU right now, wait for the rebates to come back around.
BTW, Seasonic had problems with a coil whine as well. See that "2" in the part number? (SS-760XP2)

Secondly, if you want a quiet computer, you need to change your case. That 230T is a nice basic case, but it has no sound deadening ability.

and you don't need a 850 watt PSU.
 
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Actually I am looking into this one, any inputs?

http://products.ncix.com/detail/xfx-750w-pro750w-core-edition-04-59617-1064.htm

I looked up reviews on newegg and have seen no mentions of coil whine. I also haven't seen any mentions of coil whine for other XFX PSU's such as Pro Black edition

Or maybe this if going Seasonic?
http://www.ncix.com/products/?mode=productreviewread&product_id=76942

Since it's expensive and not on sale/rebates I would have to go with a 550W (should still be enough for my system). I don't plan going SLI
 
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Am I correct in the assumption that your system draws ~300w at worst? A Seasonic G450 could possibly be enough then.

Edit: maybe it is better if we throw your specs in a PSU calculator first.
 
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it's coil whine in certain games is a lot worse

its the time when your system draws more power from psu,
you may rma it or you could try hot glue solution
ive heard many well known brands have issue with that sound, sometimes you got bad luck with it
 
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Or maybe this if going Seasonic?
http://www.ncix.com/products/?mode=productreviewread&product_id=76942

Since it's expensive and not on sale/rebates I would have to go with a 550W (should still be enough for my system). I don't plan going SLI
Found this listed as a con between the reviews on NCIX
''Some coil noise''
It's cheaper on newegg and you have a lot more reviews:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119
Seems like a really decent power supply and many say seasonic is the best PSU manufacturer
There are these others you can check out as well:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014
reading through a lot of reviews on newegg about different PSU it seems it's a luck of the draw. You might get a PSU that is great and runs long or DOA from the start.
 
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No it's spinning. But it looks like if it's not a high load it keeps switching between spin and no spin, if the load is somewhere in-between. That is not my video, but the sound my PSU is exactly the same, even the rattle when the fan stops, so I am assuming mine does the same. I have RMA'ed it, and the exchange does not see to have the rattle when the fan stops, but it's coil whine in certain games is a lot worse.

And isn't Corsair re-branded seasonics? Would I have the same problem with those?

Edit: just read some reviews from newegg, there are tons of coil whine reports

Not all of them
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=126


If you are going Seasonic, go with the "g" units or the PLATINUM units. Skip the "x" units that are only a few dollars cheaper than the PLATINUM ones. Since you don't need a PSU right now, wait for the rebates to come back around.
BTW, Seasonic had problems with a coil whine as well. See that "2" in the part number? (SS-760XP2)

Secondly, if you want a quiet computer, you need to change your case. That 230T is a nice basic case, but it has no sound deadening ability.


and you don't need a 850 watt PSU.
Did you know that the X750 ( the one in my specs ) actually hit plat rating ?. Although i do agree for only a few extra dollars.


Am I correct in the assumption that your system draws ~300w at worst? A Seasonic G450 could possibly be enough then.

Edit: maybe it is better if we throw your specs in a PSU calculator first.
Putting a a 300w load on a 450w PSU is going to wear down the PSU as it's being pushed to near max, then you all so have his system which looks like he might be interested in some overclocking too.

750w is a good place in many cases allow some over clocking without straining the PSU any all so allows more powerful hardware at a later time as ya got to remember the Seasonic and some others have 7 year warranty's so should be good for a few systems in the future.
 
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I'm running a XXX edition XFX 750 watt PSU now ( http://products.ncix.com/detail/xfx-750w-xxx-edition-semi-09-73229.htm ) Very happy with it. Very quiet and ZERO coil whine. I have had Xfire 5870 cards, a single highly OC'ed 7970, and now running a highly OC'ed GTX 780ti with it. Only way to improve this thing, IMO, is by making it fully modular, as opposed to being semi-modular.

About Cooler Master PSU's, I have my PC Power and Cooling 860 watt PSU because of a 750 watt Cooler Master that had coil whine (had to be replaced)
 
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...Putting a a 300w load on a 450w PSU is going to wear down the PSU as it's being pushed to near max, ....
That's only a 66% load. That may be true for some cheap PSU's, but that is about perfectly sized in my book. The big thing for the OP is the number and type of PCI-e power connectors needed.

OP, make sure the coil whine is coming from the PSU. You're barely loading that PSU.
...If you call Corsair directly they will ship you a new one first before you send your RMA in. Just complain about it. They want to keep you as a costumer

I don't know too many companies that will do that !!!
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That's only a 66% load. That may be true for some cheap PSU's, but that is about perfectly sized in my book. The big thing for the OP is the number and type of PCI-e power connectors needed.

OP, make sure the coil whine is coming from the PSU. You're barely loading that PSU.

+1 this
All so running it higher % the psu will run hotter too. Don't think much about your book LOL and as i said there is more than 1 reason for him to get a larger one.
 
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If you call Corsair directly they will ship you a new one first before you send your RMA in. Just complain about it. They want to keep you as a costumer

I don't know too many companies that will do that !!!
I already received a RMA replacement, and unfortunately this one has an even higher coil whine in certain games. Tho the fan does not rattle.

Not sure if I want to call again for another replacement. They were already nice that they didn't charge me for shipping since I live in Canada and the shipping was 60$. It seems to be the TX series that are just crappy built when it comes the zero fan system and it causes problems. Still thinking of just selling it and probably going with the XFX 750 PRO750W Core Edition. The price is very good as long as it does not do any stupid buzzing/coil whine. Reviews from newegg looks good in regards to that, though I am not sure about lifespan reliability. Not sure why I would pick the XFX 750 XXX Edition which cost roughly 20-25$ more for the same thing (maybe slightly more clutter, but I can tuck it in the empty HDD cage)

And yes I tested my system and it drew 300W when I played BF3 with full graphics. And not really planning to go crossfire. Maybe would be nice to have the option to go dual chip for GPU upgrade, tho usually those are very expensive and still have similar problems that corssfire usually does.
 
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Take a look at this if you haven;t seen it already:
 

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Take a look at this if you haven;t seen it already:

Screw doing that, he tested it how long ?.. one thing for sure it aint years and he proberly buy a new PSU on his next build..

My comments are not if you can but how long for and future upgrades and such.. Like if i get a new system in 2-3 years time i know my PSU will be 100% fine with it and it would not of been near maxed out all it's life that's just asking for problems..


OOh he ran it all weekend OMG,. And the end of the video kinda voids what he said before it.
 

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Screw doing that, he tested it how long ?.. one thing for sure it aint years and he proberly buy a new PSU on his next build..

My comments are not if you can but how long for and future upgrades and such.. Like if i get a new system in 2-3 years time i know my PSU will be 100% fine with it and it would not of been near maxed out all it's life that's just asking for problems..


OOh he ran it all weekend OMG,. And the end of the video kinda voids what he said before it.
If you buy a decent PSU that is not asking for problems, unlss you live in a very hot country and the temps go out of spec. Stay within specs and they should perform fine for years. If you have a 7 year warranty you can load it 100% during that time, and if it breaks down after six and a half years, that is fine because it has operated within specs. Modern power supplies are crazy good, and this nonsense about not loading it is ... nonsense. I mean if you have the money yeah sure always go for 750W-units, but it is a giant waste if you only ever put say 250W on it.
 
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#22
Screw doing that, he tested it how long ?.. one thing for sure it aint years and he proberly buy a new PSU on his next build..

My comments are not if you can but how long for and future upgrades and such.. Like if i get a new system in 2-3 years time i know my PSU will be 100% fine with it and it would not of been near maxed out all it's life that's just asking for problems..
All I was trying to show him that he doesn't need a 750W PSU but more in the 500-650 range. No need for higher since he said that he doesn't plan going SLI.
 

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#23
If you buy a decent PSU that is not asking for problems, unlss you live in a very hot country and the temps go out of spec. Stay within specs and they should perform fine for years. If you have a 7 year warranty you can load it 100% during that time, and if it breaks down after six and a half years, that is fine because it has operated within specs. Modern power supplies are crazy good, and this nonsense about not loading it is ... nonsense. I mean if you have the money yeah sure always go for 750W-units, but it is a giant waste if you only ever put say 250W on it.
Shit, i don't give a rats ass about others would do i just know i would not near max out a PSU it's just asking for a problem.. And if the person don't have aircon the chances are the PSU will be hitting 40-50c and sure 50c is fine but how long for again just asking for a problem that could of been avoided in the 1st place. And who wants that extra heat around i know i don't.

And yes it depends on were you live but in most cases people try to keep there house 18c-23c so a PSU can easy hit 50c and surly if it maxed out all the time.

And i don't want to RMA a PPSU in the 1st place and there be a much higher chance if it's maxed out all the time which all so depends on how much he games.

All I was trying to show him that he doesn't need a 750W PSU but more in the 500-650 range. No need for higher since he said that he doesn't plan going SLI.
Yes he don't need but it's a worthwhile investment for so many reasons.
 
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Someone who is an electronic told me I should just open the PSU (yes warranty will be voided), and cut the yellow wire from the FAN (apparently the fans have a black red and yellow wire). The yellow wire apparently is the controller wire that tells the PSU when the shutoff the FAN or restart it. I am thinking I might be trying to do that...
 
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#25
please turn the whole PSU off before cutting cables.....

you can also replace the fan if you do not like it, with high end silent fans...