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Hi guys, I haven't built my own PC in a while and am basically out of the game and need help choosing a good PSU. I have narrowed down my search for a PSU to these two models:

Enermax MAXREVO 1350W

CORSAIR AX1200 1200W

I am in the midst of choosing all the components for the new system I am building but here is a basic outline of the components I more or less chose.

Case: NZXT Phantom
Cooling:
Exhaust: 200mm FS-200LED x2
Intake: 140mm FN-140RB x1, 120mm FN-120RB x2, 200mm FN-200RB x1
CPU-cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H70
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz
Motherboard: Still not sure about this, either Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 or ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE
GPU: Two Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti's "UPDATED now Two NVIDIA GeFORCE 580 "
PhysX: maybe ill get one maybe i wont, but most likely the cheapest one.
Storage: didnt research this part yet but probably something towards the extent of 3-4 HDDs in raid 1 or 5
Edited by arifay - 6/13/11 at 10:20am
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I like Enermax. But seriously, those power supplies are way overkill for the system your building. You'll need 750 watts at the extreme maximum.
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AX1200 $240 with $20 promo code EMCYTZT527 after $20 rebate.
Promo code only good until midnight tonight.

I have been eyeballing this psu for quite a while now, this is a pretty sweet deal.
personally, i feel it's okay to go averbaord on the psu. It comes with 7 year warranty so you can use for your futere build as well and who knows how much power cpus and gpus will need in 4-5 years...
Edited by bob808 - 6/12/11 at 1:12pm
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I'd go with Corsair. I used to have a corsair PSU before I got my laptop and I never had any issues with it.
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Thread Starter 
Yeah you are right, Enermax's PSU Calculator estimated me at around 734W. I wanted to get something more powerful If I decide to upgrade/do some extra testing of external components. Also I figured I would get a much more quiet experience getting a 1000-1350W unit running at around 58% then a 750W unit running at 100% constantly. (what i mean by constantly is when im playing games on 3 monitors).

I also forgot to update the fact I want to setup 3 23" 1080 3d vision 120 hz monitors to use as a single monitor for games like torchlight/ and the upcoming Diablo 3.
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Originally Posted by lonnie5000 View Post
I like Enermax. But seriously, those power supplies are way overkill for the system your building. You'll need 750 watts at the extreme maximum.
Don't say him its overkill, maybe he wants room for overclocking and 3-4sli/crossfire later.

Op, I'm preferring Corsair, simply I like Corsair's products!
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Not entirely on topic, but I see you list PhysX in your build components. The PhysX card is dead, as Nvidia bought the PhysX company and incorporated the software into their GPUs. You wont want to buy any extra hardware for PhysX, as it comes with Nvidia parts.
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post #8 of 55
If you use a 1200W PSU to power two 560Ti's your PSU is going to be running so inefficiently. They are designed to work best near their power peak and efficiency goes down drastically when they have to run at lower power levels than they are designed for.

I saw a youtube video where a 500W PSU was powering a rig and its power draw was 150W. He then hooked up a 1000W PSU to the exact same rig and power draw went up to over 300W....
post #9 of 55
Read those reviews carefully and see which has the better internal components. Also, find some information about their efficiency. Efficiency becomes more important in PSUs as powerful as these. Better efficiency also usually means quieter because the fan doesn't have to spin, or doesn't have to spin fast.

But as others have said, those might be overkill if you want to save some cash.

Another suggestion, the Corsair H80 just came out. It should replace the H70. I would wait a few days for some reviews and then probably get the H80. As for your hard drives, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is the fastest 7200RPM drive. You could use that for storage and get an SSD for your OS drive.

Edit: Majin, nice Ninja post. Very good points.
Edited by Flynny - 6/12/11 at 1:18pm
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I was looking at the H80 but it looks like they won't really be available to buy until the end of the month...
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