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I have an 850W (930W peak according to Hardware Secrets) OCZ Z Series PSU which I got after RMAing another one several times -I'm not dumb enough to have bought that for my rig, powering my sig rig, which needs 600W AT MOST, and can probably run fine with 500W (according to Phaedrus' FAQ). Since I'm thinking of selling the system at the end of the year, and getting an Ivy Bridge build or Bulldozer, I think it would be wise to sell this PSU (I don't see any point in keeping it unless I want to SLI 6970's, which is kind of out of my budget, lol) and sell my rig with a cheaper PSU, so that I don't have to blow up the price just because of a feature that no buyer here pays attention to...

I can probably get 175-325U$D for this PSU here (I'm in Argentina), and I have someone who is travelling to the US and could get me a $60 PSU that I could throw in this rig and use until I sell it.

If I end up not selling my rig, I don't loose much cause unless I changed the GFX card (which I don't plan to do since I'm not that big of a gamer), I don't need a better PSU.

I also don't give a s**t about efficiency, since I don't pay the bills (yet), and it's so cold (in winter; my house has no insulation ) that I wouldn't complain about a free space-heater

Opinons?
Edited by adriangb - 7/30/11 at 11:44am
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Who is going to pay $175-$325 for a used OCZ Z 850W when a new one (with rebate) can be $150, or without rebate, $180?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341026

On top of that, it seems to be a very good unit, but better is out there now for similar, if not cheaper, prices.

Of course, unless you meant someone there may buy it for that much, but are you sure you aren't overestimating just a little (okay, a lot) on how much you can get for it? Also, what $60 PSU are you looking at?

If you can get a good $60 PSU, and you can get $180 or more for it... then sure, it might be worth the hassle, but I'm not sure that's the case, and that seems to be a decent PSU, so I'd make sure you replace it with something good even you drop down to less wattage. Let's say it gets you ~$120 (I am throwing numbers since I'm unsure of it's used value), and it takes ~$90-$100 to a get a "good" PSU. It's not really worth the trouble then.
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I have an 850W (930W peak according to Hardware Secrets) OCZ Z Series PSU which I got after RMAing another one several times -I'm not dumb enough to have bought that for my rig, powering my sig rig, which needs 600W AT MOST, and can probably run fine with 500W (according to Phaedrus' FAQ). Since I'm thinking of selling the system at the end of the year, and getting an Ivy Bridge build or Bulldozer, I think it would be wise to sell this PSU (I don't see any point in keeping it unless I want to SLI 6970's, which is kind of out of my budget, lol) and sell my rig with a cheaper PSU, so that I don't have to blow up the price just because of a feature that no buyer here pays attention to...

I can probably get 175-325U$D for this PSU here (I'm in Argentina), and I have someone who is travelling to the US and could get me a $60 PSU that I could throw in this rig and use until I sell it.

If I end up not selling my rig, I don't loose much cause unless I changed the GFX card (which I don't plan to do since I'm not that big of a gamer), I don't need a better PSU.

I also don't give a s**t about efficiency, since I don't pay the bills (yet), and it's so cold (in winter; my house has no insulation ) that I wouldn't complain about a free space-heater

Opinons?
Sell that psu for as much as you can and get another as you planned for $60.

You won't need 850w for what you are planning.

I have a 850w atm and I'm downgrading to a 550w Kingwin Platinum.

That's all I need.
    
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I have to agree with Princess Garnet!
Putting a cheap $60 PSU in your system, just to get it running to sell, your potentially selling a time bomb.
A poor quality PSU can take many computer parts with it when it goes, and that would not be fare to the buyer!

Sorry, but I just think thats bad practice!
Edited by Inteller - 7/31/11 at 12:19am
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Who is going to pay $175-$325 for a used OCZ Z 850W when a new one (with rebate) can be $150, or without rebate, $180?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341026

On top of that, it seems to be a very good unit, but better is out there now for similar, if not cheaper, prices.

Of course, unless you meant someone there may buy it for that much, but are you sure you aren't overestimating just a little (okay, a lot) on how much you can get for it? Also, what $60 PSU are you looking at?

If you can get a good $60 PSU, and you can get $180 or more for it... then sure, it might be worth the hassle, but I'm not sure that's the case, and that seems to be a decent PSU, so I'd make sure you replace it with something good even you drop down to less wattage. Let's say it gets you ~$120 (I am throwing numbers since I'm unsure of it's used value), and it takes ~$90-$100 to a get a "good" PSU. It's not really worth the trouble then.
I'm in Argentina, evereything has a 50% added value... so $150*1.5=225

Here is a slightly more expensive ($20 more new) PSU going for $400 new... so I think $80 off for <6 months of use is quite reasonable... that would bring me up to $300. That's why I said 175-325, it's quite improbable that I'd get 175 for it, but I also don't expect more than 300...
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just keep it, that extra wattage will not hurt anything, plus you always have some if your plans change, who knows you may need that power one day
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I have to agree with Princess Garnet!
Putting a cheap $60 PSU in your system, just to get it running to sell, your potentially selling a time bomb.
A poor quality PSU can take many computer parts with it when it goes, and that would not be fare to the buyer!

Sorry, but I just think thats bad practice!
I'm not talking about a "poor quality PSU"! For $60 you can get an Antec, OCZ, Seasonic... especially if I can wait for a sale/shell shocker.

For example, this Antec fits my need very well, and it's exactly $60... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139028 if you want Corsair, Antec: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371048
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just keep it, that extra wattage will not hurt anything, plus you always have some if your plans change, who knows you may need that power one day
Considering it's only needed for a 6870 crossfire, I doubt it (that would put me in the >$1200, way more than I can afford...

Edit: and if I did want to do a SLI/Crossfire like that, wouldn't it be more logical to buy something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151100 and keep the change? I would get >$100 probably...

what I've thought which is possible, is to put the PSU up for sale for $300 say, and see if I get any bites, if not, I'll lower by 20 till I reach 240 say... at that point I'll just keep it
Edited by adriangb - 7/31/11 at 8:10am
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I'd keep it personally seems like a well performing platform (*sigh* I usually don't say this about anything OCZ makes but o well) And maybe later down he road you might want to upgrade to some serious hardware it would be nice to know you have the extra juice for anything you want in your rig. But then again just my opinion the selling it and having some extra cash for the new system plan seems ok too
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If you can get that much for it, and then get a good one hear for cheaper, then yeah, it's definitely worth considering. Since your PSU seems pretty decent though, I'd try and step down on wattage without stepping down on the rest too much.
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