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Good day!

biggrin.gif first of all I'll say that I know nothing about power supplies.

So I recently got a Fractal arc midi case and I was having fun with migrating my current build to the case. I guess I enjoyed finally having cable management options.

My current PSU is a HEC Winpower 550watts that I got probably about 4 years ago. It is still serving me well without any hiccup. One small problem I have though is it is not modular. You can imagine the slight difficulty of hiding the cables behind the case...(in my case its not behind the case but at the back of the HDD trays). I'd really like to upgrade my PSU as well since later this year I'd like to get one of the newer cards from nvidia. In an earlier thread that I have opened, people here told me that the HEC Winpower 550watts is enough to power even the 560Ti. In a sense I don't really need an upgrade in terms of wattage, but then with this upgrade I'd like to get the modular PSU.

So I have somewhat narrowed my choices to

HEC Cougar CMX 700watts 90USD

NZXT Hale82 650watts 103USD

Here are some pro's and con's I could think of

Cougar CMX 700watts
Pro's
1. I could say I already trust HEC as a manufacturer. My Winpower is also by HEC and it has never failed.
2. Its 700watts compared to NZXT's 650watts
3. If I am not mistaken, the included cables are also braided. NZXT's included cables are not braided - as I see from the gallery pics in their site
4. Price is just 90USD. Thirteen dollars less than the NZXT at 103USD.

Con's
1. They colored it ******* metallic orange. How can manufacturers think this can add to their sales? Most people prefer just plain black or white as it fits any color scheme. They even included braided cables that are multicolored. Its not that the color scheme is done in bad taste... but in my all black and white interior... It definitely won't match.


Hale82 650watts
Pro's
1. They say... and I do not know for sure... that it is made by a company called Seasonic. Which rumours I have read is better than the HEC. I haven't googled much into that.
2. Colors fit my build scheme exactly... black with white accent. It fits perfectly actually as fractal goes for black with white fan blades.

Con's
1. Non braided modular cables
2. It is just 650watts

So I guess you can understand my dilemma right now. If you take my situation and consider that the wattage rating isn't really a factor since I don't really need much wattage. They are both 80plus bronze btw.Then pro's and con's just boil down to 2 each. I guess you can call this an obsessive whim to match the color scheme of your build..... (i don't even have a windowed case... I just like the thought that inside my case is a neatly organized build)

Any other suggestions for a PSU is welcome... as I said... I don't know anything about power supplies.
post #2 of 8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703035

two good PSUs that are modular that would be a good upgrade

By today's standards your current PSU isn't very high quality

edit:
if your only options are the ones you posted I vote for the Hale
Edited by selectstriker2 - 3/8/12 at 6:08pm
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post #3 of 8
My vote goes to the Hale PSU.

Or check out this..

Overclock.net's Recommended Power Supply List Almost every power supply on this list is reviewed by JGuru, Anandtech, or some other reliable reviewer.

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Hale for sure. Great PSU with a great warranty.

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post #5 of 8
Both are solid units, the Hale82 offers superior electrical performance while the CMX is cooler and quieter than the Hale82 at any load... if you want the superior electronics get the Hale82, if you want a silent unit get the CMX.
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That color on the HEC would be enough by itself for me to choose the NZXT. Just my 2 cents worth. Also 650 watts is plenty for the rig in your sig.
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Originally Posted by Dustin1 View Post

My vote goes to the Hale PSU.
Or check out this..
Overclock.net's Recommended Power Supply List Almost every power supply on this list is reviewed by JGuru, Anandtech, or some other reliable reviewer.
Goodluck man. thumb.gif

Oh sorry guys, I failed to mention I am also budget limited at about the same price as the two power supplies mentioned above. Corsair is a good brand but the price is just too much sometimes. I wouldn't spend a lot on a power supply for my old rig. But I do like the PSU to be good enough to support at least about 1 more build after this.
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Originally Posted by EVILNOK View Post

That color on the HEC would be enough by itself for me to choose the NZXT. Just my 2 cents worth. Also 650 watts is plenty for the rig in your sig.

Well that is part of my dilemma as the reason why I am getting a PSU is for aesthetic reasons and modular-ity. frown.gif

I guess the color isn't a bad color though, metallic does have its good points. But it is hard to match. Its like buying purple Converse chuck taylors and your shirts are all yellow.

But one thing good about it is that the cables come braided. That doesn't come by default on the nzxt.
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