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Poll Results: Good choice?

Poll expired: Jan 20, 2013 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 45% of voters (5)
    Yes
  • 18% of voters (2)
    Overkill
  • 36% of voters (4)
    Alternate (please post it)
11 Total Votes  
post #11 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post

OP said he's only shopping at Amazon though, and the Hives are more expensive than the Capstones there, oddly enough. kookoo.gif

Missed that part at the end. In that case, the Seasonic S12 II or Rosewill Capstone would be best or the Rosewill Green Series if you want as cheap as possible.
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post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post

OP said he's only shopping at Amazon though, and the Hives are more expensive than the Capstones there, oddly enough. kookoo.gif

The HIVE is $5 more and modular.
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post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for a lot of good alternates. I hadn't looked at several of them before. I do have one concern sorrounding power requirements. There was a 450W listed, and towards the end, a 380W listed. From what I've seen on calculators, I need around 500W for the listed hardware. I'm leaving some headroom for additional hard drives and potentially a blu-ray player further down the road which is why I've been aiming for the 550-600W point. The system will be dual-boot with FreeNAS running on another partition so that I can experiment with it. Also, my wife is a lot more into movies and music than I am, so expanding storage will be very important.

Finally, I've seen a lot of reviews that quote the ocz modxstream pro as having very short cables. If I don't see an anwer here, I'll start a new thread later. Can someone with experience with the OCZ model tell me what kind of problems they may or may not have had? Since this isn't an OC beast maching, I don't have to tuck the wires behind the MB tray, but if they won't reach the plugs on my mATX board in an ATX case (HAF 912) I'd obviously be quite upset.
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post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

with so many decent PSU's on the market as well as crappy ones best bet is to look for something in this thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

i would say something around the 500W mark will surfice.

While that's a great thread (and I looked at it before shopping) it doesn't take into account a lot of the qualifications I was looking for. For instance, 80+ is a must, and modular earns bonus points.
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post #15 of 20
How about the NZXT HALE 90 that one is built like a tank i tried overloading one and i did not succeed

Only downside is the white color which you may not like and the high price but it worth the price

And do not be fooled but the 80 plus gold as the HALE 90 was made before 80 plus platinum
And the cables are longer then any other PSU i have seen yet they are longer then the ones the Corsair AX series has
Edited by shilka - 1/20/13 at 11:56am
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post #16 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

How about the NZXT HALE 90 that one is built like a tank i tried overloading one and i did not succeed

Only downside is the white color which you may not like and the high price but it worth the price

And do not be fooled but the 80 plus gold as the HALE 90 was made before 80 plus platinum
And the cables are longer then any other PSU i have seen yet they are longer then the ones the Corsair AX series has
Enough with this already, you're turning into the Hale90 variant of those Corsair/Seasonic 4 life plants.
Edited by Original Sin - 1/20/13 at 2:03pm
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

How about the NZXT HALE 90 that one is built like a tank i tried overloading one and i did not succeed

Only downside is the white color which you may not like and the high price but it worth the price

And do not be fooled but the 80 plus gold as the HALE 90 was made before 80 plus platinum
And the cables are longer then any other PSU i have seen yet they are longer then the ones the Corsair AX series has

Quite outside the price range I was considering, and complete overkill for the system (which will probably hurt efficiency, but I haven't looked at the efficiency charts for it). It will go into consideration when I upgrade my system though, since I suck down considerably more power (with a 50% efficient Power supply atm).
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post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

How about the NZXT HALE 90 that one is built like a tank i tried overloading one and i did not succeed

Only downside is the white color which you may not like and the high price but it worth the price

And do not be fooled but the 80 plus gold as the HALE 90 was made before 80 plus platinum
And the cables are longer then any other PSU i have seen yet they are longer then the ones the Corsair AX series has
Why would someone be "fooled" by this? Why even bother posting that when efficiency certification is a meaningless metric on which to judge a PSU's overall quality and electrical performance? Sorry if I sound a bit harsh, but people need to stop using efficiency as a serious metric when purchasing a PSU, it's pretty much pointless to everyone except people with dedicated 24/7 Folding/BOINCing rigs and/or servers.
post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Some Random Guy View Post

Thanks for a lot of good alternates. I hadn't looked at several of them before. I do have one concern sorrounding power requirements. There was a 450W listed, and towards the end, a 380W listed. From what I've seen on calculators, I need around 500W for the listed hardware. I'm leaving some headroom for additional hard drives and potentially a blu-ray player further down the road which is why I've been aiming for the 550-600W point. The system will be dual-boot with FreeNAS running on another partition so that I can experiment with it. Also, my wife is a lot more into movies and music than I am, so expanding storage will be very important.
Well to put it in perspective, this Guru3d review of the 4890 has their system pulling 370W from the wall with the GPU maxed. That's before factoring in PSU efficiency. Since that review doesn't specify the PSU used, I'll be generous and assume they used a Gold unit. We can then use the "TwoCables" reverse math method and multiply that number by .87 (Gold standard is 87%+ efficiency) to get the real system draw (in this case 370 x .87 = 321.9W).

They conservatively recommend a 550W unit for a "high end system" but their test system is also using an overclocked i7 965, which consumes considerably more power than an A10. You should be able to comfortably fit everything in your plans on a good 450W unit. thumb.gif
Edited by Booty Warrior - 1/20/13 at 2:24pm
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bR0ken_pr0Jector View Post

Why would someone be "fooled" by this? Why even bother posting that when efficiency certification is a meaningless metric on which to judge a PSU's overall quality and electrical performance? Sorry if I sound a bit harsh, but people need to stop using efficiency as a serious metric when purchasing a PSU, it's pretty much pointless to everyone except people with dedicated 24/7 Folding/BOINCing rigs and/or servers.

I'm not sure if you were specifically targeting the poster you quoted, but in regards to my PSU choice, I will be running this system 24 hours as a NAS (when my wife isn't gaming), so efficiency is very important to me. It will help keep my energy bill down.

Edit: With the GPU removed when being utilized as a NAS.
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