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PSUs definitely seem to be holding their prices at the moment... I'm after a few more myself... only little ones compared to that one though! :)

3 weeks ago i bought an Enermax MaxTytan 1050W for 212€ and this 1250W costed 325€, for the 200W extra i am paying 113€ more, insane.
 

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3 weeks ago i bought an Enermax MaxTytan 1050W for 212€ and this 1250W costed 325€, for the 200W extra i am paying 113€ more, insane.
Wow that's crazy money....

A mate in the US a year or so now saw a sale on EVGA models, I grabbed more than I needed (well, so I thought!!) and they where all half price.. I got 650W Gold units for £50 or so, 850W P2 for like £65 or something and then a 1600W for I think £200.... Over here the 650W units go for nearly £100, the 850W P2 goes for over £160 and the 1600W is horrendous at £420!! I was thinking my wallet was thanking me for that...

I'm on the look out for a few more 650W models as well, second hand seems to be fairly ok to use.. Grabbed a few and they have been all good. Only thing I've been a little confused at is the CPU 8 pin power plugs, only 1 8 pin on model of the models I've bought thinking they'd have two... For £50 a go I don't mind but just surprised they don't have 2... Meh :D
 

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I got 650W Gold units for £50 or so, 850W P2 for like £65 or something and then a 1600W for I think £200....
That was a big deal.
Over here maybe second hand can be grabbed for those prices ( IF )
I didn't want to buy the 1250W because in my opinion it was overpriced but the 1050w weren't on stock till end of December, i hope the PSU is worth what I paid for it.
 
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Wow that's crazy money....

A mate in the US a year or so now saw a sale on EVGA models, I grabbed more than I needed (well, so I thought!!) and they where all half price.. I got 650W Gold units for £50 or so, 850W P2 for like £65 or something and then a 1600W for I think £200.... Over here the 650W units go for nearly £100, the 850W P2 goes for over £160 and the 1600W is horrendous at £420!! I was thinking my wallet was thanking me for that...

I'm on the look out for a few more 650W models as well, second hand seems to be fairly ok to use.. Grabbed a few and they have been all good. Only thing I've been a little confused at is the CPU 8 pin power plugs, only 1 8 pin on model of the models I've bought thinking they'd have two... For £50 a go I don't mind but just surprised they don't have 2... Meh :D
PSU's are big money these days, I wanted a new one for my bench setup to replace my faulty evga 850 B2 (just out of warranty of course) but when I saw the current prices I gave up.

I could probably sell my 6 year old 1300 G2 today and break even with what I paid back then.
 

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Can't you get a refund or part refund or upgrade with them doing deals like that?
Uhm, I don't live in the US, so no such deals here.
 

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That was a big deal.
Over here maybe second hand can be grabbed for those prices ( IF )
I didn't want to buy the 1250W because in my opinion it was overpriced but the 1050w weren't on stock till end of December, i hope the PSU is worth what I paid for it.
PSU's are big money these days, I wanted a new one for my bench setup to replace my faulty evga 850 B2 (just out of warranty of course) but when I saw the current prices I gave up.

I could probably sell my 6 year old 1300 G2 today and break even with what I paid back then.
Was there anything else out there Knoxx you could have grabbed instead?

I'm glad I do stupid things at times because it really does pay off... But I hope when things return to 'normal' (whatever that might mean...) that prices normalise or something... I'm just glad all the units I have have 10 year warranties... It give me some hope if anything happens to them that at least I can get a replacement...

Most of mine don't really have a hard life at all.. In fact most of them just power a crunching rig which is using between 100w to 200w max I guess depending on the CPU and setup I have it in.. I've a 1200W P2 that's just powering my 3900X and my two 1080 Ti's, that one was second hand too... That might have had a hard life as the mate I bought it from was running my 3 GTX 580's in SLI with a big overclock on a 3820 I think, was pulling 1400w from the wall he said!! :laugh: Not bad for a 1200w unit I guess :)

Uhm, I don't live in the US, so no such deals here.
Neither do I! :laugh:
 

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Was there anything else out there Knoxx you could have grabbed instead?

If you mean Brand i buy just Enermax PSUs :D
 

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If you mean Brand i buy just Enermax PSUs :D
Ah, bit like Intel eh?? ;) :D No matter :) I take it there's not enough Enermax units about the place??
 

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So back a bit on topic, what are you planning to build with your 1250W PSU now @Knoxx29? :) I saw a CPU and cooler I believe so far??...
 
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3 weeks ago i bought an Enermax MaxTytan 1050W for 212€ and this 1250W costed 325€, for the 200W extra i am paying 113€ more, insane.
With that price difference in mind I have to ask: what kind of setup are you running where you need 1250W and 1050W is insufficient?
 
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That's a $100 les than the 12TB model here :(
It's also exactly what I paid for 8TB model here a few weeks ago :(:(:(

I'm sorry to hear that (didn't want to just 'like' your post, especially under the circumstance). I search for days for price changes and sometimes I get lucky.
I wanted a Seagate 10TB w/USB ports in front - $158.00 last December, then spent the rest of the year in the mid $250.00's
Keep searching and good luck.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that (didn't want to just 'like' your post, especially under the circumstance). I search for days for price changes and sometimes I get lucky.
I wanted a Seagate 10TB w/USB ports in front - $158.00 last December, then spent the rest of the year in the mid $250.00's
Keep searching and good luck.
Nothing to apologise for, it's just how it is here. Very hard to find anything with good discounts.
On the other hand, all Ryzen CPUs and new graphics cards are available at MSRP, rather than some jacked up pricing from greedy shops.
 

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With that price difference in mind I have to ask: what kind of setup are you running where you need 1250W and 1050W is insufficient?

The 1050W was for a PC that i built for a friend of mine, i wanted to buy a 1050W for myself but as i said before they weren't in stock and Amazon couldn't tell me when they were going to be available again.

what are you planning to build with your 1250W PSU now @Knoxx29? :) I saw a CPU and cooler I believe so far??...

10700K, Evga 3080 SLI ( Joke ) Maximus XII Hero, 32GB G.skill Trident Z RGB 3600Mhz and maybe later Watercooling.
 
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Some Black Friday stuff arrived. Two radio-stations to play with the kids. Claim to have 10km range, but even half of it will be enough for the 20 EUR or so they cost. And the PSU, I just needed to power an old system. I don't care what's inside and it is not a big deal if it drags the hardware with it :). Believe it or not the housing of the PSU is longer just so, to accommodate the fan. The actual PCB finishes like 3cm before the box does. Hey it's got a power cable, which I didn't get with much more expensive PSUs :D

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And the PSU, I just needed to power an old system. I don't care what's inside and it is not a big deal if it drags the hardware with it :).
Not sure if I'd trust in a Professionell PSU... ;) But hey, at least you got the thumb screws for free! They didn't bother to include them with my unit.
 
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Nothing to apologise for, it's just how it is here. Very hard to find anything with good discounts.
On the other hand, all Ryzen CPUs and new graphics cards are available at MSRP, rather than some jacked up pricing from greedy shops.
Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

sorry, couldn't resist :laugh:

PSU's are big money these days, I wanted a new one for my bench setup to replace my faulty evga 850 B2 (just out of warranty of course) but when I saw the current prices I gave up.
Really? I thought it was just me that thought that PSUs were above their usual price...

Two radio-stations to play with the kids. Claim to have 10km range, but even half of it will be enough for the 20 EUR or so they cost.
Ah, there are days where I kinda want to get into radio stuff. It's so cool, honestly.
Not sure if I'd trust in a Professionell PSU... ;) But hey, at least you got the thumb screws for free! They didn't bother to include them with my unit.
Looks like German, considering the PSU sticker.
 

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I'd like to share what I've been buying recently.....

Another Sapphire 3850 AGP card and SoundBlaster Live card.....

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Which then followed by a

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Was looking about for one of these as I used to own one, but the actual Gainward model, 7800 GS+ I believe it was called?? Well there's one on Ebay right now for £300... I'm not paying £300 for one! :laugh:

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I had one of these when I was doing a fair bit of benching back in 2015 when I had (and still do) issues with my ex and seeing my now, eldest... Used to be up more till 2 3 4 sometimes 5am in the mornings running benchmarks as it was a way to take my mind off what was going on.. Must be why I hardly sleep nowadays :laugh: Still, saw one of these boards and thought, I'll grab it.. Wasn't a bad price either with the CPU block, so, happy :)


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Another block for general testing :) Intel fitting so I believe I can use that on pretty much any of my 115x boards and the 2011 set as well... Will come in handy because....

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I picked up another pump and AMD CPU block as well as another very cheap rad... Be interesting to see what the XSPC rad is like, 480mm model, should be interesting :) Oh and the same gent was selling 32GB of G SKill DDR3 2133MHz CL9 stuff, so I thought, what the heck :) I'm sure I'll need some more DDR3 at some point.. Sadly no boxes for the RAM but for the price, it'll do just fine :)

And finally for the moment, I managed to find another Formula-Z board with all the boxes and plastic covers this time... (Yes I am really that fussy!!) so the one I picked up a little while ago, I'll get that one up for sale just because I don't need two of these... (Yes I hope your sitting down for that one lol :D)

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Pretty much everything is all tested and working fine, thankfully.. I am just having issues with the 3850 AGP card as no matter what driver I try to install the card with, it just won't take the driver. Have tried a few different OS and driver versions but it's a stubborn pain in the butt as I can't get it to work... Well, 3D work.. It's not even installing the Microsoft driver which is most annoying.. I can put in my working 3850 and it detects and installs the drivers perfectly. This one, no workie :( Getting in touch with the seller again on this one....

A few more bits and pieces on the way.. Might have to order myself some more tubing for the loops I'll have to make up but otherwise, I think I'm pretty much set :) Still keeping an eye on a few bits and pieces, namely Xeon E1680 V2's and a few motherboards.... We'll see how that goes ;)

Got an iPad recently and have almost a new system on order right now. Got this recently thoView attachment 177647
I wish I had more time for my steering wheels and pedals :( Did you get the extra gear shifter as well with the bundle? (I'm guessing not by the pic but just thought I'd ask.... :))
 
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@phill, buddy, why don't you save yourself some time and just buy Microcenter or something? :laugh:

That aside, very nice gear there! :D
 
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I'd like to share what I've been buying recently.....

Another Sapphire 3850 AGP card and SoundBlaster Live card.....

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Which then followed by a

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Was looking about for one of these as I used to own one, but the actual Gainward model, 7800 GS+ I believe it was called?? Well there's one on Ebay right now for £300... I'm not paying £300 for one! :laugh:

View attachment 177626 View attachment 177627 View attachment 177628 View attachment 177629 View attachment 177630

I had one of these when I was doing a fair bit of benching back in 2015 when I had (and still do) issues with my ex and seeing my now, eldest... Used to be up more till 2 3 4 sometimes 5am in the mornings running benchmarks as it was a way to take my mind off what was going on.. Must be why I hardly sleep nowadays :laugh: Still, saw one of these boards and thought, I'll grab it.. Wasn't a bad price either with the CPU block, so, happy :)


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Another block for general testing :) Intel fitting so I believe I can use that on pretty much any of my 115x boards and the 2011 set as well... Will come in handy because....
View attachment 177634 View attachment 177635 View attachment 177636 View attachment 177637 View attachment 177638 View attachment 177639View attachment 177640

I picked up another pump and AMD CPU block as well as another very cheap rad... Be interesting to see what the XSPC rad is like, 480mm model, should be interesting :) Oh and the same gent was selling 32GB of G SKill DDR3 2133MHz CL9 stuff, so I thought, what the heck :) I'm sure I'll need some more DDR3 at some point.. Sadly no boxes for the RAM but for the price, it'll do just fine :)

And finally for the moment, I managed to find another Formula-Z board with all the boxes and plastic covers this time... (Yes I am really that fussy!!) so the one I picked up a little while ago, I'll get that one up for sale just because I don't need two of these... (Yes I hope your sitting down for that one lol :D)

View attachment 177641 View attachment 177642 View attachment 177643 View attachment 177644

Pretty much everything is all tested and working fine, thankfully.. I am just having issues with the 3850 AGP card as no matter what driver I try to install the card with, it just won't take the driver. Have tried a few different OS and driver versions but it's a stubborn pain in the butt as I can't get it to work... Well, 3D work.. It's not even installing the Microsoft driver which is most annoying.. I can put in my working 3850 and it detects and installs the drivers perfectly. This one, no workie :( Getting in touch with the seller again on this one....

A few more bits and pieces on the way.. Might have to order myself some more tubing for the loops I'll have to make up but otherwise, I think I'm pretty much set :) Still keeping an eye on a few bits and pieces, namely Xeon E1680 V2's and a few motherboards.... We'll see how that goes ;)


I wish I had more time for my steering wheels and pedals :( Did you get the extra gear shifter as well with the bundle? (I'm guessing not by the pic but just thought I'd ask.... :))

I just got it in the mail
 
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Image quality and blacklevel is poor against my PDP LG from 2010 :p

OLED ist the only way u can go :laugh:
 
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Image quality and blacklevel is poor against my PDP LG from 2010 :p

OLED ist the only way u can go :laugh:
Black level? No doubt. Image quality? That depends - sharpness, color gamut, color volume, brightness have all improved by quite a lot since then. Plasmas were really good in most regards, but personally I don't want a TV consuming 500+ watts during normal use - though I guess it would be useful in winter! As for OLEDs, sadly they still lag behind good LED panels in brightness, which limits color volume and perceived contrast, and risks it looking dim in anything but a dim or dark room. Besides, as I said, it was between the Q80 and the LG CX, and the choice of the Q80 was a conscious one. The CX has the better contrast, pixel response times (and thus clarity, but not input lag), and overall dark room performance, but loses out in bright environments due to much lower brightness (not just peak, but across the board, getting worse the brighter the scene is) and much worse reflectivity. The latter was a big enough deal that we went to a local store to check out the difference, and reflections in the CX are very noticeably worse than the Q80 - LG did a surprisingly poor job with the glass coating there (rtings' reflectivity photos are pretty much spot on). As this TV is going to be used a lot in varied lighting conditions - including what you see in the photo, with the sun essentially hitting the TV, but also later in the day when the sun hits the wall behind the couch - the Q80 was the better choice. The store demo CX even managed to showcase its lack of sustained high PPL brightness in the store demo (which is of course under terrible viewing conditions, but does have brightness cranked) in LG's own demo footage, with skies that should have been bright instead becoming a rather disturbing-looking deep blue. So while there's no doubt OLED has some major advantages, it also has some rather undercommunicated drawbacks that in the end were what tipped the scales for us.

There are of course other OLED alternatives than LG, but they don't seem any better on any of these points, and are all more expensive while also lacking FS, 120Hz and HDMI 2.1, so those were rejected pretty much instantly.

There's little doubt we would have been very happy with a CX too, but that would have required us to swap out the blinds on the living room windows for something that blocks more light :p
 
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