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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by MohawkAngel, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. MohawkAngel

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    Go here and fill everything out and tell us what your wattage comes out to, and we would be happy to recommend a PSU for you.

    Also be sure to include upgrades that you plan in the near future ;)
     
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    389 wattsat 100% full load wattage i already have a cooler master 380 ..should i keep that?
     
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    I'm not a big fan of CoolerMaster PSUs. If you've got about $75 to spend, and you want to be sure that you'll have a good amount of power for a few years from a reliable PSU, we can take a look at some possible upgrades.

    Couple of questions. Do you need a modular PSU? Are you paying the electric bill? Is silence preferred?
     
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    Modular PSUs have most of their cables detached from the power supply, and they plug into it so you only use the cables you need. It helps eliminate cable clutter inside your case.
     
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    So give me a link to what you think would be good for my rig. The only next thing ill upgrade is my CPU ..now it have 65watt cpu but this motherboard can go up to 140W phenom. Thank you. also yes modular would be great so i can clean my rig and look better. Also i know that less wires in the way = less air obstruction.
     
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    You're well on your way to being a PC building fiend MohawkAngel! Just keep hanging around TPU and you'll learn a LOT.

    For your system, I would go for something along these lines:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...845,4097:30089,4097:43844&bop=And&Order=PRICE

    These are basically all modular PSUs 400W-600W made by the companies that I would personally buy from that are 80PLUS certified. I went with 80PLUS certification because you're paying part of the electric bill.

    80PLUS certification (whether bronze, silver, or gold) is a measure of power supply efficiency (percentage of power pulled from the wall that the unit can effectively convert to power for your system, with the remainder of the power being translated into heat). If you don't mind a slightly less efficient (or just not certified yet) power supply, check out this link:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...eValue=1315:9966&PropertyCodeValue=2978:19680

    All links are from Newegg, as they're the most reliable online retailer that I've done business with, and their prices are usually right on the spot. I would find one you like and use Pricegrabber to see if somebody has it cheaper.

    I'm personally a big fan of the Enermax MODU82+ series (I have a 625W unit myself) and the Silverstone Strider series (ST60F on that second page) as I've had a 750W unit. They were both very good to me, and I had an Enermax Liberty 525W (was replaced by the MODU82+) for two years with no problems whatsoever.

    Just remember that if you spend a little more on a PSU now, you could avoid having to buy another one later ;)

    My personal choice for you: Enermax MODU82+ 525W. Little over your budget after rebate, but a very worthwhile investment.
     
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    I'd generally recommend Corsair as a brand (http://promotions.newegg.com/Corsai...omotions.newegg.com/Corsair/020409/478x88.jpg), but modular ones are probably out of your budget, and I'm guessing that you don't want to by one used...

    Anyway, as DD said, the Silverstone Striders aren't too shabby:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817163109

    Only thing I would say is just plain stupid about those PSU's is that they lack a power switch... Generally unimportant since if you ever need to use it, you might as well just pull the cable, but still, kinda awkward IMHO...

    Also, if you for some reason decide to get any PSU off the egg which is 850w+, use 20PSUFEB as a coupon for 20% off.
     
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    Thanks to care about the electricity bill but i'm in quebec the Canadian province of power electricity...its cheap :p
     
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    All right then, go with your personal preference :)
     
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    I wont get from Newegg i dont own a credit card but ill look in ,y local stores for a modular PSU like the one you told me ;) Thx guys i learned a lot.
     
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    What I would do if you're worried about a PSU's quality, is to go there and pick a few out that you like, write down the models, and ask us which we would recommend.
     
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    nice...because i seeen one for 59$ a 500watts but did not took in note the name...ill check
    BTW i had a 2.4gigs CPU and overclocked to 3.0 it worked fine. Now i have put a case fan with a DEL but it dont want to keep overclock anymore...coyuld it be the PSU that dont give enought curent to continue keeping the overclock???
     
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    It's possible, but I doubt one fan is holding you back 600MHz. You might be overloading the 12V rail on it, but I doubt it.
     
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    no i still can overclock to 2.6 gigs but wont go to 3.0 anymore.
     
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    Ah so 400MHz. Maybe it's a power hungry fan :p

    You are pretty much maxing out that PSU, so I would guess there's a 70% chance that a new PSU will solve the problem.
     
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    maybe .....on this motherboard ou have 3 plugs for fans...CPU fan. Chassis fan and Power fan....that is in fact another way to call a chassis fan :p So i suppose that if the motherboard have to supply the watts for the 3 fans then it remain less on the motherboard itself for the overclocking and voltage regulation
     
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    Yup, you've got it!
     
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    Nope, I believe it was included in my second link anyway.
     
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    Yes i hate you!! I'm going to find you and destroy your computer :p If a PSU can give for exemple 380watts is there a way to calculate the input it take from the wall ?
     
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    umm...
    My old rig=
    A64 X2 3800+ @ 2.75Ghz 90nm Toledo
    HD4850 @ 675Mhz
    2GB of OCZ DDR-400 @ 3-3-2-5
    2x HDD (SATA)
    1x Optical Drive (SATA)
    1x 120mm Fan
    Powered by an Antec EarthWatts 380W.
    So 380W could cut it, but thats right on the limit.
    Go for an Antec EarthWatts 430 or EA500 if you want somthing to keep just that rig going and you don't plan on upgrading anything.
     
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    I'm seriously thinking about the 500 watts PSU at 59$ in my local store..ill check the name and ask for a price list to tell you what they can get
     

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