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post #1 of 41
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So Corsair is running a sweet deal if you buy a new PSU from them, you can get a fully colored sleeved cable kit from them free, which are close to $100 each depending on model.

I'm still running on my reliable Antec New TruePower 550w that I got as a warranty replacement after my Antec NeoWatt 500 died a few years ago. Its powering my evga 670 FTW and i5 2500k @ 4.6ghz with no issues. However, the factory sleeving is falling apart, its not totally modular and thus, has some legacy cables that I never use and its not capable of doing SLI if I decide to go for another 670 FTW down the road and power whatever CPU I decide to upgrade too. And its sad really, Antec has been a brand that I've loved for years for cases and PSU's but they just arn't what they used to be back in the 2000's and I think its time to say goodbye before this PSU also dies on me as it would be my 3rd Antec failure in 10 years.

http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/ax-series-power-supply-units/professional-series-gold-ax850-80-plus-gold-certified-fully-modular-power-supply.html

I do really like that the AX series is fully modular and that I can get a sleeve kit for it and not deal with that myself. However, I know the HX series is VERY popular and got a great review on Hard OCP and that a newer Version 2 out now and the newegg reviews on the HX series is awesome. The AX doesn't have as many reviews but seems to have a solid record, but I dunno if its been "revised" yet or not.

http://www.corsair.com/en/power-supply-units/hx-series-power-supply-units/hx-series-hx850-power-supply-850-watt-80-plus-gold-certified-modular-psu.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001459&IsNodeId=1&name=Corsair&cm_sp=PowSupp32-_-PopBrand-_-Corsair

I was planning on going up to 850watts so I have the power for whatever comes down the road in the future in the years to come. Any thoughts on this?
post #2 of 41
Both the HX and AX are fantastic and both of them have tons of great reviews. Don't just rely on Newegg. That's not even half of the amount of people that bought them.

Personally I'd get the AX series because it's 100% modular. It is definitely worth the money for 100% modular and would look even better with sleeving. Don't worry, just because Newegg doesn't have as many reviews as the HX, doesn't mean it's bad. It's just a newer model. The HX isn't fully modular. The sad part is that if you got cables for the HX PSU, you'd have all red (just an example) and then one black sleeve for the 24pin. I think that looks bad imho.

Spend the extra money if you care about the looks. If you don't mind having the one black stock sleeve, get the HX. Remember, both of them are great PSUs
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post #3 of 41
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Did the math personally just to see how it would balance out. If I got the AX850 from Corsair w/free colored sleeve cable kit being offered along with basic shipping = $245.31

Getting the AX850 from Newegg then buying cable sleeved kit from Corsair along with basic shipping costs = $264.41

So I still save about $20 with the Corsair cable deal. Just also learned that the Corsairs also come with a insane 7 year warranty! Wow, i'd never have to worry about a PSU again for a long time, especially if I move outa state and can't afford one for awhile wether due to upgrade reasons or this Antec one dies. So tempting.....
post #4 of 41
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I don't save alot more money going with the 750watt vs the 850 watt, only $30 on Corsairs website and the free colored cable sleeving kit offer is VERY tempting as thats $60 right there vs buying the PSU from Newegg and buying cable kit seperately.
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I you want the best the new Corsair AX760I and AX860I is probably the most advanced PSU´s out there they are 100% digtal
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post #6 of 41
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They also have some serious issues with the Corsair software and also arn't on the promotion for free sleeved cable kit.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1324891/corsair-deny-all-knowledge-ax1200i-software-broken-probably-applies-to-ax860i-and-ax760i-as-well/0_20
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Corsair ax850 is a champ n beauty!! Once you go fully modular, you never go back!
     
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post #8 of 41
For those that would like a truly "future proof" PSU, perhaps you should consider SeaSonic. My new build has one, and my 7 year old XP machine still has it's original SeaSonic, which it still going strong. I gave up on Antec after one took itself out, and a brand new Gigabyte motherboard with it.
post #9 of 41
Everyone and their mom says Corsair and Seasonic i will just for the sake of variety say that the NZXT HALE 90 series of PSU´s are very good i had a HALE 90 1000 watts myself and i got a HALE 90 650 watts for a friend of mine never had a single problem or issue with any of them
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Originally Posted by Blacksetter View Post

For those that would like a truly "future proof" PSU, perhaps you should consider SeaSonic. My new build has one, and my 7 year old XP machine still has it's original SeaSonic, which it still going strong. I gave up on Antec after one took itself out, and a brand new Gigabyte motherboard with it.
Seasonic makes Corsair.
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