How about Seasonic?
HX series is old. Try SeaSonic's X series. Since you're in the UK, I assume you have Be Quiet!?
I've only heard good things about Seasonic, haven't heard all too much about Be Quiet but it does seem they ship over here. The designs look pretty sleak too.
I have always considered this to be very controversial... I have a 13 year old Turbolink piece of crap PSU and it still runs strong with 24/7 365 usage... But when you have your higher end Gold and Silver certified PSUs, the event of a catastrophic failure is not too likely... I am doubtful anything is going to happen to your current one so it would be wiser to wait until you upgrade again... (Save some electricity bro! lol)
It's funny you say that, I've got a few 486s lying around that are the same. Hell, even an Amstrad. The difference for me being that I've got a good grand and a bit invested in just my tower and I couldn't afford to lose it. That said I've only had cheap-ass PSUs take components with them on the way out. I'd only gain about an extra 5% efficiency from a 80+ Gold, think my OCZ is 80+ but I really can't remember now. It'd save probably £1-2 a month
I'm not hating on OCZ PSUs, I personally was going to buy a ZX 850W but I had a great deal on my current PSU so I passed but they're generally fine except for a bit of coil whine on the Z/ZX series and the annoying capacitators or PCI-E cables. If you're in the UK than the Rosewill one is out of the equation then... Which shop(s) do you Brits use? tongue.gif
I mainly shop at Overclockers/eBuyer/Amazon depending on price. Small things just get slung on the monthly Amazon order regardless. Overclockers.co.uk definitely has the best inventory.
The OP is not very clear in one regard.... do you plan on adding another 560Ti to the setup, or is there only one card with no intention to add a second one?
Also, there's no real reason to change the PSU (unless you want to SLI, and the MXS Pro 600 is in fact an overrated ~500W unit).
Yes, I'm saving at the moment for a U3011, and two 20" portraits will flank it. Then I'm tackling case, fans and possibly the PSU (obviously). I was originally going to upgrade to 660Ti in SLI after that but most of my gaming is only based around CS:S/GO and Civilization V. I think adding a second 560Ti should be enough power for reasonable performance.
To be honest a good unit stay a good unit in my eyes. The brand does not really matter since at the end of the day there are not many OEM that manufacture PSUs out there.
I also see no point in paying a premium for a 80+ gold PSU with the sole intention of saving money (doesnt that sound redundant?) on your electricity bill. I mean, yes they are more efficient, but I see that pure marketing. You're better off looking at the amperage and wattage rating than the 80+ logo.
There are a lot of company that rebrand quality units out there,
Rosewill, Corsair, XFX...
It's really hard to go wrong.
I dont think that you could go wrong with any them. Just dont go overkill with it, you really dont need a 1KW power supply, for instance. I find that Guru3d have good reviews when it come to power requirements.
Yeah as I stated above, I don't see the need to upgrade just for slight efficiency increase; as you point out it's likely false economy. I use power monitors to check my usage pretty regularly anyway and I'm on the ball with keeping costs down. My caution mainly stems from having a string of crappy PSUs about 8-10 years back that took a load of components with them, and again refreshed today having to rescue my friends PC. I don't like XFX's RMA policies, they try to get out of everything from my experience, but I'll listen to group suggestions.
The longest I've had a PSU last that was used in a machine that I "pushed" was 5 years and 6 months (on a 5 year warranty, naturally) even though it was a top of the like PC Power & Cooling 1kw supply. I've had other PSU's last for 13 years on some machines (I've got an old Dell Optiplex at work that is still running daily with it's awesome copy of Windows 95!).
So you can never tell.
Might want to budget for a new one though.
Where I work, we have computers that have conroe machines that ran 24/7 non-stop for at least 5 years and are still running with their OEM crap PSUs.
You can never tell if a PSU is on its last hour/day/month/year.
I think having it budgeted in is a must if nothing else. My worry would literally be down to it taking other components with it on the way out.
Guess it is hard to predict by age, but based on everything said here I guess I'd rather be safe than sorry and get myself future-proofed at the same time.
, this red PSU is ruining my blue case!