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i had a tagan bz series bz1100W 80 plus that went dead after a year. it was overkill for my needs but i liked the look on it. i bought it for $128 from newegg on an open box deal. it seemed to work well but after 6 months it would sometimes not work if temperatures were below room temperature.
my rig is a music rig that i take on the road with me and that's why sometimes the comp might get a little cold in the car. one time a few weeks ago it just wouldnt power on. the first time it had problems i checked feedbacks on the newegg site and they seemed to die just after a year so i had it coming...
anyway... it's now dead and i called tagan and they are gonna rma it despite it being out of warranty. i'll be getting a $128 credit towards my new power supply.

requirements:

i) i'd like an 80 plus platinum, modular psu.
. i'm not sure whether there's a big difference btwn bronze, silver, gold and platinum psu's. but i'd like something that saves on my power bill. i'm not much of a gamer but sometimes i get depressed and game lol.

ii) i'd like something with a good resale value.

iii) a psu that looks good. i absolutely need the online bragging rights rolleyes.gif


i'm not sure what power i need because i don't overclock or sli/crossfire. but i'd be nice to have the option.

i've been looking at the CORSAIR AX1200i and Seasonic 860.


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What exactly will you be powering with that PSU?
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What exactly will you be powering with that PSU?
my sig.

6970
phenom II x4
128GB SD
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USB stuff like iphone camera


i have a second 6970 but never used it because my mb only takes one gpu.
    
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I'd go with something from the Corsair HX Series...probably a 750w. That will still be plenty of overkill for your system cost around $150. Are you hoping to stay under $128?

Though I am not sure what you mean by looks nice. Do you mean LED lights and stuff? I know that AX1200i isn't anything fancy. Just a black box.
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smile.gif

That's a <400W system at full load (with one VGA)... with a second one it'd be a ~600W system..... do yourself a favor and either upgrade your motherboard, or just sell the platform (CPU+Mobo) and get a Sandy/Ivy one.

1'st, buying a 1.2KW PSU for such system is stupid, there's no two ways about it..... buying a 1.2KW unit that costs ~350$ for such a system is miles beyond stupid, it's bordering some strange pathologies... but we won't talk about that. smile.gif

2'nd, look for a Rosewill Capstone unit at newegg, 550-650W, use the difference to update your system.
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the HX750 is a good choice. if you want the higher 80 plus rated PSUs though, look at an AX850 or a seasonic 860 platinum, though you dont need this much at all as pointed out above.
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post #7 of 62
Why don't you skip the $250 power supply and get a board that can put both of your 6970's to use ? A seasonic 860 or corsair ax1200i is ridiculous overkill for that rig.
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AX1200i is nice because of the built in monitoring, but the software is in an early stage of development as yet. You can get a power in and power out reading, but the efficiency calculation is broken (often reports 100%), the individual rails don't report an amperage reliably and it's generally pretty beta. Corsair also have absolutely awful customer service, despite the many fanboy reports you'll see. I brought another Corsair after my AX1200 went bang because of the monitoring features, but if I'd been able to get the Evga NEX1500 (which also has monitoring) at the time, I'd have got that instead.

If you don't care about monitoring, an AX850 would also be fine, I have one in a server that's been on 24/7 for a couple of years or so and never had a problem. 850 watts would be plenty for what you want to power.

In general, I think Corsair are good units, very few people seem to have trouble. I hate recommending them after the customer service I've received from them, but the other Corsair units I have, have been reliable, so I guess you just have to hope you don't get unlucky, and I've no reason to believe other manufacturers have better customer service anyway.
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buying a 1.2KW unit that costs ~350$ for such a system is miles beyond stupid, it's bordering some strange pathologies... but we won't talk about that. smile.gif


I... I nearly spit my drink out after reading this heh. You speak the truth though.
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this will be more then enough even for 2 6970's heavily overclocked
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