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Which PSU to get? (On a budget)

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#1
Hi,

I have a cheap PSU right now that I feel is about to go at any moment so I need to replace it ASAP, also I want to get a great little budget mchine to play a few games I have. I don't have to have all the eye candy in the world, just something that'll play nice.

Anyway I was looking at some PSUs rated at about 500w as I want to get something like a 6850 and maybe a i3 or a Athlon II X4 640. I think I could do 720p without a problem so I was looking at these two and I was wondering which people think is better:

Corsair 500W CX Series PSU or a Be Quiet! 530W Pure Power PSU.

I'd love to know about Corsairs warranty, the Be Quiet has a 2 year one BTW but I've never heard of Be Quiet my self. I don't want to go cheap again though! Also I'd probably wait for the AMD 7000 series myself.
 

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Hi,

I have a cheap PSU right now that I feel is about to go at any moment so I need to replace it ASAP, also I want to get a great little budget mchine to play a few games I have. I don't have to have all the eye candy in the world, just something that'll play nice.

Anyway I was looking at some PSUs rated at about 500w as I want to get something like a 6850 and maybe a i3 or a Athlon II X4 640. I think I could do 720p without a problem so I was looking at these two and I was wondering which people think is better:

Corsair 500W CX Series PSU or a Be Quiet! 530W Pure Power PSU.

I'd love to know about Corsairs warranty, the Be Quiet has a 2 year one BTW but I've never heard of Be Quiet my self. I don't want to go cheap again though! Also I'd probably wait for the AMD 7000 series myself.
I'd get the Corsair CX 500W. It has a 3 year warranty. I have a few of these, and they are great little PSU. They have extra long cables and they are fully sleeved. It also has a single +12V rail which is aways better than mutli ones. :toast:
 

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I'd get the Corsair CX 500W. It has a 3 year warranty. I have a few of these, and they are great little PSU. They have extra long cables and they are fully sleeved. It also has a single +12V rail which is aways better than mutli ones. :toast:
Awesome sauce, I had heard 1 was better than 2 on the rails side and with a 3 year warranty and extra length, well I'm in!

What kind of systems are you running with these PSUs may I ask?
 

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Awesome sauce, I had heard 1 was better than 2 on the rails side and with a 3 year warranty and extra length, well I'm in!

What kind of systems are you running with these PSUs may I ask?
2 X6 1055t's @ 4ghZ, 2 I7 2500K's @ 4.5GHz. :toast:
 
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If you can stretch your budget, get an FSP Aurum 500W (80PLUS GOLD, 5 year warranty), Antec HCG 520W (80PLUS BRONZE, 3 year warranty), Seasonic S12II 520W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty), XFX Core Edition PRO550 550W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty), or OCZ ZS Series 550W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty).
 
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If you can stretch your budget, get an FSP Aurum 500W (80PLUS GOLD, 5 year warranty), Antec HCG 520W (80PLUS BRONZE, 3 year warranty), Seasonic S12II 520W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty), XFX Core Edition PRO550 550W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty), or OCZ ZS Series 550W (80PLUS BRONZE, 5 year warranty).
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The man knows good PSU's. Nice selection of low power PSU's there, and the fact that they are all 80 Plus Certified definitely doesn't hurt :)
Some of those are 5 year warranty which is awesome!
 
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#7
I am falling in love with the Antec EarthWatts and the Antec BP 500w and over in terms of low cost alternatives.

Then again maybe I'm the only person that has had repeated bad experiences with Corsair's PSUs, they do at least stand behind their warranty!
 
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I wouldn't go anything lower than a Corsair TX V2. Some cheaper psu will voltage ripple ect. the CX series if you cannot really afford a TX V2. Not sure how antec are but be quiet are okay but some of them have ripple depends on the individual unit i think for be quiet.